Having tested a beta version of the dNa-MultiCOMP I soon incorporated it into my mastering setup on the Scope XITE-1D.  That was in January 2015.  Now in 2017 I am still using it and have recently upgraded it to the release version.  So, I can say that this device is well worn in and stood the test of time over at least 400 mastering jobs.


Three band multi-compressors have been part of my mastering setup over 15 years. Starting with the DADEV MultiCOMP then a hardware version by TC Electronics, the rack mounted Triple C was a workhorse.

The Triple C interfaced to my system via SP/DIF however, it would only run as high as 48KHz. So upon acquisition of the Scope XITE-1D I was on the lookout for a Scope based multi-band compressor that would work at 96KHz.


Dante: I think you had taken a break from Scope development in order to bring a new born into the world. His name was Deon if I recall - was he a 'Little Ra Of Sunshine' ? And do you think there will be more to come?

Ray: Man Dante!  It was a rough ride back then because a lot happened in a relatively short time. My relationship ended after 16 years and almost had to leave the house because of her. Then I met someone, Tessa and yes, she got pregnant. But we have a wonderful son, Deon, and she already had a lovely daughter, our daughter Daïris.  She sees me as her father so we have two kids.  And for the both of us....that is enough (lol). It was hard finding a new balance between family and passion.  But kids give a wonderful meaning to life don't you think Dante? (you have kids also right?)

Dante: Only step kids here - grown up - and they are great yes!  So when you came back to device development, you had a fresh perspective and enthusiasm?

Well for some time I just didn't have the energy or enthusiasm to be honest. I had idea's, and some devices worked out, but some gave me some serious problems in my opinion rendering them useless that I couldn't fix and haven't released. I really had to push myself. The release of Optimus Prime was the period when it all went haywire in my personal life.

Dante:  So you got back on track with a little help from your friends ?

Ray: Holger also helped me out back then. The reactions on the Optimus Prime we're overwhelming, which also did me well. But the bar was set and raised for dNa after that - at least that was how I saw and felt it. But it gave me good insight on what to do with dNa. You can only make so many compressors and equalizers. At least, that is what I thought. I don't recall exactly what happened (could be before or after Optimus), but you Dante asked me if I could make a multi-band compressor. I told you that I wasn't a fan of multi band compression but I'd give it a try.   That was a nice push, since it did came out very nice.

Dante:  It was the DADEV MultiComp that got me into multi-band compression back in the early Pulsar 2 days - it was one of my first 3rd party plug-ins and I couldn't believe how great it made my mixes sound.  Since then, I bought an outboard hardware TC Electronics TripleC to save DSP power.  But since it only goes up to 48KHz and I operate now at 96KHz - that's where the dNa MultiCOMP has come in really handy on my setup.  What did you think of the outcome?

Ray: It came out very nice but I didn't like the look and I didn't know what direction to go with it GUI wise. I had forced myself in the “Classic look”, that is for example in 1 window as with the Classic dNa processors, and the thought that it could be an actual hardware device. But this needed more of a modern and digital look, because of all the features I fitted in there. I had some previous experiences with the Optimus Prime which also has multiple features in a small window displaying. For me it is all about usability and a nice and intuitive user interface. How I would manage the GUI and sonic elements to deliver it all in a nice and intuitive interface? I more and more started to let go of the classic look and investigated other possibilities, and the interfaces of the Racks and especially the MultiCOMP are prime examples of that. I really like the outcome.

The controls are self explanatory. The filters tend to narrow as you tune in more so they wide at low gain, narrower at higher gain.  And the analog feature you know from my other processors are used for for brick-wallingThe DSP loading is dynamic so features turned off don't consume DSP.

Dante and Ray January 2018