McDSP has released the SA-2 Dialog Processor, a plug-in based on the “Sonic Assault” limiter that was custom-built for Academy Award winning re-recording mixer Mike Minkler and used on over 100 major motion pictures. It’s designed to improve the overall sound of recorded speech, but the SA-2 is equally useful for vocals, and is a great tool for de-essing or adjusting the timbre of any track. The SA-2 Dialog Processor is made up of 5 bands of active EQ, configured in a variety of modes to best address common issues of dialog. Two selectors control the ballistics of the active equalization, and place the five bands at strategic locations in the frequency spectrum. All current Everything Pack v6 owners will get the SA-2 Dialog Processor for free. Individually, SA-2 HD (AAX DSP) is $249, and SA-2 Native (AU, VST, AAX Native) is $149. It requires OS X 10.7.2 or later and an iLok2 USB Smart Key.