A Dynamics Processor allows you to control the level (volume) of your audio. When set up correctly, it does this in a transparent way, not making hugely noticeable alterations to the sound, but nevertheless giving you the control that you may need.
All radio stations, television stations, pro club DJs, etc, use dynamics processors.
Examples of where a Dynamics Processor can help you:
Ever noticed how CDs often vary greatly in volume? You have the volume set just perfectly, then another song comes on from another CD and it's either way too loud, or too quiet. A dynamics processor handles this problem with style.
If you have background music playing in an office environment, or music during dinner, etc, that is not supposed to be too all-encompassing, then dynamics can present a problem. You want the music to be heard, but not annoying, or distracting to conversation. The normal dynamic range of a CD is almost as high as that of the human ear. CDs are mastered by audio engineers to sound great when you are fully focused and the music is the centre of your attention. We don't always listen to music in this context however, and therefore there are many situations where a dynamics processor is of tremendous benefit.
If you DJ through pro-quality gear, then the last thing you want to do is "blow up" your amp or speakers by inadvertently emitting levels that are too high. Even a short burst of audio that clips badly can destroy high-end speakers in a matter of seconds. With OtsAV you need never fear this scenario.
If you have an audio setup in your car, you may notice that because of the high road noise, etc, that you are continually turning the quieter parts of songs up. If you are doing this, then you need a dynamics processor. As stated, radio stations, as do all broadcast networks, use dynamics processing to their advantage. A large percentage of the radio stations' audience are people driving in cars. You may have noticed how "compressed" music on the radio sounds compared to the original CD.
OtsAV gives you a fully fledged, pro-quality dynamics processor comprising AGC, compressor and limiter. Full control is given to each of the characteristics of each processor section. You can duplicate a squashy or punchy radio sound if you like, but you can also obtain smooth, consistent audio that is not noticeably altered from the original, and yet all of a sudden your levels problems are solved.
For details on the Dynamics Processor Presets click here.
For a detailed explanation of Dynamics Processing click here.
To find the Dynamics Processor dialog box click on the icon on the toolbar.
OtsAV Dynamics Processor dialog box explained
Automatic Gain Control button: Enables/Disables the Automatic Gain Control in the Dynamics Processor.
Compressor button: Enables/Disables the Compressor in the Dynamics Processor.
Limiter button: Enables/Disables the Limiter in the Dynamics Processor.
Input gain slider: Adjusts the Input Level into the Dynamics Processor.
Output gain slider: Adjusts the Output Level out of the Dynamics Processor.
Lounge button: Enables the Lounge Dynamics Processor preset.
DJ button: Enables the DJ Dynamics Processor preset.
Party button: Enables the Party Dynamics Processor preset.
Office button: Enables the Office Dynamics Processor preset.
Radio button: Enables the Radio Dynamics Processor preset.
Fletcher-Munson compensation: (estimate audience dB SPL) options: Enables you to alter the Fletcher-Munson compensation options based upon your audience size.
Dynamics Processor Presets
Dynamics Processor meter explained
Understanding Dynamics Processing