DDMF have announced an update to Plugindoctor, their cross-platform VST and AU plug-in analyser software which is now available as a plug-in as well as a standalone app. Plugindoctor offers a wide range of measurement tools suited to both developers and users who want to understand exactly what a plug-in is doing to their audio.
The software features an FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) engine and offers independent stereo channel analysis, and a built-in oscilloscope allows users to monitor input signals in real time. A Linear mode allows the measurement of magnitude and phase response using either delta or random input signals, and a Harmonic mode facilitates the accurate analysis of the frequency response of a sinusoidal input signal.
Ramping signals can be utilised to test compression or expansion, and attack-release signals allow users to check their compressor plug-in’s attack and decay curves. Plugindoctor is capable of loading two plug-ins in parallel for simultaneous analysis, and a storage option is provided for the resulting curves when taking measurements in the Linear and Harmonic analysis modes, allowing for easy comparisons of different plug-ins or settings.
The standalone version is available in both 32 and 64-bit versions, and the plug-in version is available in the VST, VST3, AU or AAX formats for analysis within DAW software. Both versions are capable of loading VST, VST3, and AU (on a Mac) plug-ins.
Plugindoctor v2 is available now from the DDMF website, priced at £33 including VAT. Users of Plugindoctor v1 are eligible for a free upgrade.