Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by pweaver, Apr 11, 2002.

  1. pweaver

    pweaver Guest

    Hey gang,

    I've read alot that many engineers love the Waves
    L1 and L2 maximizers.

    Well . . . I don't have the L2 yet, but I have
    been using the L1, both on individual tracks to
    boost them and help them "sit in the mix" better,
    and I have been putting the L1 Ultramaximizer on
    my Pro Tools master fader to pump up a hotter
    signal and use the 16 bit Type 1 dithering.

    So . . . my question to everyone is, how hard do
    you all hit the L1? How high do you crank the
    threshold? I quickly find that I get a fluttering / distorting sound if I hit it very hard.

    Do you tend to go very lightly on the L1? Do you
    use it as a subtle tool? OR do you "go to town"
    with it?


    Thanks in advance . . .
  2. brad

    brad Guest

  3. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    I use the L1+ only as a "safety" limiter. I set the ceiling at -0.2 and rarely pump up the volume using the threshold at all. This method will catch any "overs" without degenerating the sound. Part of the reason I don't worry about pumping up the volume is because 95% of all my projects are then sent to a mastering studio - where they can pump it up if necessary. I like to leave them as much flexibility as possible. (Brad would like me, at least!)
  4. damster

    damster Member

    Jan 17, 2002
    I use the L1 when giving the band rough mixes to listen to in the car so that commercial cd's don't totally blow ours away in terms of volume.Sparingly is the keyword here and if my mixes are well balanced I still only use about 6db of limiting on the highest peaks.The signal breaks up too much for me after that.Dying to compare this with the L2(hardware and software).

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