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Product Maxwell Smart
Developer Lively Audio
Price (MSRP) Free
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Maxwell Smart

Maxwell Smart is an intelligent and transparent loudness maximizer / brickwall limiter with look-ahead. It has fully automated sound characteristics and it's designed to maintain transients without audible distortion, even on the difficult low frequencies. It also has clever inter-sample peak detection (similar to oversampling) to avoid true peaks from hard clipping.


  • Controllable threshold and ceiling (0dB ... -24dB).
  • 2.7ms look-ahead (latency compensated).
  • Automated settings controlling peaks and average levels separately.
  • Inter-sample peak detection.
  • All sample rates supported.


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Discussion: Active


12 March 2013 at 10:48amcprompt

I love this limiter - I blind-tested it against Toneboosters Barricade and Kjaerhaus Clasic Limiter and this was the most transparent, most open and most musical limiter. Limiter No 6 is too complex to use effectively, and others I tried had too much clipping. Maxwell Smart has no clipping, it just rounds off the transients whilst letting everything else through untouched.

No flashy UI, no VU meters, no waveforms, nothing... it has to be the most boring plugin ever... except that it just works, even when I leave the two controls at their defaults (which I do). Love it, highly recommended.

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