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
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
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
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?
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-walling.
The DSP loading is dynamic so features turned off
don't consume DSP.