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Waves L3-16 Multimaximizer - Peak Limiter Plug-In (Native)

Waves L3-16 Multimaximizer - Peak Limiter Plug-In (Native)


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Product Highlights

  • 16-Band Peak Limiter
  • Linear Phase Filtering
  • 64-bit Processing
  • Audio Units
  • RTAS/AudioSuite
  • VST
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows 7
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The L3-16 Multimaximizer Native, from Waves, is a plug-in that performs multi-band peak limiting. The plug-in divides the audio source into sixteen variable bands and utilizes a patent-pending "Peak Limiting Mixer" (PLMixer) engine.

Unlike most wide band limiters, the L3-16 uses linear phase crossover filters to divide the audio spectrum into the sixteen bands. The PLMixer then uses psychoacoustic criteria to intelligently decide how much attenuation to apply to each band so that all available headroom is used.

The result is that inter-modulation is minimized and overall loudness is maximized, while brick-wall limiting is still maintained. Also included in the package are the L3 Multimaximizer and Ultramaximizer, and the low latency L3LL Multimaximizer and Ultramaximizer versions.

Main Features

Intuitive Paragraphic interface with frequency, Q, and filter-type controls
Built-in linear phase equalizer
Linear phase filtering for maximum output, free of phase distortion
ARC Automatic Release Control across the band-split spectrum
IDR Increased Digital Resolution with double precision bit re-quantization and 9th-order noise shaping
Thirty-four Release Character presets for mastering and sound design
Up to 24-bit / 96 kHz resolution
Mono and Stereo components


Peak Limiter
  • Input Meter: -30 dB to 0 dB with an integrated Threshold control, Peak Hold indicators
  • Output Meter: -30 dB to 0 dB with an integrated Output Ceiling control, Peak Hold indicators
  • Attenuation Meter: -30 dB to 0 dB
0.10 mS to 10.00 mS
Release Character
Release and priority factory presets
Low, Medium, High
Priority / Gain Controls
  • Priority: -18 dB to +18 dB per band
  • Gain: -18 dB to +18 dB per band
  • Gain and Priority Link
  • Freq: 16 Hz to 21,357 Hz per band
  • Q: 0.5 to 2.0 per band
  • Filter Type: Bell, Low Shelf, High Shelf per band
  • In/Out: per band
DynamicLine Graph
Shows reduction curve -18 dB to +15 dB, 16 Hz to 20 kHz
Frequency Band Markers
Graphic control over EQ and Priority curves
IDR Controls
  • Quantize: 24, 22, 20, 18, or 16-bit
  • Dither Type: 1, 2, or None
  • Shaping: Moderate, Normal, Ultra, or None
System Requirements Mac
Core Duo 2.3 GHz
OS X 10.6.8 to 10.7
1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
Host application that supports Audio Units, RTAS, AudioSuite, and VST plug-in formats

Intel Core 2 Duo GHz/AMD Athlon 64 or equivalent
Windows 7
1024 x 768 32-bit minimum display resolution
Host application that supports RTAS, AudioSuite, and VST plug-in formats
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