Waves L1 Ultramaximizer Plug-in

Stereo Peak Limiter and Level Maximizer with Look-ahead - Mac/PC AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU, SoundGrid
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Ultramaximize Your Sound with L1

Smooth out your jagged audio peaks with Waves' L1 Ultramaximizer. It packs look-ahead peak limiting, level maximization, and high-res re-quantization, all rolled into one powerful processor. Mixers at Sweetwater have been fans of Waves plug-ins for years, and the L1 Ultramaximizer is a popular choice for pumping up any track. Use it to simply keep levels in check, or use it to sonically crush tracks for special effect. How you use it is up to you, but we're sure that you'll find a use for the Waves L1 Ultramaximizer on just about every project.

Precise dynamics control

L1 gives you the versatility of two plug-in components: L1 Ultramaximizer and L1 Ultramaximizer+. Under the hood, L1's Increased Digital Resolution (IDR) dither (with noise shaping) yields ultra-clean output; its double-precision bit resolution processing is spec'd up to 24bit/192kHz. You have control over input gain, threshold, output ceiling, and release time for precise sonic sculpting. Input, output, and attenuation meters - along with a peak hold indicator - let you know exactly what's going on with your signal, while the potent IDR quantize, dither, and shaping controls ensure an optimized end result.

Waves L1 Ultramaximizer Peak Limiter and Level Maximizer Plug-in Features at a Glance:
  • Look-ahead peak limiting, level maximization, and high res re-quantization in one powerful processor
  • Increased Digital Resolution (IDR) dither with noise shaping for crystal-clear output
  • Double-precision bit resolution up to 24bit/192kHz
  • Full complement of controls and metering
Equip your studio with the Waves L1 Ultramaximizer plug-in

Tech Specs

Software Type Limiter/Level Maximizer
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 64-bit
Format AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU, SoundGrid
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon or higher, 4 GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon or higher, 4 GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 SP1 or later
Manufacturer Part Number V5-L1D40

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So I ended up getting the L1 Ultra-m plug in to see how the limiting was. I must say I actually am cool with the limiter in my DAW, but when I tested this one it was amazing. It has a simple GUI so even the most unexperienced mixer can use it. The threshold is like magic once you see how to dial it in. Does wonders for my mastered songs. If you're on the fence about getting it don't hesitate you may be missing out on the final piece to your masters. Thanks Sweetwater your service is much appreciated.
Music background: hip hop r&b etc
See also: Compression Software, Waves, Waves Plug-ins: Dynamics, Waves Mastering Software