Originally Posted by Cellotron
I have this one but can't seem to wrap my mind around the fairly unintuitive control parameters for this one - so my results to date with it has been it really over-softens transients relative to my other choices. Any suggestions as to how to approach working with the Flux?
Use the Advanced release parameter option. Set a the minimum (fastest) max+min release time. Reduce lookahead to the recommended setting by double clicking on the slider, then experiment with even shorter lookahead or no lookahead. At the shortest settings it will approach clipping. You should notice a change in the transients and the general sound will be more snappy. Go backwards if you want softer results.
No knee, no other funny stuff - though you can experiment with the release sidechain filter when you have slower release times than this.
I turn off auto make-up and lower the threshold until I get the amount of reduction I'm looking for while listening only to the changes in sound. When I'm done I auto make-up. Limiting is almost always a compromise and I rarely limit more than about 3 dB. If loudness is paramount I combine it with clipping earlier in the chain before going outboard (which avoids clipping into RMS territory and offers some transient control before compression - despite some DAC waveform reconstruction, potential distortion build-up, and the inherent counterproductiveness of clipping early, it still has its advantages) or I clip at the end of the chain. Or all three, God forgive me.
You can make the FabFilter Pro-L sound quite similar to the Flux Limiter at particular settings. I haven't been succesful in making the Sonnox Oxford do the same for me as the Flux Limiter but I haven't tried the Massey since it's just RTAS/TDM. I sometimes use the FG-X but more as a saturation device than an actual limiter. The Waves L2 I use once in a full moon when I'm looking for that mushy sound, while the L3 sounds like broken glass to me. The Sonalksis limiter isn't useful at all unfortunately.
Originally Posted by Johnny Paez
do u think an avalon 2022 is a good option to use like a mastering compressor?? have u used it on mastering???
thanks in advance
The 2022 is a preamp and while you can saturate it for some self-compression (in theory) I wouldn't use it for that purpose. Maybe you're thinking of the 2044 which is a compressor. I've used the 2044 on a couple of albums. It's very nice, especially the bass sounds tight to me. The controls are a little fiddly and hard to recall later so I didn't keep it.