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FabFilter Pro-DS v1.11

Review:

FabFilter Pro-DS
  
FabFilter Pro-DS

Intelligent and transparent!

Even when using the best mics, pre-amps and converters, sibilance in vocal recordings can easily get over-accentuated during post-processing like compression or saturation. But don’t worry, FabFilter Pro-DS comes to the rescue!


Highlights

Accurate detection
With its highly intelligent 'Single Vocal' detection algorithm, FabFilter Pro-DS accurately identifies sibilance in vocal recordings and attenuates it transparently.
When using the 'Allround' mode, Pro-DS becomes a great tool for high-frequency limiting of any material, like drums or even full mixes. Try it out yourself!

Everything you need
FabFilter Pro-DS offers everything you need to get the best result possible, presented in a simple and easy-to-use interface. Wide band or linear-phase split band processing, an optional look-ahead of up to 15 ms, adjustable stereo linking with optional mid-only or side-only processing, up to four times linear-phase oversampling… it's all there.

FabFilter goodies
Of course, you also get all the usual FabFilter goodies: perfectly tuned knobs, MIDI Learn, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, an excellent help file with interactive help hints, SSE optimization and much more!

Key features

  • Highly intelligent 'Single Vocal' detection, and classic 'Allround' detection
  • Transparent program-dependent compression/limiting
  • Adjustable Threshold, Range and detection HP and LP filtering settings
  • Wide Band or linear-phase Split Band processing
  • Optional look-ahead time up to 15 ms
  • Freely adjustable stereo linking
  • Optional mid-only or side-only processing
  • Up to four times linear-phase oversampling
  • Real-time de-essing display, clearly showing the affected parts of processed audio
  • Side-chain input meter, making it easy to choose a good Threshold value
  • Real-time spectrum analyzer built into the HP/LP filter controller
  • GPU-powered graphics acceleration
  • High-quality 64-bit internal processing
  • Double-click text entry of parameter values
  • Large and compact interface sizes
  • Stereo and mono plug-ins available
  • Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces
  • MIDI Learn
  • Undo/redo and A/B comparison
  • Smart Parameter Interpolation
  • Sample-accurate automation of all parameters
  • Extensive help file with interactive help hints
  • Available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit), as well as RTAS (32-bit only)

All FabFilter plug-ins are available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit), as well as RTAS (32-bit only).

Windows

  • 64-bit: Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista
  • 32-bit: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP
  • VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools

Mac OS X

  • 64-bit: OS X 10.6 or higher
  • 32-bit: OS X 10.5 or higher
  • AU or VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools
  • Intel processor

What's new in version 1.11?

  • Pro-DS, Pro-L 2, Pro-MB: Added visualization of the plug-in output level on Pro Tools control surfaces.

All plug-ins

  • Updated plug-in for full compatibility with Mac hosts built specifically for macOS 10.14 (Mojave), such as Logic Pro 10.4.4, running under macOS 10.14.0 or 10.14.1. Previously this could lead to an all-black plugin interface.
  • Improved the way settings are saved when multiple plug-in instances are open to make sure the last setting that was chosen is saved correctly for new instances.
  • Added support for 300% scaling on 8K displays (High DPI) on Windows.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause incorrect scaling of the plug-in interface in Cubase 10 or Live 10 on High DPI displays in combination with certain graphics drivers on Windows.
  • Added a Refresh item to the Options submenu of the presets menu: this makes it possible to manually refresh the menu (and any V1/V2 Preset Folder submenus if available).
  • Fixed a bug on Mac that could cause program changes received by one plug-in to be forwarded to other FabFilter plug-in instances.
  • Various minor bug fixes and improvements.

What's new in version 1.10?

All plug-ins:

  • Fixed possible crashes in Logic Pro X, which occasionally tries to initialize plug-ins with invalid/uninitialized buffers.
  • Fixed possible crash in Nuendo 7 on macOS when closing a plugin.
  • Fixed issues with key stroke stealing on Windows when using the Avid S6 control surface.
  • Fixed incorrect appearance of plug-in interfaces in Live 10 in High DPI mode.
  • The VST 2.4 plug-in will now automatically adapt its channel layout to match the audio/track it is placed on. Note that the separate "(Mono)" version of the plug-ins are still included for backwards compatibility.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when moving the mouse over the right edge of a menu with icons.
  • Small bug fixes and improvements.

What's new in version 1.09?

  • Added a workaround for a bug in Ableton Live that caused latency compensation to work incorrectly when loading a session that sets the parameters such that the plug-in doesn't have latency, in combination with a default preset that does introduce latency. This only occurred with the VST plugin format and caused Live to use the latency from the default preset.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the plug-in interface to use more memory than needed if the display was not enabled.
  • Improved Avid S6 page tables mappings in the AAX plug-ins, now more closely following Avid's conventions for a better workflow.

Burning Question: What are Audio Compressors and How do I Use Them?

Learn about types of compression; terminologies like attack and release, limiting, and compression ratio; compression in vocals and voiceovers; and third-party compression plug-ins. This is an overview, so there’s a lot that isn’t covered here, but this will hopefully give you some background for further exploration.

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What are Audio Compressors and How do I Use Them?

Learn about types of compression; terminologies like attack and release, limiting, and compression ratio; compression in vocals and voiceovers; and third-party compression plug-ins. This is an overview, so there’s a lot that isn’t covered here, but this will hopefully give you some background for further exploration.

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