Wave Arts FinalPlug 5 AAX
FinalPlug is a professional peak limiter/volume maximizer with extensive bit depth truncation and dither options, making it ideally suited for a final mix. Tame the peaks a bit, or really squeeze all the volume you can out of it.
The FinalPlug interface could hardly be simpler. Select a desired output ceiling level, say -0.1 dB, and then adjust the threshold level. As you decrease the threshold you increase the volume.
The peak limiter section works by looking ahead 1.5 milliseconds. When a input peak is detected that will exceed the desired output ceiling, the gain is quickly ducked to let the peak pass, then the gain is restored relatively slowly according to the release time control. During rapidly changing program material with frequent peaks, a faster release time will achieve better results. During slowly changing material, slower release times prevent excessive modulation distortion. FinalPlug’s auto release feature analyzes the input signal to determine peakiness, and selects the optimum release time for the program material.
The truncate/dither section is usually used for CD mastering, where truncation to 16 bits can create audible quantization distortion. By adding special dither noise, the quantization distortion can be eliminated, and the dither noise can be spectrally shaped to move it to frequency ranges where it is less audible. FinalPlug contains a comprehensive noise shaping section which reproduces a variety of commonly used noise shapes.
Sonically transparent peak limiting, use as mastering limiter or volume/loudness maximizer
Auto release control for greater sonic clarity
Bit depth truncation from 4 to 24 bits
Comprehensive noise shaping options, choose between 12 noise shapes
Presets for CD and DVD-audio mastering and track compression
Latency compensation via compatible hosts
Up to 192 kHz sampling rate
Mono or stereo
OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 or later.
A host program that supports the AU, MAS, VST, or RTAS plug-in architecture.
All Mac plug-in formats compatible with Intel-based Macintosh computers (Universal Binary).
Windows 2000, XP, Vista or 7.
A host program that supports the DirectX, VST, or RTAS plug-in architecture.
Wave Arts plug-ins are not standalone applications, instead they “plug-in” to a host audio editor application. You must run an audio editor or workstation application such as Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Sonar, Ableton Live, Sound Forge, Audition, Samplitude, Nuendo, WaveLab, Digital Performer, Studio One, etc. (there are a lot of choices). Wave Arts plug-ins support many plug-in formats, on Mac OS we support VST, AU, AAX, RTAS, AS, and MAS formats and on Windows we support VST, DX, AAX, RTAS, and AS formats.
The entire plug-in lineup now works in Avid’s AAX format! All plug-ins now support AAX Native operation while TrackPlug, MultiDynamics and FinalPlug also run on HDX DSP cards