Valley People Dyna-mite
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A secret weapon to some—a hidden treasure to the rest. Squash drums, get a snappy bassline, enhance track dynamics, duck, gate, key or de-ess. The Valley People Dyna-mite is a Swiss army knife limiter/expander design with unique character that inspires to new sounds.

The Dyna-mites usefulness goes way beyond the snappy and aggressive compression it is mostly known and loved for. True enough, used as a compressor it can make you blink involuntarily at every drum hit you send through it. But it can also be used as a highly versatile expander or a full on gate. Even in this day and age of digital recording with all its editing possibilites, a nice expander is still a very useful tool, for example to control microphone bleed in a natural manner. And a good gate still saves tons of time from editing. The gate can of course also be keyed from an external sidechain, which gives a lot of interesting possibilies.

The Valley People Dyna-mite features a limit mode, an expander mode, a gate mode, a de-esser mode and on top of that, two sidechain modes that let you duck or follow a track. Any way you use it, the Dyna-mite has a very special vibe and flavor.

Nowadays, the Dyna-mite has a reputation not only as a problem solver but also as a creative tool that can really influence your sound in a unique way.

In short

  • Limiting: Peak and average limiting, incl. negative ratio (-20:1) limiting and detector HF filtering (for De-Essing purposes).
  • Expanding: Hard or soft with extreme gate settings and detector HF filtering.
  • Ducking or Keying modes with external side chain (where available).
  • Threshold knob with auto make-up gain.
  • Release ranging from 0.05 to 5 sec/20 dB with Anticipatory Release Computation (ARC) to reduce pumping.
  • Output volume with accurately modeled output distortion and clip LED.
  • Innovative Range knob that controls maximum amount of expansion or limiting.
  • Built-in interactive guide that displays current settings and active mode.

Read more about Valley People.


Limiting mode examples

Limiting mode examples

Expander mode examples

Expander mode examples

Keying (sidechain expansion) examples

Keying (sidechain expansion) examples

Ducking (sidechain limiting) examples

Ducking (sidechain limiting) examples

De-essing example

De-essing example
Valley People Dyna-mite product video
Creative Sidechaining (Keying)
Limiting Drums
Beef up drums with expansion
Valley People Dyna-mite for Reason RE
Shorten decay of an acoustic guitar
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I like the Dyna-mite because, well, it sounds like dynamite! Definitely a unique character that you don't find with other compressors.

Andrew Scheps, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2

Click to show Michael Wagener in his WireWorld Studios.

There is always the debate if plug-ins sound close to the original. With the Softube Dyna-mite I hear absolutely no difference, those guys nailed it.

Michael Wagener, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Dokken, Alice Cooper, etc.

Click to show Joe Chiccarelli

It puts an amazing front end on the attack of a snare or a tambourine that really makes it speak in a track.

Joe Chiccarelli, Mixer/Engineer/Producer for Beck, U2, The Strokes, Elton John, etc.

Click to show Koen Heldens pondering the next move.

The Dyna-mite is a hidden gem, a secret weapon and a forgotten legend.

Koen Heldens, Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, Timbaland

Click to show Alan Braxe.

With Dyna-mite, I can go from subtle to extreme settings, the possibilities are very wide.

Alan Braxe, One of the pioneers behind the "French Touch" in electronic music. Worked with Daft Punk, Björk, Justice, Britney Spears and Beyoncé.

Click to show Mixerman/Eric Sarafin

Dyna-mite ... holy shit! This plug-in sounds exactly as I remember the original. It's so perfectly aggressive, and that's very useful when you want to hammer a part with compression.

Mixerman/Eric Sarafin, Mixer and author.

Click to show Joe Chiccarelli

Of late I've been using the Dynamite plug in on drums. Combining it with the FET Compressor I can create some pretty aggressive drum sounds quickly when I need them. Snare drums just seem to crack thru any track with little effort.

Joe Chiccarelli, Mixer/Engineer/Producer for Beck, U2, The Strokes, Elton John, etc.

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I'm very familiar with the Dyna-mite, having owned a stereo unit for many years. They were basically the 'Distressor of the Eighties.' I used them all the time as a Drum Crusher. They could pump and breathe like crazy and put a great attack pop on a snare drum. Yes, even in the mid eighties I was using them as parallel compression on drums and synths. They also worked well on Electric pianos and room mics. In the Eighties I used them on albums for Oingo Boingo, The Stranglers, and even Pat Benatar. One trick I used back then was to put a shotgun mic 8-10 up over the snare drum gate it and compress it with the Dynamite...

The plug-in, wow. It certainly does that thing. It puts an amazing front end on the attack of a snare or a Tambourine that really makes it speak in a track. It can turn an Electric Bass into a Synth Bass and an Upright bass into an electric. There is something very wrong about this plug-in compressor. But sometimes it can really be most 'right' sound for the track. The gating works great. It brings back all those Gated Snare Drum Echo memories. Sometimes the '80's can be very very cool.....

Joe Chiccarelli, Mixer/Engineer/Producer for Beck, U2, The Strokes, Elton John, etc.

Click to show Bil VornDick

It is nice to have the Valley People Dyna-mite again. Marty Robbins bought one for his studio when they were first made. As his Chief Engineer, I used it all the time, and now, how cool to have it again as an insert. Sounds like I remember.

Bil VornDick, Marty Robbins, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent

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Wonderfully arcane and quirky recording/mixing gear is my bailiwick so know that Dyna-mite doesn't disappoint me at all. I like it as much as Softube's brilliant Tubetech CL1-B Compressor plug-in. Dyna-mite promises a lot and delivers more! A big winner here at my Tones 4 $ Studios!

Barry Rudolph, Contributing editor for MIX Magazine and 'New Toys' columnist for L.A.'s Music Connection Magazine.

Sällan har vi hört bättre trumkompression i mjukvaruform.

Studio, Magazine (Sweden)

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Dyna-mite excels in those situations where you need crack and snap.

Computer Music, Magazine

Softube seems to have genuinely unearthed and rejuvenated a cult classic, ready for a new lease of life.

...trying out the Dyna-mite may well prove to be an addictive experience.

Music Tech, Magazine

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