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FABFILTER Pro-L 2 £149

Can FabFilter’s new and improved Pro-L 2 replace all the other limiters in your DAW? Mike Hillier turns up the gain to find out

Like so many of FabFilter’s other plug-ins, the original FabFilter Pro-L limiter had become a staple of our mix and mastering sessions. Not only did the limiting algorithms each sound superb, but the graphical interface made using the Pro-L incredibly simple and enjoyable. Like the Pro-Q and Pro-C before it however, FabFilter has now taken the time to re-evaluate Pro-L, updating the plug-in, and ensuring that it retains its place on our shortlist – but has it done enough to replace the competition and become our go-to limiter for all scenarios?

While heavy limiting during mastering has become less fashionable recently, forcing mastering engineers to work harder to get loud and punchy results without simply resorting to squashing the life out of a mix, a high-quality limiter is still an essential tool, both in mixing and mastering. But now, a limiter has to be able to deliver more than simple loudness. FabFilter Pro-L 2 delivers this with a range of eight limiting algorithms, each designed with their own character, providing eight different flavours which can be applied to different program material. In addition, FabFilter has added a number of further features aimed at expanding the functionality of the plug-in, beyond simply making tracks louder

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In response to the ever-growing world of sound design, we highlight many of the best tools of the trade to equip you to experiment yourself, step-by-step guides to various processes, plus interviews with those whose careers have been built in the world of professional sound design. Elsewhere, we speak to former Stereophonics drummer Javier Weyler, whose company Breaking Waves facilitate the sonic needs of filmmakers in innovative, creative ways. We also talk to mix engineer Giles Barrett about his boat-based studio and head inside Nottingham's newly-opened Mount Street Studios. Along with our usual range of in-depth reviews we see our tutorial section expand once more as we welcome a brand new Reason series. We hope you enjoy the issue!