The $ 64,000 Question is…how to make it LOUD (competitively) without destroying the mix?
The newest contender for me is from Melda Productions, a software company based in Prague, Czech Republic. They make a complete line of audio plug ins as well as a few synth based ones. The one that I had to have was the M Multiband Limiter.
It can be a tricky beast to tame (LOTS of control and parameters) but the starting presets are excellent. This one is sitting on my master bus now (along with Fab Filter and PSP Xenon).
A fellow engineer showed me this plug in by Goodhertz called the Vulf Compressor. It’s a unique piece that combines a compressor with “wow” (as in warbly like an old turntable) and a “lo-fi” module. The main page:
Elegant in its’ simplicity, it sports a “wet/dry”slider on the bottom for blending your sonic mayhem with your original audio (if so desired).
So far, it’s been living on my drum bus (along with the PSP Old Timer) but I know it’s going to find a place on individual tracks as well.
If you are so inclined to go “under the hood” for some more detailed tweekage, Goodhertz has given you the option:
I’m glad that plug in manufacturers are taking this approach. The Fab Filter Pro L Limiter has a similar layout (but with additional “help” pop ups). Great plug in for brickwall limiting with excellent metering and built in ISP indicator.