First of all, let me introduce myself - I am a musicproducer and an studio engineer. I'm only 22 and have been making music for about 7 years now.
I studied musicproduction and music engineering for 3 years and consider myself more of a musicproducer than an engineer. But I am reading and learning about mixing music everyday because I want my productions to sound as good as they can!
Well enough of that - let's talk about the UAD Precision Maximizer!
First of all - I love it. Hands down, it's great! And here is why:
- Great sound, works on mostly everything!
- Easy to use.
- No computer cpu consumption (like with all the UAD plug-ins)
We'll start talking about how it sounds, what's it's character - It has many! With the shape knob you can alter it's character, what it is giving to the sound. this is dependent for every sound, so give it a turn and see for yourself. Also, with the input, you can increase the "drive". The louder the signal, the harder the maximizer will work.
Also, if you like the character, but think it's a bit to much, try turning down the mix knob a bit. That way, you can get a polished sound but with some edge!
Another great feature (especially for house drums!) is the limit function. Enable it, then start palying with shape, input and mix. It's quite easy to get a club feel, and make the kick fat and boomy.
As you might have noticed, i'm not talking about this as a mastering plug-in, but more of a compressor-type-thingy. It's becuase, drive the Precision Maximizer a bit harder, and it's great for your single sounds. use it subtle, and it's great for mastering as well.
For example, say you want more clarity and a bit more punch in the vocal - load up the Precision Maximizer. thanks to there are so few controls, you will get what you are looking for quite fast!
That's the only downfall of this plug-in - it sounds so good, that i would like to have more options! It would for example be nice to choose between more bands instead of just 1 or 3. maybe add a 7, and an eleven as well?
And also, another mode for the shape. Cause on some bas-sounds, the shape doesn't work so well, and it would be great to try another shape in that case!
Well, overall - I'm so glad you can't crack UAD plug-ins, cause these guys deserve every penny. You won't be disapointed by this, it really sounds great!