Pro-L2 is a mastering engineer’s wet dream come true!
Pardon the rude title, but never in my wildest dreams would I imagined anything as incredible as this Maximizer. Now, the 32x oversampling DOES eat up CPU, so working with it set at 4x oversampling is fine, and then bring it up to 32x oversampling. So for curiosity’s sake, I decided to see how far I could push Pro-L2 before I heard audible distortion. Using a custom preset, I could make it -4dB RMS before hearing distortion in the original Pro-L. After rebuilding that preset in Pro-L2, setting oversampling to 8x (instead of my 4x), keeping True Peak Limiting on, it could hit up to slightly above -2dB RMS before any real audible distortion. That is really damn loud (albeit with the dynamics completely squashed out, but at least they are transparently squashed out you see).
This means it’ll be guaranteed to be crystal clear at the far more pleasant -9 RMS (which is my usual level for my dance music tracks).
OH, and another thing I noticed in Pro-Q2 is FabFilter was kind enough to allow us to save spectral information from reference tracks! Now I no longer need to hook up a live sidechain to match spectral content. I swear they improved the algorithms for spectral matching adjustments as well as I hear less oddities.
This Auria Pro update is one of the best, and it doesn’t crash on me.