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L3 Multimaximizer

5-band dynamics control with linear-phase crossover
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Master with More PrecisionUsing Multiband Maximization


There’s a reason why the L3 Multimaximizer has been the choice of top mastering engineers for over a decade: It artfully merges five-band parametric equalization, linear-phase crossovers, transparent dynamics control, and bit-resolution conversion into an exemplary mastering chain.

Based on Waves’ proprietary Peak Limiting Mixer™ technology, this plugin’s deep level of control for dynamics and frequency response lets you take your master wherever you want it to go.

  • Optimize dynamics independently in five frequency bands
  • Multiband peak limiting maximizes levels, while retaining musicality
  • Intelligent release options provide a fluid maximizing character
  • Linear-phase crossovers maintain artifact-free purity
  • Informative display gives insights into the maximizing process
  • Precise, flexible equalization adds another dimension to mastering
  • Variable crossover frequencies and release times
  • Advanced dithering, noise shaping, and bit-reduction processing
Watch It in Action

From a Gentle Lift, to Powerful Punch

  • Maximization with a Natural Sound

    Unlike conventional multiband limiters, Waves’ Peak Limiting Mixer technology treats the five bands as part of an integrated whole, and distributes attenuation in each band as needed. The result: level and clarity.

    Features: Glue Mixes without “Squashing”
  • Intelligent, Adaptive Release

    Adaptive release algorithms, and a choice of release profiles, allow choosing the character that best suits your needs—from transparent to aggressive—without pumping, breathing, or other artifacts.

  • EQ: The Big Advantage

    The linear phase crossovers provide freedom from phase distortion, a transparent high end, and exceptional sonic accuracy. This is why engineers use the L3 Multimaximizer as much for its equalization as for its dynamics control.

    Features: Fast and Efficient Operation
  • Set Your Priorities

    Increase or decrease a band’s priority relative to other bands, to ensure that whatever frequency band you want front and center—like the one that includes kick or vocals—always retains its focus within the master.

    Features: From Vocals to “The Ringo Drum Sound”
  • Shape Psychoacoustics with Separation

    Separate the bands for maximum isolation, or reduce separation so energy from one band can influence adjacent bands. You can even eliminate separation entirely, for conversion to a wideband limiter with linear-phase EQ.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material
  • Digital Release-Ready

    With 2 dithering options, 3 noise-shaping algorithms, and conversion to 16, 18, 20, 22, or 24-bit resolution, the Increased Digital Resolution (IDR) section provides high-quality preparation for digital releases.

    Features: Precision Modeled Transformers
  • Simplified and Low-Latency Versions

    Alongside the full L3 plugin, the Waves catalog also includes the L3 Ultramaximizer plugin with simplified controls, and the live mixing-friendly “LL” (low-latency) versions of both the Multimaximizer and the Ultramaximizer.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material