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DCAM Dynamics is a quartet of component-modelled compression plug-ins: BusComp, an SSL-style bus compressor; ChanComp, an 1176-style limiting amplifier; CrossComp, a frequency-conscious buss compressor; and EnvShaper, a transient shaping compressor.
BusComp is intended for use on group and master busses. It's as easy to use as its inspiration, with all the expected controls in place, including the indented Attack, Release and Ratio knobs, the latter of which gives only 2:1, 4:1 and 10:1 options. It sounds every bit as good as The Glue on drum busses and full mixes.
ChanComp is also largely defined by its parametric limitations, just like the hardware it apes. With Ratios of 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, 20:1 and 'Nuke' (emulating the 1176's high-impact 'all button mode'), and no threshold control, you can't really go wrong.
CrossComp aims to provide frequency-conscious compression without the hassle of a full-spec multiband plug-in. Clearly the creative member of the team, its combination of parallel processing and frequency-conscious compression can work wonders on full drum tracks and sampled loops.
Finally, EnvShaper takes its inspiration from SPL's Transient Designer, empowering us with the quasi-magical ability to raise/lower the transient and sustain stages of the input signal. The controls couldn't be simpler, and though its most obvious application is the lengthening or shortening of drums, basses, short synth sounds, pianos and even guitars are fair game.
DCAM Dynamics proves that top tier track/mix processing really doesn't have to carry a hefty price tag. The modelling is spot-on, the sound is gorgeous, the usability is excellent and the range of compression bases covered is broad yet individually focused.45 Stars