HoRNet’s Dynamics Control is designed to reduce your dynamic range

Dynamic range is one of the most talked about aspects of music production, and now HoRNet has released a new plugin that enables you to have “full control” over it. In fact, Dynamics Control, as it’s called, effectively enables you to limit the dynamic range, so we’re told.

Three compressors are involved here. A standard one, which has a soft knee and a smooth response, is used to limit the loudest parts, while the second, which is based on the CompExp algorithm, changes the gain level to squeeze the signal around the chosen threshold level. There’s also the ‘upward’ compressor, which amplifies rather than reduces any signal that falls below the set threshold.

The theory is that peaks are smoothed out by the ‘top’ compressor, softer parts are lifted with the ‘bottom’ one, and the general dynamic range is reduced with the ‘mid’ model. Attack and release times can be set globally, and there’s also a saturation algorithm that can be used to reduce peaks.

Designed to be used on the master bus in particular, Dynamics Control could also be useful on vocals, voiceovers and podcasts.

Find out more on the HoRNet Plugins website. Dynamics Control costs €12.99 and is available for PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats. You can try a demo before you buy. 

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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