Review: UAD Roland Dimension D plugin
Accurate emulation of this famous hardware unit
Subtle chorus & stereo effect
Very easy to use
No controls to actually adjust the effect
The Roland Dimension D is THE Bucket Brigade Chorus and has been used and heard on countless records, and for good reason, its probably one of the best sounding stereo choruses / stereo enhancers ever made. In general the Dimension D is a relatively subtle chorus and spatial enhancers. It will not drastically change your source sound. However, under most circumstances it will enhance the sound going through it, which is one of the main reasons it gets used so often in my mixes to add a little spice and depth to boring and otherwise stale sources.
Perhaps one of the reasons it is so popular is because its so easy to use! Simply throw it on your source, and choose the amount of effect via its push buttons. The four buttons change the chorus mode from 1-4 where 1 is the most subtle and 4 is max intensity. You can also engage multiple mode buttons by holding the shift key, which will give you subtle variations of the four main modes.
I’ve used it to great effect on anything that needs some enhancement. Of course synths greatly benefit from this, but I’ve also used it to great effect on vocals, guitars, and even tried it recently to help give a reverb some more “stereo life” to which it actually did the job quite well!!
Perhaps emulating to a flaw, the UAD version offers no additional controls over the hardware. Not a huge con by any means if you want the Dimension D sound, but it might have been cool to have the option of diving under the hood and tweaking parameters of the Chorus.
Overall this is for sure a plugin worth owning, or at least trying. There are many chorus plugins out there that claim to offer that “Dimension D” sound, but I personally still keep turning to my trusted old UAD friend. Though its a one trick pony, it does that trick VERY well!