I've been using the L3 forever, too. But not the "Multi-Mazimizer", just the "Ultra-Maximizer". I have no use for a multi-band compressor. I put it on "16 bit moderate limiting" and then just adjust the threshold, and Bob's your uncle.I've been using L3 for many years now, both for track level compression and mastering. It seems solid at both, you just need to rtfm and learn the controls if you want more than the out of the box quality. I find the Loud and Proud preset is fine for most everything I need compression, just use it sparingly/only as much as needed.
I've been using the L3 forever, too. But not the "Multi-Mazimizer", just the "Ultra-Maximizer". I have no use for a multi-band compressor. I put it on "16 bit moderate limiting" and then just adjust the threshold, and Bob's your uncle.
Thanx. I'll experiment with it a bit more in that case.The multiband is pretty sweet though, depending on the need at the time. I've used it to bump the low end on a master without needing to EQ everything from scratch (or remix). It's especially clever since it's really just a priority and doesn't blindly raise the entire spectrum like a volume control. I've also used it to brighten up a mix, and does so without being harsh. It's just a way of adding flexibility to an already great tool. The bands are fully modifiable, so if you only want to maybe raise the snare's pop you can set a band to the common snare frequency range. It can be a time saver especially if mastering someone else's work. Alternatively, I've also put a parametric EQ in the chain and accomplished the same thing with even more granuality. It really does depend on how fine you need/want to be.
I agree 100%. I've A/B'd with a ton of other master limiters and it's the only one that I can't hear any pumping with when I have all the settings the same.I really can't stress how great the L3 is. I've tried MANY other compressors and this is the only one I can get sounding exactly how I want across many instrument tracks and song types when mastering.
L3 on sale today for $99
There's currently a coupon code (not sure how long it will work) for $50 off any Waves product: GIFT50
The Dave Aude EMP Toolbox, which I purchased a while back and use the C6, delay, and L3 religiously, is on sale for $150. The the $50 off coupon you get the L3 AND a bunch more useful plugins for the same cost as the L3 ($150) minus the $50 coupon.
If you haven't looked at the C6 compressor, it's a fantastic plugin. The presets are really great for quick mixing and includes sidechain abilities, which I've used for ducking the kick drum on some of my bass-heavier tracks.