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Spectra'phy is a "mastering grade" look-ahead brickwall limiter that utilizes the principals of mechanical physics for audio processing. The method employed allows the mastering engineer to achieve maximum perceived "loudness" transparently without ever getting overshoots (Digital-overs) with minimum audible distortion. The characteristics of the final audio can quickly be adjusted to taste with only two rotary-dials. The drive / color dial component also allows the addition of analog saturation when "running hot", this can be disabled if not required.
Crysonic claims that what makes Spectra'phy's process unique is the "novel" approach used for its dynamic signal analysis. Internally Spectra'phy utilizes a special physics engine to accurately simulate multiple response signals to maximize the perceived signal volume and to also "brick wall" upper limit to peak set levels. Final response curve is computed on the analysis of multiple simulations each having different characteristics that are driven mainly by incoming transient signals concurrently. This approach apparently tends to produce a more natural sound, almost completely eliminating the risk of introducing audible nonlinear distortion.
The version I have (the first release build of v3) imparts a too bright color to the sound, and is buggy (it crashes Ableton 9 often) and overhyped (I had read about the physical modeling being uniquely good -- they must've written the article themselves, because it sounds like any other cheap limiter). I can't attest to the newer version because I paid for it, but never received my activation codes. You're better off with nearly any other paid limiter, or even free ones like vladg Limiter No6 or VOS ThrillseekerVBL.Read Review