Mastering Limiter with a Brain
MASTERING WITH A BRAIN
Elevate is the most advanced mastering plug-in ever created. This unique multi-band limiter, human-ear EQ and powerful audio maximizer will increase the loudness of your mix while maintaining or improving its dynamic perception. It uses intelligent, adaptive technology that responds in real time to your music; creating not only the loudest, but the best sounding master.
Developed by Newfangled Audio, Elevate maintains subtle dynamics and improves the tonal balance of your mix. The adaptive limiter analyzes 26 frequency bands and alters the gain, speed and transients for each band in real time. The result is a transparent, natural sound, no matter how hard you push it.
Elevate utilizes 26 critical filter bands modeled from the human ear. Each of the bands are spaced to give maximum control over how the sound hits your eardrum. Draw curves, solo bands and manipulate the transient attack for each individual band to bring out particular instruments such as kick or snare drums.
Grand Electric - Fade The Hype
Grand Electric uses Elevate on Fade The Hype to get a loud, in your face, master. They're dialing in a total of 4.8 dB of gain using a modified version of Chris Tabron's Toasted Bagel preset. Specifically, the 0Hz and 177Hz filters are boosted to recover some of the bass lost when limiting this already loud production. Those same bands are also boosted in the the Transient Section to make sure the kick drum comes through. Finally, 0.8 dB of soft clipping was added for some pleasing harmonic distortion. The overall effect is a master that is louder, but also punchier and with a fuller low end than the final mix.
"No Elevate" is the dry mix without any mastering limiter.
"Elevate Compensated" uses Elevate to apply the above settings, but with level compensation so you're listening at the same level. You can hear how Elevate improved the low end without even adding level.
"With Elevate" is the final master, with gain applied.
Analyzes and alters the gain, speed and transients of each filter band in real time.-
Includes presets by: APS Mastering, Matt Lange, Jeremy Lubsey, Eric Beam, ROCAsound, Chris Tabron and John McCaig.
Automatically adapts the attack, release and look-ahead parameters for each filter band to greatly reduce "pumping" and breathing artifacts and perceived distortion.
Preserves or emphasizes fast transients to avoid squashing your mix.
Manipulates transients across the critical bands to preserve the attacks from kick drums, snares and cymbals, without affecting the entire mix.
Uses linear phase auditory filters — based on the Mel Scale — to manipulate the audio in a way that is natural to your inner ear.
Solo the output of one band (or a number of bands) to hone in on problem frequencies, tweak transients or alter gain.
Use the Auto Output Level feature to compare the limited signal to non-limited signals with the same amount of gain allowing you to easily hear what impact the processing is having on your sound.
Use the Spectral Clipper to overdrive the final output without affecting the tonal balance or allowing the signal to get “tubby.” Perfect for a more aggressive sound.
Six different types of metering allow you to keep an eye on every aspect of your output audio.
(Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Adele, Green Day, Beyoncé)
"I’m really loving Elevate, using it on almost every mix now. The transient processing is genius!"
(Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones,
"I really like Elevate. It has a somewhat unique sound to it, which is a great addition to my limiter toolset."
(Radiohead, DJ Shadow)
"This is truly an incredible plug in. I have been waiting for a long time for something like this. In particular, how it handles transients and attacks is completely unique!”
Elevate uses machine learning algorithms to make it easy for you to get the best sounds, but you can still get under the hood for as much precise control as you desire. This includes giving you control over the tonal balance and transients inside the final limiting stage. The adaptive algorithms reduce audible artifacts and the additional controls give you maximum flexibility with professional results.
For more information on Elevate's Auditory Filter Bank read this blog post.
For more information on Elevate's machine learning algorithms (it's "Brain") read this blog post.