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How to Use the L2 Ultramaximizer Plugin by Waves for Mastering

How to Use the L2 Ultramaximizer Plugin by Waves for Mastering

If you are looking for a powerful tool to enhance your audio tracks, you might want to check out the L2 Ultramaximizer plugin by Waves. This plugin is a peak limiter that can help you achieve loudness, clarity, and punch in your mixes and masters.

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In this article, we will explain what the L2 Ultramaximizer plugin does, how it works, and how to use it effectively for mastering your music.

What is the L2 Ultramaximizer Plugin?

The L2 Ultramaximizer plugin is a brickwall peak limiter that can prevent any digital clipping or distortion in your audio signal. It does this by applying a look-ahead algorithm that detects the incoming peaks and reduces them before they reach the output stage.

The plugin also features a level maximizer that can boost the overall loudness of your track without compromising the dynamics or the transients. You can adjust the threshold and the output ceiling parameters to control how much gain reduction and limiting are applied.

Additionally, the plugin offers a high-resolution dithering option that can reduce the quantization noise and artifacts when you convert your audio from a higher bit depth to a lower one. The plugin uses Waves' IDR (Increased Digital Resolution) technology that includes ninth-order noise shaping and psychoacoustic masking.

The L2 Ultramaximizer plugin is compatible with most DAWs and supports VST, VST3, AU, and AAX formats. You can download it from Waves' website[^1^] for $299 or get it as part of some of their bundles.

How to Use the L2 Ultramaximizer Plugin for Mastering?

The L2 Ultramaximizer plugin is designed to be used as the last plugin in your mastering chain, after you have applied any EQ, compression, or other effects. Here are some steps to follow to use it effectively:

  • Load the plugin on your master bus and set the output ceiling to -0.1 dB or lower. This will ensure that your final output does not exceed 0 dBFS and cause clipping or distortion.

  • Play back your track and adjust the threshold until you see some gain reduction happening on the meter. The amount of gain reduction depends on how loud you want your track to be, but generally you should aim for no more than 3-6 dB of reduction.

  • Listen carefully to your track and make sure that the limiting does not affect the dynamics or the transients too much. If you hear any pumping, distortion, or loss of clarity, lower the threshold or increase the release time.

  • If you need to convert your audio to a lower bit depth (for example, from 24-bit to 16-bit), enable the dithering option and choose the appropriate type and shape. The plugin will automatically apply the optimal dithering settings for your output format.

  • Bypass the plugin and compare your original track with the limited one. Make sure that you are not sacrificing quality for loudness, and that your track sounds balanced and consistent across different playback systems.