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Valley People Dyna-mite
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Genius, expanded

A secret weapon to some, a hidden treasure to the rest, the Valley People Dyna-mite is a Swiss army knife limiter/expander design with unique character that has inspired engineers to do crazy things with sound for decades.

Now it’s more versatile and easier to use than ever. Adding two hyper-focused plug-ins based on the same sound, we’ve boiled it down into a simple, modern package. Meet Dyna-mite Slam, and Dyna-mite Gate!

Paul Buff built custom gear for Frank Zappa. Need we say more? The cool factor is tangible. By the time he patented his TA-101 VCA (‘The Electronic Gain Control Device’ – the heart of the Dyna-mite) in 1980, his reputation was already unimpeachable.

Gate is fantastic!!!

Kevin Kadish, Grammy nominated songwriter and producer for artists such as Meghan Trainor and Jason Mraz.

The Dyna-mite is essentially a limiter or an expander, but through a sophisticated combination of switch positions, it is capable of more or less any manipulation of dynamics from gating to RMS compression, from keying and ducking to ridiculously extreme levelling.

Now, however, you can find all of these magical sonic combinations easily with the two new plug-ins, Slam and Gate. Slam takes care of all of the downward stuff – the compression and limiting – in as close to a one-knob format as Dyna-mite could ever become, while Gate deals with the upward operations – the gating and expanding. You can control bleed in a subtle manner, add punch to a snare, crush a rock vocal into submission, or duck a synth bass around a kick. And you don’t even really need to read the manual.

Another great set of plugs - the gate reminds me of the old school gates that were really fast and punchy, quick and sharp - and slam is really cool; very gooey and thick. Loved using it on drums and bass and vocals! It compresses without losing the punch of the transients.

Howard Willing, Producer, engieer and mixer for Smashing Pumpkins, Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson.

The original plug-in is included (with a slightly updated look) for experts, but all the joy of the Dyna-mite comes forward in Slam and Gate, in a more focused form than ever.

All three plug-ins come under the same license, for the one price.

In short

  • Three plug-ins in one – the original Dyna-mite, plus focused 'Slam' & 'Gate' plug-ins
  • 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.
  • Release ranging from 0.05 to 5 sec/20 dB with Anticipatory Release Computation (ARC) to reduce pumping.
  • Analog-modeled output distortion for serious attitude and vibe.
  • All the detailed dynamic control – and it’s quick and easy.

I’m loving Slam. Very useful. It seems to be expanding and giving me control of the groove in a really fun way.

Tony Maserati, Legendary Mixer for Jay-Z, Beyoncé, James Brown, Jennifer Lopez, etc.

Read more about Valley People.

ALL VISUAL AND AURAL REFERENCES TO THE VALLEY PEOPLE DYNA-MITE TRADEMARK ARE BEING MADE WITH WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM PMI AUDIO. THE VALLEY PEOPLE AND DYNA-MITE LOGOS ARE TRADEMARKS OF PMI AUDIO GROUP, USED UNDER LICENSE

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
Dyna-mite Product Video
Dyna-mite Walkthrough
Valley People Dyna-mite product video
Beef up drums with expansion
Limiting Drums
Creative Sidechaining (Keying)
Valley People Dyna-mite for Reason RE
Shorten decay of an acoustic guitar
Delamar (Delamar)

Delamar
www.delamar.de​/test​/softube-dyna-mite-testbericht

Apfelwahn Redaktionstipp (Apfelwahn)

Apfelwahn Redaktionstipp
apfelwahn.de​/music​/blog​/2010​/05​/test-softube-valley-people-dyna-mite

Music Radar Rating (Computer Music)

Music Radar Rating
www.musicradar.com​/gear​/all​/computers-software​/plug-in-fx​/valley-people-dyna-mite-260410​/review

Quotes

Click to show Kevin Kadish. Photo: Slowguy.

Gate is fantastic!!!

Kevin Kadish, Grammy nominated songwriter and producer for artists such as Meghan Trainor and Jason Mraz.

Click to show Howard Willing

Another great set of plugs - the gate reminds me of the old school gates that were really fast and punchy, quick and sharp - and slam is really cool; very gooey and thick. Loved using it on drums and bass and vocals! It compresses without losing the punch of the transients.

Howard Willing, Producer, engieer and mixer for Smashing Pumpkins, Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson.

Click to show Tony Maserati in the studio with Softube plug-ins

I’m loving Slam. Very useful. It seems to be expanding and giving me control of the groove in a really fun way.

Tony Maserati, Legendary Mixer for Jay-Z, Beyoncé, James Brown, Jennifer Lopez, etc.

Click to show Ryan Hewitt

Dynamite plugin is awesome! Smashing a room on the current mix and it’s doing exactly what I want.

Ryan Hewitt, Grammy awarded engineer for artists such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers, Blink-182 and many others.

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 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 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 Andrew Scheps

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 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 Joe Chiccarelli

...The Valley People Dynamite SLAM is a really great aggressive compressor for drums and bass. It was truly unique in the 1980s and still remains that way today...

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

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

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

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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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

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