Honestly, I’m pretty amazed we haven’t posted this one up sooner. As far as the free VSTs in my own personal kit, this one I rank near the top. I have massive respect for Sascha @ digital fish phones, I’ve tried nearly all of their plugs, and have been impressed with just about every single ones.
But let’s talk about Dominion, specifically.
Dominion is a VST available for Windows and Mac OS9+. It may not work on some newer versions of MacOS, or may require some sort of MacOS9 compatibility pack – Sascha himself doesn’t seem to know, and I have only used the VST on my Windows 7 machine. If anyone can let us know in the comments below, it would be appreciated.
Dominion is an Envelope Shaper – an absolutely invaluable tool for mixing. The gist of the idea is that one would use the envelope shaper in much the same way as a Sidechain – to clear up the problem of having two instruments “hit” at exactly the same time. For example, if your closed hi-hat is tapping on the same beat as your snare, and they “clash” a bit, or maybe you just want to make it sound a bit more “epic” and complex, you could pull out the envelope shaper and increase the attack on the hat a bit. In limited cases you may want to do the reverse – increase the attack on your kick, and then lower the sustain on the hat – putting the hat a tiny and often imperceptible to the listener amount of time before the hit of the kick. Small tricks like this can make all the difference when mixing. The reader is encourage to try a lot of things, in order to figure out his / her “mixing style”, while using Dominion.
The Saturator here can be useful, but I would advise the reader from going overboard with it. In very “digital” genres, such as glitch or glitch hop, or even vapor wave possibly, excess saturation can be used for a spectacular limited duration effect. However, when applying to a multitude of sounds, on your master bus, or for the entire duration of a sound, the amount of noise introduced by a heavy saturation can sometimes become overbearing. Train your ears to find these points, and listen for what works in your specific style or genre.
As always, hit us up with comments below if you like what we had to say, or the VST itself.
Download Link (Windows): http://www.digitalfishphones.com/binaries/dominion_v1.2_PC.zip
Download Link (Mac): http://www.digitalfishphones.com/binaries/dominion_v1.2_MacOS9.sit
Download Page: http://www.digitalfishphones.com/main.php?item=2&subItem=4