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Comments on WAVES L316 Dynamics Plugins
Old 15th September 2011
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Comments on WAVES L316

I am not a mastering engineer, nor do I have the facilities to perform mastering. However I am interested in using a specific pluggin to conduct some final master limiting to pre-release tracks that I work on.

I have several Waves processors (L1, L2 and FLux pure Limiter). However I recently I demo-ed the WAVES L3-16, it seems to me be a fairly complex pluggin, however after reading the manual and reviewing some videos, I think I figured it out. There is also a smaller version which is a full band limiter that is essentially an update on what the L1 does.

I am curious as to what your experiences has been with this pluggin?

Any comments would be appreciated
Old 15th September 2011
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An incredibly easy way to get yourself into deep doo doo, imho.

If you're just using it for some stuff you're playing around with, why not just stick with the L2? It was used for years (still is, many places) as the de-facto mastering limiter in many top facilities.

A lot less easy to mess things up with it as well....

Just a friendly suggestion!

Old 16th September 2011
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Old 16th September 2011
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its a pretty crappy plug in.
fabfilter pro-l is the best limiter out there period
Old 16th September 2011
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Originally Posted by janjaal View Post
its a pretty crappy plug in.
fabfilter pro-l is the best limiter out there period
I don't think the L316 is crappy, I did a test using both, with acoustic music, classical or jazz, they produce very similar results, but with rock, pop or dance, I much prefer the fabfilter pro-l and it's much easier to use.
Old 10th January 2013
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One of the engineers i work with regularly uses the L3-16 to great effect with our world music CD's.
I love the analogue settings. There are some nice presets, like WARM ANALOGUE.
We have found with acoustic instruments this is a good preset to start from.
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