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Limited-MAX is a specialized limiter, based on the foundation of being a capable look-ahead brickwall limiter suitable for final mixing or mastering. Limited-MAX dynamically combines several unique limiting algorithms to provide transparent limiting on all audio sources. Limited-MAX is capable of substantial levels of compression/limiting without inadvertently creating excessive amounts of audible distortion.
Limited-MAX is highly configurable and suitable for a wide range of musical sources. Limited-MAX exposes all aspects of the multi-process limiting algorithm. This lets the user continually adjust and find the best sound from a vast number of options, instead of choosing from only a handful of algorithms. Other features include standard attack and release controls, adjustable look-ahead, adjustable stereo linking, and a variable style control that changes the sound and shape of the limiter's compression curve. Additionally, Limited-MAX includes a selectable DC filter and complete dithering controls, with selectable dither noise shape and psychoacoustic filtering. Limited-MAX also adds analog modeling like Toned-MAX and PreAMPed.
Limited-MAX also builds on many standard LVC-Audio features and includes EBU-style metering, linear and minimal phase oversampling, and true-peak metering.
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Limited-MAX by LVC Audio is a fully featured mastering limiter that provides a loud and transparent sound. To accomplish this, MAX dynamically selects from three different algorithms — Clean, ClipShifter (fast transients), and Peak Saturation (sustained loudness). The dynamic decision is made via the flashy dynamic algorithm, which can be easily overridden by sliding around on the X/Y pad. MAX is truly invisible — it limits the peaks and enables the average level to be raised and prevents clipping without adding any color, harmonic tint, distortion, or pumping. When mastering, increasing the perceived volume of an entire track is usually desired. However, as is true with any powerful limiter, if pushed too hard the dynamics get flattened to death. MAX is more than capable of gently reducing the odd waveform peaks by a few dB without causing any harm. The end result is a smoother mastered stereo track that has all of the perceived dynamics. Back in the day, analog clipping wasn't always bad. In fact, sometimes levels were intentionally pushed to their limits to maximize sound quality, but in the digital world clipping can easily become digital distortion, which is nasty (in a bad way). Audio is often set at -3dB of lower to prevent such nastiness. MAX has look-ahead and therefor can be thought of as a true brickwall limiter; yet, with the right settings, the track will not crash into the wall and die. My favorite features:
The selectable output metering features a color scheme of gold against the white background with red indicating the reduction. It took a little getting used to, but it grew on me; The factory presets are really good and work well as is and/or can be used as a starting point to adjust from; however, it would be nice to have more presets to choose from.
When mastering, I believe it's vital to use a limiter that protects the track and doesn't add anything unwanted — the only "character" I want in room while mastering is me! A limiter is the cleanest way to boost average level without clipping, and MAX does this very, very well. MAX can be strapped across the master buss as one of the last processes with the goal of total transparency and no added coloration. This plugin is extremely precise and won't allow anything over their upper limit, once set. MAX will undoubtedly become my mastering safety net. I highly recommend this fine mastering limiter to anyone working with digital audio who is looking for a clean, transparent, and natural sound. I give Limited-MAX two transparent thumbs up.Read Review