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Plug-in Tuesday – Waves L1 Ultramaximizer

Waves L1 Ultramaximizer

Written by Cruz, chief engineer of Jungle AE studios.

Waves L1 Ultramaximizer is another one of those workhouse plug-ins in my collection.  This goes on at the end of my master fader chain.  I only use this plug-in on mixes that I know aren’t being sent to Carson Ritz for mastering.  I call final mixes with the L1 limiter baby masters.  If I know this final mix is being sent to mastering, then I’ll take of the L1.  The L1 is a great way to give a client a mix but with a ‘mastered’ feel.  I leave the out ceiling at -0.1, and the threshold lower enough to where L1 attenuates occasionally between 0 and -6 dB.  This should create about 6dB dynamics in your mix, you’ll be able to see that in your out ceiling meter.  If the out ceiling meter only shows 1-2 dB of dynamics, then you’ll end up with a squashed finished product.  What you don’t want is to create a brick wall of sound by lowering the threshold so low.  I use the L1 specifically just to make the rough mix or final mix have that loud “master” feel so the clients have an idea of what the mastered version will sound like.  For quantize settings, I’ll set it to 16 bits since I bounce down to 16 bit 44.1 khz (we run our recording sessions at 24bit 48khz).  For dither and shaping, I’ll cycle through the settings for whatever feels right for the song.  You won’t really hear a difference, but you should be able to feel the difference when you change the dither and shaping settings, it’s a very minute difference, but it is a difference.  This is a super useful plug-in that is packaged with the Waves Gold Plug-In Bundle.  It’s a good bang for buck if you buy the bundle.

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Plug-in Tuesday – Waves TrueVerb

Waves TrueVerb

Written by Cruz, chief engineer of Jungle AE studios.
Waves TrueVerb is by far my most used and favorite reverb plug-in of all time. It is a workhorse. It’s NY Plate setting offers a classic EMT sound while not taking up a lot of processing power. I’ll add this plug-in on background vocal tracks. It’s reverb sound sends the vocals far enough back in space without having that overbearing effect most reverbs have. You may not even notice the reverb on the vocals while the music is playing, but it’s subtle enough to separate it from the main vocals so the main vocals take focus over the background vocals. For Hip Hop, I’ll use the TrueVerb on adlibs of thought-provoking songs. It helps to add the element of that your conscious is speaking to you from within your own head. I’ll adjust the amount of reverb I want to hear by lowering the direct sound fader. The less direct sound, then the more reverb you hear. It’s like a wet/dry but it works in opposite fashion as most reverb plug-ins, with lowering the fader being more wet as opposed to dry. Now this reverb isn’t always the best for singers to record with, that’s why I don’t have it as part of my recording template. It’s not as flexible in terms of type of sounds you get when used on vocals, but it is very helpful on instruments. This is my go to when you just need a slight touch of reverb on any sound source. The cathedral or large concert setting works great on synths and strings. People have often wondered how I’ve gotten synths to sound like real strings, well one of the plug-ins I use is the TrueVerb. The Large Concert setting really helps to create that atmosphere of an orchestral hall. The TrueVerb is a workhorse reverb as the SM57 is a workhorse microphone. I highly suggest this plug-in for reverbs as it’s one of the few reverbs that is subtle enough to not consciously notice but effects enough to create space in your mix.

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