Massey Plugins L2007 Mastering Limiter 22
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The Gaussian curve is ideal for limiting flat regions at very high levels. It does this by increasing the gain reduction on the quieter parts of the input waveform to the point where the crest appears. Meters that use the Gaussian curve end up naming all s-curve based limiting with a -3, -2, -1 suffix. They are also used with peak limiting which requires a completely different and better shape.
One of the biggest problems with most meters is that they are trying to simulate the human ear and the human eye instead of understanding the underlying analogue signal path. Imagine a poor quality sample rate converter. You sample at 44.1 kHz but the converter is only putting out 48 kHz. The old school way of putting this was to pitch-shift the input to the converter to force it to output 48 kHz which often creates problems. Today, one solution is to use a upsampling filter at the input of the converter as well as use a downsampling filter to process the output signal to 48 kHz.
The term 'Musician's Limiter' is a very broad term. There is a tendency to associate this with more pleasing aesthetics and better sound. I disagree with that. I believe that it is a technique that should always be used sparingly. With some pro audio equipment this is rendered a really simple tool to do. But that doesn't mean you should ever use it just to ingratiate yourself with a demanding client or boost some sales. There are loads of things that take precedence over this kind of subjective analysis. In my humble opinion one of the worst things you can do as a sound engineer is to allow yourself to be manipulated by what you think and feel is a good sounding approach to mastering. If your mixing or tools are not strong enough to have shown you the real quality inherent in the file, then your mastering (in my view) at best will be a very quick job. d2c66b5586