MasterWorks Series

Manually crafted plug-in processing for your audio

MasterWorks Series

Manually crafted plug-in processing for your audio

Masterfully crafted plug-in processing for your audio

MasterWorks Series

Digital Performer's MasterWorks™ series premium audio processors have been engineered for the most demanding and exacting mixing situations. They feature virtually infinite internal dynamic range with both 32-bit and 64-bit processing, CPU-efficient performance, and accurate modeling of classic analog circuits. Where appropriate, multiple channel configurations are provided (mono, stereo and surround channel configurations). These plug-ins have garnered such respect in the industry, they are now available for sale as a separate package for other audio hosts. This allows you to leave them instantiated on tracks when transferring projects to other host applications.

Modeled analog console EQ

MasterWorks Equalizer

Inspired by legendary British analogue console EQs, the MasterWorks EQ gives you the look, feel, and sound of the most sought-after classic equalizers.

Graphic editing with real-time FFT

Get a bird's-eye view and hands-on editing of all seven filters. Drag control points and filter width (Q) bars to dial in settings interactively as you listen. Show and hide filter curves and other elements in the display to focus when needed. You can also view a real-time FFT display of the audio material being EQ'd to immediately see the effects of the filter on the frequency content of your audio.

Seven filters

Each of the seven EQ filters is clearly indicated by a unique color. Create highly customized filtering for even the most demanding situations. Two mid bands each include a shelf filter option, and the two outside bands provide high-pass and low-pass filtering with variable slopes from a flexible range of 6 to 36 dB per octave.


Modeled gain and Q behavior

Each filter type uniquely handles the dynamic interaction between Gain and Q. This crucial relationship has been modeled to emulate the smooth and musical character of classic analog EQ circuits, in which the gain/Q dependency was dictated by the actual circuit design and electrical components used. The resulting filter types exhibit astonishing versatility, from minor corrective tasks to highly creative applications.

Four EQ styles

Each center-frequency band provides four EQ types that represent current popular EQ styles and vintage analog EQ styles alike. These filter types faithfully model the magic of analog equalization, and they've been carefully crafted and meticulously engineered to produce musical results in a wide variety of applications.

Provides the most precision, with the least interaction between gain and Q. A smooth, yet precise modern EQ.

Produces constant Q response during boost or cut, emulating classic consoles. Good for controlling resonance on drums and percussion tracks.

This style emulates the classic Neve EQs, their modern derivatives, and later SSL G series EQs. Many current popular boutique hardware EQs exhibit this same gain/Q relationship.

A more extreme form of Type III, this filter exhibits a high degree of interaction between Q and gain in order to maintain as closely as possible an equal amount of area under the response curve as gain is adjusted. Ideal for any applications where subtle changes in the overall character of the sound are desired.

Uniquely accurate model of a coveted classic compressor

MasterWorks Leveler

The MasterWorks Leveler is an accurate model of the legendary Teletronix™ LA-2A optical leveling amplifier, known for its unique, coveted Automatic Gain Control (AGC) characteristics.

Your silver bullet: the T4 module

Conventional compression and limiting with threshold, attack, ratio, and release do not apply here: the heart of the LA-2A is the T4 opto-coupler, a photoelectric device with almost magical (signal dependent) self-adjusting behavior that makes optical compressors the tool of choice for top engineers worldwide.

Hardware modeling at its finest

During the Leveler's extensive R&D cycle, our engineers discovered response characteristics in the T4 module that are simply not accurately reflected in other LA-2A models on the market. In fact, the MasterWorks Leveler model is so accurate, you need to give the plug-in a minute to warm up and "settle in" to its fully operational state, just like the real hardware! A menu option lets you save the "warm" state, without waiting.

Apply to just about anything

Use MasterWorks Leveler to smooth out just about any audio material, from vocals to bass guitar to full-program mixes, without destroying perceived dynamics. Thanks to incredibly high CPU-efficient performance, you can apply the Leveler as needed to the elements of your mix.

Authentic controls for authentic sound

The MasterWorks Leveler controls match the front panel of the original LA-2A: Gain Reduction and Makeup Gain knobs, along with Limiter and Compressor buttons, plus an accurately modeled VU meter that adheres to IEC standards. Identical controls for identical results&hellip'

Actually, it's four models in one

The LA-2A evolved over the years, producing slightly different characteristics in each generation, so the MasterWorks Leveler also provides four different LA-2A models: Slow Vintage, Fast Vintage, Slow Modern, and Fast Modern.

The 1176LN peak limiter reborn

MasterWorks FET-76™

The MasterWorks FET-76 is a detailed model of the 1176LN Limiting Amplifier introduced by UREI in 1968 (the D/E revisions). The 1176 uses FETs (Field Effect Transistors) to control audio gain reduction, with very fast response. Popular for getting “big” sounds from bass, kick and snare, guitar, lead vocals, synths and even full mixes, the FET-76 provides the same controls and sound as the original analog hardware, including the ability to press multiple ratio buttons at one time for aggressive compression settings.

Precision limiting with 64-bit floating point processing

MasterWorks Limiter

The full-featured MasterWorks Limiter is designed for a broad range of stereo or surround limiting and mastering applications. View the overall density of the mix with the real-time frequency histogram. Work with 16-bit, 24-bit or even 32-bit floating point audio material. Downsample with dither and noiseshaping for optimal results.

Advanced stereo gating with side-chain and look-ahead

MasterWorks Gate

The MasterWorks Gate provides advanced gating effects with independent control of the left and right channel of stereo signals. Adjustable lookahead helps preserve attack transients, and it can be applied independently or jointly to the left/right channels. Trigger the gate with side-chain input, in stereo or separately for each channel.

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Virtual Instruments

Thumpin' bass lines, sparkling leads, rich pads, and slammin' drums: all included

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Guitar FX

Authentically modeled, classic guitar amps, cabs, and stomps