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Dialog. The focal point of any movie, television show, documentary, or for that matter, any creative media production involving the spoken word. Add to the mix a sweeping musical score, dozens of foley effects, and plenty more – and it becomes clear the job of dialog mixing is a tall order. After all, if you can’t hear what the actors are saying, why watch it at all!!

The SA-2 Dialog Processor is based on hardware originally conceived by Academy Award winning re-recording mixer Mike Minkler and used on over 100 major motion pictures. The SA-2 is designed to improve the overall sound of recorded speech. But the SA-2 is not just for dialog. It’s equally useful for vocals, and is a great tool for adjusting the timbre of any track, a reliable de-esser, and a fine multi-frequency compressor, in our completely biased opinion.

The SA-2 Dialog Processor is made up of 5 bands of strategic active equalization, configured in a variety of modes to best address common issues of dialog. Each band of active equalization has a threshold control to determine at what signal level the active equalizer begins to effect the signal. There are also enable buttons for each band to quickly audition the effect of any given band. Two mode selectors – one for controlling the ballistics of the active equalization, and a second for placing the five bands at strategic locations in the frequency spectrum. Finally, there are input and output gain controls for overall adjustment.


  • Five independent bands of strategic active equalization
  • Multiple process modes for a variety of applications
  • Unique signal reduction metering
  • Double precision processing
  • Ultra low latency
  • Mono and stereo versions
HD v6: AAX DSP/Native, AU, VST
Native v6: AAX Native, AU, VST

Based on hardware used on over 117 major motion pictures, learn why the SA-2 is essential to legendary re-recording mixer Mike Minkler.

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SA-2 Dialog Processor on Dialog and Vocals

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    Pro Tools Expert

    “It did act as a really nice high frequency catcher on my dialog group. It worked very well for me.”

  • SA2rev1

    Studio One Expert

    After taking the SA-2 for a test drive, I can see myself using this quite often, and not only for dialog, but for instruments as well.”

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    Cinema Audio Society Quarterly

    It took me some experimentation to discover the SA-2’s beauty, but now I really adore what it does for my dialogue.”

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    Audio Media

    I was so impressed that I am now off piste exploring other McDSP plug-ins, which somehow I seem to have passed by in my mixing travels.”

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    Music Connection

    I had great fun trying SA-2 on vocals—where it is an excellent and nearly transparent de-esser because of the five frequency bands are useful to “zero in” on the problem frequencies.”

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    Colin’s Corner

    Founder of McDSP talks about product design, implementation and all of the nitty gritty features in each product. Learn how McDSP became the exclusive plug-in maker to digitally recreate the SA-2 Dialog Processor by reading the article here.

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  • SA-2 on Male Vocals with Alex Solano

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