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  • 4.9/5

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A legendary, one-of-a-kind dynamics processor.

Designed in conjunction with Softube, the Dyna-mite limiter/gate/expander plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces is a dead-on emulation of this classic — even enigmatic — dynamics processor.

Valley People’s roots go back to the 1950s, with the ambitious analog designs of the legendary Paul Buff, who founded the historic PAL studio in southern California. The Dyna-mite was Buff’s last design for Valley People, and it’s arguably his most famous.

Crush, craft, and mutilate with one of the most versatile dynamic processors ever created

Use the Limit feature to bring out the smack of a drum or make an acoustic guitar more percussive

Dial in the Gate function to clamp down signals while leaving transients untouched

Use De-ess mode to control harsh consonants and subdue unwanted artifacts from hard compression

Key Feature

Unique and versatile, the Dyna-mite has its own well deserved spot in the pro audio hall of fame
Use it to limit, expand, gate or de-ess, with a wide range of uses
Limiter goes from abusively squashing to a transient enhancing spikiness
Switch on de-ess mode to keep control of harsh consonants while limiting
Expander/gate goes from strict and tight to subtly expanding by softening the soft sounds and bringing the louder sounds forward
Ultra fast attack time
Modes Display shows quick help and parameter values
Models entire electronic path

Customer Reviews

Valley People Dyna-mite™

Overall Rating


R. Conlon

December 15, 2023

Slip In and Pop Out

Slip this into your tracking, use a bit of peak limiting - and get ready for drums and bass to pop.

A. Lee

October 13, 2023

The punchiest punch

..and the grittiest grit - just incredible for anything parallel that has a transient response or needs density

J. Tofte

October 11, 2023

Here comes the boom!

Refine your punch! Great for drums!

e. tiberi

July 26, 2023


It's got that sound of punchy snappy over the top compression. Not good on anything, which Is why it's unreplaceable in certain situations. Big up! Needs resizing and mix knob tho, it's 2023...

D. Smith

March 31, 2023

Great Expander

Thanks to great advice from UAD support, I bought this expander. It has also a nice musical saturation when you oversaturate input level.

D. Myrick

March 1, 2023

Easy solutions for common problems

De-esse, gate and expand, but one at a time!

V. Trendel

January 31, 2023

Amazing !!!

The best Gate plugin \o/

C. Turbiville

May 29, 2022

Best UA gate for Voice Over

I have a dedicated treated studio for voice over and good mic technic to start, but having a transparent gate for slight noise has been invaluable. The amount of time I save by recording broadcast ready clean voice over to my clients and ad agencies pays for this plugin multiple times over each day.

T. Taivalaho

December 10, 2021

Great for drums

I use it with overheads and drumbus. Dynamite!

D. Samakli

April 27, 2021

When recording in an untreated and a little noisy room, this plugin it can save you the day

Sometimes it happens that there are computers with slightly noisier fans and the only solution is a Noise Gate that allows you to set a threshold, Dyna-Mite is the answer to these problems.

P. Spierenburg

January 15, 2021

Superior on drums

Very good especially as parallel bus plugin.

V. Sgargi

November 17, 2020

The gate I was looking for

It works great! I use like gate or heavy compressor. It does its job and I always have a great sound.

A. Sooukian

September 8, 2020

So good that I don't even use it in parallel!

Best ITB drum compressor I've ever used. Love the unique thump and attitude it gives to transients. Very close to a DBX 160, but on steroids, with more attack, pumping and breathing. If you're like me and love pushing compression on drum loops, you will be more than happy to have this crazy comp in your arsenal. This plugin - full of character - is absolutely fantastic. Thanks Softube/UA.

N. Pinto

July 1, 2020

True dynamite

The most aggressive compressor I've ever seen. Totally indispensable in my studio.

B. Studio

June 12, 2020


It's amazing.

D. Fornes Berenguer

November 9, 2019

Imprescindible en el drum buss

Fantastico para buss en paralelo de bateia , solo como limitador y realce de las cajas ya es una pasada!!!

t. taeksu

October 23, 2019

대단히 유용한 플러그인

소리를 깨끗하게 만드는 중요 요소
이것은 컴프레스이기도하며 디스토션이기도 하며 이큐가 되기도 한다.
매우 유용한 플러그인

t. taeksu

October 23, 2019

대단히 유용한 플러그인

소리를 깨끗하게 만드는 중요 요소
이것은 컴프레스이기도하며 디스토션이기도 하며 이큐가 되기도 한다.
매우 유용한 플러그인

T. Adams

August 3, 2019

Instant dynamics!

Slammed this on my guitar and instant dynamics! Great pulsing pumping big bottoms on my Strat and a real fatness rapidly achieved. So easy to apply! UA keep up the quality work!

M. Cartwright

July 16, 2019

like it for kicks, snares, or any other percussion with a fast attack

does a good job of helping kicks and snares jump out. Has some other tricks too, but I like it for drums.