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    Waves L1 and compressor questions

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    Alright i have a few questions
    i have waves 4 and it has the L1 ultramaximizer, L1 ultramaximizer + and L2. Whats the difference between these and which one is generally better?
    and when the threshold is at 0 and the ceiling is at 0 does that mean its effectly turned off? im not sure i understand why pulling the threshold down makes it louder. also whats too low as far as the threshold? i notice its starting getting ruff at about -3 but it doesnt actually clip. is there any kind of general limit as to how much you can pull the threshold down?
    also what does quantize mean? it gives the option for 16bit and 24bit. but what if the track is 32?
    about the compressors i see C1 and RComp
    which one is better? does waves have a multiband compressor?

    final question is about attack and release times. i think i understang but im not sure. so an attack time of .5 is faster than 500 right??? does that go by milli second or something??? basic question but i never really messed with the attack time.
    Last edited by BThrowd; 09-09-2004 at 01:55 AM.
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    First off, most of these things are answered in the manual and you really need to spend some time in it.

    The L1 is basically a "brick wall" limiter, which means it will NOT go above what you set the output at. The threshold is where it will begin its compression. Pulling that slider down will make the level apppear louder, pull it down tooo far and it will distort.

    It is a compressor and you need to learn what all of the knobs do. I won't go into detail about them, because there are too many books, threads, etc, on what they mean.

    Between the C1 and Rcomp, they are both excellent but the Renaissance is problem better. Mainly more user freindly and forgiving.

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    Tim20 gives a good answer but if you need to know how a compressor works and how to work a compressor, then read this cool article:

    http://gonzoft.tripod.com/articles/a4/a4.htm

    it's a good place to start. Basically a compressor is like LSD: you start messing around with it and it doesn't seem to be working but next thing you know it's all sounding weird and everything's fvcked up

    MM
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    Damn...thats alot of questions you're asking (no offense). Maybe start smaller and/or do your homework a little and you'll get better responses.
    Dont have much experience with wave's, but I do know that the preset's on the L2 worked quite well for what I wanted as far as quickly mastering some of my music when I got the chance to mess with the plugs....assuming you have the manual, dig into it-




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    Thanks i dont have the manual anymore or i would be off in that.
    Thanks for that link im somewhat familar with a compressor i just wasnt sure why pullin down the threshold made it louder.
    Its alot of questions i know but people usually pick a choose which questions they want to answer anyways so take your pick. Me coming in here reading posts and asking questions would be considered homework to me. Ive never used a maximizer before in my life before i go maxizmizing all my tracks i wanted to get some insight from other people. and get some dos and do nots from people who know and have experience with the L1.
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    the manual is in the plugin just click the question mark.

    I like the rcomp better because its easier to use. and peoples directions seem to relate better to that when describing compression techniques then the c1.

    plus I like the way the renaissance comp presets r.

    renaissance plugs r VERY good.

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    wow...you got Waves, a serious bundle of pro level software, without even knowing what they do? And not have the manual anymore to boot? Who spends $500 bucks on something they don't know how to work much less operate and ask others to guide them through it? Hell, it took me 6 months of asking on studio-central to make sure I was investing well needed money into my purchase of the Waves Platinum bundle and I even knew the difference between them!

    I smell piracy of the phunkiest freshest variety

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    The manuals can be downloaded at Waves.

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    wtf
    Last edited by BThrowd; 09-10-2004 at 10:11 PM.
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    i dont know why it keeps double posting i only submitted once
    Last edited by BThrowd; 09-10-2004 at 10:11 PM.
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