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Waves Announces L3-16 16-Band Peak Limiter [ Winter NAMM 2007 ]

United States
Multi-band processing means the user has more comprehensive control

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 18, 2007 — Waves, the leading developer of digital audio processing software and hardware solutions, is pleased to announce the release of the latest in Waves’ acclaimed L-Series: the L3-16 Multimaximizer.

In the beginning, Waves created the L1 Ultramaximizer. It changed forever the way we mix and master modern music. Its revolutionary introduction was followed by the L2 Ultramaximizer, heard on hit records and top motion pictures the world over. Its successor was the L3 Multimaximizer, the world’s first auto-summing multi-band limiter. And now comes the L3-16 Multimaximizer: fourth in the line and the first to offer 16-band peak limiting, delivering unparalleled loudness with unprecedented control. It features a built-in linear phase equalizer as well as linear phase filtering throughout its crossover network, so audio is recombined perfectly, free of phase distortion.

The L3-16 Multimaximizer combines a wealth of powerful features and benefits. Powered by Waves PLMixerTM Peak Limiting Mixer technology, the L3-16 limits and maximizes the sum of all 16 bands to a set Threshold factor for maximum output while keeping the music intact and transparent.

The L3-16 Multimaximizer features a unique EQ-style 6-band interface offering envelope control of both Gain and Priority. With precise and breathtakingly transparent results, the L3-16 delivers the punch and impressive, clear sound you need to stay competitive in today’s music marketplace, from internet streaming and downloads to CD and radio. The L3-16’s wide range of sonic flavors — from analog warm to digital cool — enable your mixes, irrespective of genre, to stand out from the crowd in quality, loud and clear.

Traditional multi-band limiters consist of a group of band-specific limiters working completely independently of each other. The key to the power of the L3-16 is the PLMixer engine, which uses a single peak limiter controlling all of the bands. The PLMixer uses psychoacoustic criteria to intelligently determine how much attenuation to apply to each of the 16 bands, so all available headroom is used. This is modified by a gain system that operates like a linear-phase EQ section placed ahead of the limiter, plus a priority envelope across the entire audio spectrum to maximize loudness and optimize tonal character.

Release Profiles control the behavior of the L3-16’s built-in ARCTM Automatic Release Control engine across the band-split spectrum. The 16-band crossover network is completely linear- phase and thus delivers an output free of phase distortion and artifacts. The gain and priority settings of the 16 crossed-over limiters are controlled by a superimposed 6-band EQ-style envelope system, offering familiar controls such as frequency, Q and filter type.

Unlike traditional multi-band limiters, there is no need for a following wide-band limiter to catch overshoots: the PLMixer automatically manages and controls the gain relationship between the bands.

Comprehensive metering allows you to see as well as hear exactly what the system is doing, with DynamicLineTM attenuation curve, the priority envelope and gain envelope curves, plus overall input and output metering.

All processing is carried out with Waves’ trademark IDRTM Increased Digital Resolution double- precision re-quantization and 9th-order noise shaping algorithms for maximum audio resolution •3• at any setting. Quantization and dither can be set in the IDR section for maximum quality, with multiple output resolutions and two forms of dither, while noise-shaping options reduce the perceived noise level. These features can be selected depending on whether the processor is in use in mixing or mastering or if additional processing will subsequently be used.

The L3-16 Multimaximizer is available exclusively in Waves Mercury, the uniquely powerful collection of almost a hundred stellar processors, with over 250 component plug-ins. Available for TDM and Native installation, the Waves Mercury collection including the L3-16 Multimaximizer is available now, and carries a U.S. retail price of $12,500 TDM, $7,500 Native.
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