UJAM add sonic movement to the themes explored in their popular Finisher series.
Alongside their range of ‘virtual musician’ guitar, bass and drum instruments, UJAM have in recent years been establishing an interesting Finisher range of effects plug‑ins, all of which are available for Mac (10.14 or later) and Windows (7 and above), in VST, AU and AAX formats, and authorised via an emailed password.
The idea of these plug‑ins is that they all offer processing to suit a specific theme and, while there is absolutely no compromise in terms of the quality of the processing on offer, the UI prioritises ease‑of‑use and instant results over the ability to dive deep into extended parameter lists. The latest in this series is Finisher Dynamo, reviewed here, and this multi‑effects plug‑in has the strapline ‘The Magical Movement Machine’. The effects are all intended to combine animation with sonic/rhythmic manipulation.
Dynamo shares the basics of its UI and engine with other titles in the Finisher range, and sports a control set that’s deliberately kept simple and uncluttered. The input and output level controls are joined by five macro‑style knobs (including the large Finisher knob) in the bottom half of the interface, while the upper half provides access to the preset system (nearly 300 presets are helpfully organised in eight categories) and 50 of what UJAM call Modes. Each Mode is essentially a pre‑configured multi‑effects chain, and for each one the five macro knobs are linked to one or more key parameters. The Finisher knob acts as a wet/dry control but, like the other macro controls, it’s also linked to other parameters. Each of the presets is built from a combination of one Mode and different starting‑point settings for the five macro knobs.
This stripped‑down control set might seem too simple for some, particularly those who like to dig into the nitty gritty of their effects chains, but for most of us there’s a lot to like here: Dynamo allows you to tweak the behaviour of the underlying effects quickly and easily, while preventing the user from getting bogged down in parameter paralysis or needing to consult the manual. That said, you really should read the manual, as the list describing the style of processing offered by each of the 50 Modes is very informative, and the nerdy music‑production jokes make it enteratining (and suggest the development team might be good fun to hang out with!)