W1 Limiter is a clone of Waves L1
with identical output.
I have not seen any Waves source code, and this result was obtained by
tweaking 4Front YLimiter
, by doing the following:
- Release curve simplified
- Release time multiplied 3 times (see notes below)
- Softening circuit filter changed
Waves L1 famous limiter (and thus W1 — for compatibility reasons) uses three
times longer actual release time than standard RT60 metric. This means that if
you set 50ms
release in the limiter, it will actually yield with
standard RT60 release time.
Since this cloning could be done, you may have no doubt that in the future
I'll provide you with a commercial limiter, that beats everything currently
available (I have prototypes already).
If you are unsure which release time to set, consider using the default release
time. Different engineers recommend different values, the default value is
chosen reasonably to provide a smooth limiting for most typical usage
of the limiter.