The output ceiling is simple the maximum output of the limiter - all limiters have an output level control, and it normally defaults to "0" - actually the top of the scale, since it's "maximum loudness". Set this to -0.3 instead, and you protect your music from something called "intersample peaks" which will make it sound worse on less well designed systems.
Also - unless your neighbour is an audio professional, it's highly likely his "Waves Diamond" bundle is a hacked copy. I'd politely suggest you follow Lunale's advice, and look into freeware options (of which there are many). Not only will you learn better for yourself and in your own time, you'll receive good karma by not stealing from hard-working developers, and all your music will sell millions. Well, maybe not that last bit, but you get the idea.
Good luck with it!
Originally Posted by urbangermany
i first figured the loudness wasn't such a big issue until people on my myspace page startet complaining about my songs not being loud enough.
since it's only for myspace songs i don't want to spend money on mastering it.
thanks a lot for the breakdown it's pretty insightive and makes sense. i'm not sure I know how to get that to work though. because i don't know how to set an output ceiling.
my neighbour has the wave diamond bundle and wavelab, maybe somebody can explain to me how to do this with one of those plugins and in wavelab.
that would be amazing!