Sof­tube launch a pair of of­fi­cial Weiss mas­ter­ing tools

The $8,000+ dig­i­tal DS1 hard­ware comes to the plugin realm, along with an ac­ces­si­ble lim­iter

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Swiss out­fit Weiss En­gi­neer­ing have a de­served rep for qual­ity high-end au­dio gear, with more than three decades’ ex­pe­ri­ence cre­at­ing pro­ces­sors and con­vert­ers for the world’s top mas­ter­ing stu­dios. One such pro­ces­sor is their DS1 com­pres­sor, lim­iter and de-esser – a dig­i­tal mas­ter­ing box beloved by Bob Katz and Dead­mau5 alike, but ex­ist­ing out of reach of most mu­si­cians, at $8,000. Thank­fully, for those of us with­out that sort of cash ly­ing about, Sof­tube have now teamed up with Weiss to cre­ate an of­fi­cially sanc­tioned soft­ware ver­sion.

This plugin recre­ation comes in two forms – a full ver­sion of the DS1-MK3 and the MM-1 Mas­ter­ing Max­i­mizer, which con­tains just the unit’s lim­it­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties in a cut-down, sim­pli­fied in­ter­face. Sof­tube stress that th­ese plug­ins aren’t em­u­la­tions, but rather line-by-line ports of the dig­i­tal tech housed in the orig­i­nal hard­ware.

The full DS1-MK3 plugin fea­ture lim­it­ing, com­pres­sion and de-esser al­go­rithms, which can all process at res­o­lu­tions up to 32-bit/192 kHz. The plugin adds to the de­sign of the orig­i­nal hard­ware with two new lim­it­ing al­go­rithms and a se­lec­tion of new pre­sets, in­clud­ing some cre­ated by lauded en­gi­neer Bob Katz.

The MM-1, mean­while, of­fers five ‘flavours’ of lim­it­ing. With its sim­ple in­ter­face, Sof­tube claim the MM-1 is “im­pos­si­ble to get wrong”. They also make the bold claim that it can make your mixes “louder than any other prod­uct with­out sac­ri­fic­ing de­sir­able tone and dy­nam­ics”.

Both plug­ins are avail­able now. The DS1-MK3 is priced at $499 (al­though cur­rently avail­able at an in­tro price of $399), mak­ing it rather ex­pen­sive in plugin terms, but still a frac­tion of the orig­i­nal’s cost. The MM-1, mean­while, RRPs at $199.

To co­in­cide with the launch, Sof­tube have also re­leased an up­dated ver­sion of their Vol­ume plugin bun­dle. Vol­ume 2 adds the MM-1 to the mix, along with last year’s Tape and Fix Phaser plug­ins, which join an as­sort­ment of Sof­tube’s other mix­ing, mas­ter­ing and ef­fects plug­ins. The Vol­ume 2 bun­dle is also out now, at $499, but with a $399 in­tro of­fer cur­rently avail­able.

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