The IK Multimedia TR5 Dyna-Mu has some really interesting analog vibe, and one really strange thing…
I will get to the strange thing in a minute, but let’s talk about something that doesn’t show up on the analysis chart below. The Dyna-Mu presents harmonics that are constantly changing. Not a lot, just very subtle movement. There is some crossover and phasing in the stereo channels (in a good way) that adds to this analog-ness. I would have to post a video file to show this (and I don’t feel like it), so you will just have to take my word or test it yourself.
If you look at the compression curve graphs you will see the strange thing—when the Dyna-Mu is set to “hard” (the equivalent to the limiter setting). On the Manley hardware unit in the limiter setting the compression ratio goes from 4:1 to 20:1 when the threshold hits about -12db. IK Multimedia says they simply switch to 4:1. There seems to be something strange going on. Setting the attack slower gives a more natural feel. (See the charts below.) Maybe someone can give a better explanation for this -?
Compare the Dyna-Mu to the UAD Manley Variable Mu.
- Don’t use the “hard” setting. The normal setting models the limit function of the Manley hardware.
- If you are looking for a softer knee, you won’t really find it on the plugin. A slower attack is the best you can do. This may make the Dyna-Mu less capable on a mix bus, but it gives you more overall aggression suitable for other things
- This really does the analog thing well. Put it on a channel and set the threshold to max. Forget about compressing and just add some vibe.