First post


Welcome to everyone who used to read my postings at, and welcome to everyone who’s reading my blog for the first time! :)

DMGSound is my solo venture (DMG being my initials), so here’s the blog to keep everyone apprised of the goings-on behind the scenes.

Everything is pretty tentative. As I write this, the website itself ( is still in development, as are the first few products.

Still, I like blogging, and maybe I can use the blog to get feedback from all of you out there (and also to drive myself onwards).

Here’s the plan so far… if people can put me straight, that’ll be ace:

Launch for Pro products – workflow tools like EQs, Dynamics; more technical tools for either solving difficult problems, or solving routine problems well, for professionals with a job to do, on a deadline.
Launch for Creative products – things with character that add some fun into the mix. Creative EQs, FX, FSU and Glitch, Synths, stuff that’s fun!

I’m planning to use fairly straightforwards License files, and the site will have a user area, or some way to quickly log in and download all your stuff whenever you need it. Everything needs to be oriented towards making life better for legitimate users – that’s what you pay for, after all! :)

In terms of payment, I’m thinking I can add Google Checkout and Paypal, and that should serve everyone reasonably well, yes?
As I understand it, that allows you to use a credit card without having to register or anything, and the margins aren’t painful for me. ;)

Products on the drawingboard +right now+:
Linear Phase EQ with a twist… I’ll post screenshots when I’m ready… ;)
New pro comp; expanding on the ideas behind TBK3, giving a LOT more control and feedback.

I’m working on making the UIs look reasonable. It’s still in the balance whether I’ll inflict my raytracing on you, or just break and get a graphic designer in… ;)

…and then there’s the site…



P.S, I’m twittering away at:


  1. Dave, Testing Said,

    February 7, 2009 @ 2:21 pm

    Testing… Does the comment system work?

  2. Jay Key Said,

    February 27, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

    Hi Dave,

    I was wondering where you were all this time, because I sent you products ideas by email at your Sonalksis address… And I got no answers at all…

    I was a beta-tester for the Mastering Suite, so if you need another tester deeply involved, I can be the one for sure ;) .

    Two of my ideas :

    1) A new Sonalksis plugin (or DMG). For example “SuperClip”, based on the clipping algos from the Mastering Suite. The idea is to offer a clipper who offers soft-analog or hard-digital clipping for use at the end of the mastering process, offering up to +12 dB of clipping. It could be used on individual tracks too (like for making Hip-Hop drums hotter than ever…).

    2) A new bass-enhancer plugin, with harmonics enhancements, a kind-of soft-saturation module. Yeah, like the name implies, a plugin who help you add more presence to the bass content of individual tracks, with algo specifically aimed at low-end.

    What do you think ?

    Keep up the great work Dave, and keep posting.

    Jay Key

  3. Jay Key Said,

    February 27, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

    By the way, about GUI design, keep Musicworks in the team please. They did a wonderful job with the Mastering Suite : nice, simple and clear :) .

  4. dave Said,

    March 2, 2009 @ 3:59 pm

    Hello there Jay!

    How strange… I’ve not actually posted any links to this blog yet, but here you are anyway! :D :D

    …and there I was hoping to put this up quietly and buy myself some time to get some things done! ;)

    I’ve not been DaveSonalksis for a little while now – I’ve been working on myriad other projects around the industry, and gearing up for my own launch (as you can see from the about page… I’ll keep it up-to-date within about 5years of accuracy :D ).

    I’m contactable as if you or anyone else needs me.

    I’d love to do idea1; I think that would be a lot of fun! I’m very proud to say that I had the opportunity to throw some suggestions to the frighteningly talented Michael Massburg that made it in some small way into the SPL TwinTube, which sounds fantastic! I think it could be a lot of fun to have a pure clipper. The Sonalksis Mastering clip originally had something like 24dB of range, which sounded outstanding on bass tracks, but wasn’t quite so useful for mastering, hence it was tamed down. That clip is a direct emulation of a standard analogue clip, so I wouldn’t be stealing any IP to do another.

    As for idea2, I’ve actually been discussing this idea (with some extra versatility) with Marc Gallo at StudioDevil, and we hope to have a joint venture which will give you exactly this at some point in the not-too-distant future. Nice transformer bass-tilted saturation, here we come :D :D:D:D:D
    Marc has by far the best (to my ears) model of valve-transformer saturation; the SD plugins have frightening realism, so this plugin should be a lot of fun!

    I’m still no further in my conclusions about graphics. I have some Cook-Torrance illuminated surfaces working on the test-bed, but I’m still not quite convinced how good they look. I might post some samples.

    Right. Back to Other Things (TM).

    Catch you soon,


  5. Jay Key Said,

    March 10, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

    Hi Dave,

    I sent you an email to your DMGSound address.

    Hope that you got it ;) .

    Jay Key

  6. todd_r Said,

    July 14, 2009 @ 9:33 am

    +1 for TBK3000, please can that be first please???? :)

  7. marooned Said,

    July 29, 2009 @ 11:14 am

    Welcome back to teh internets, Dave!

    I have the most basic need for a plug-in in AU/VST that seems like it should be dead-easy and I’ve even suggested it to AD, but maybe you can dive in first.

    Basically, I just want a non-RTAS version of Digidesign’s Vari-Fi (from the D-Fi suite). I haven’t found any other plug-in that can do what it does with such simplicity, for use outside Pro Tools! Is such a thing possible?

    (here’s the Digidesign product info:

  8. rydan Said,

    December 1, 2009 @ 12:01 am

    Hi there!

    Wondered where you went, but then I heard from Volantiz just yesterday that you had left Sonalksis.

    Well, I’m really looking forward to seeing some new stuff from you. Also really glad to hear that you share my thoughts about elaborate copy protection schemes that hinder the paying customer more than the illegit user. This was one of the things I really liked about Sonalksis, and I was pretty put of when I heard rumors that they are planning to implement some challenge/response system.

    Anyway, if you need beta testers, I’m game! =)

    Good luck with the new company!

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