I've been playing with Elephant 3 a bit, I still have some things to learn. I'm a long-term user of Elephant 2 which is the only limiter I ever use for anything. I have one project, a women's choral group that is very fussy about limiters. Most limiters produce low frequency artifacts with this recording, no setting eliminates them, and there's no bass to mask them. I get the best sound and none of these artifacts in Elephant 2 with AIGC 3 or 4 and the "min" speed setting. I've never found another limiter that behaves well with this recording.
As you note, setting the release time slow with the AIGC modes in Elephant 3 causes problems. I wouldn't call it "pumping" so much as "over-attacking" In fact if I set the release to the slowest setting in these modes, recordings with sharp transients can cause the limiter to "over-attack so much that the audio sometimes totally mutes and then fades back in. That's a pretty amazing sound although probably not one I'd be looking for ;-) Again, I know you warn about that.
Can you recommend a setting for Elephant 3 to emulate Elephant 2 in AIGC 4 set at "min" speed?
Ah, thanks, Aleksey. Interestingly Elephant 3 seems not to add the artifacts I was referring to, at least I haven't found a way to make it do that which is very good. It was interesting to try the same material through the Waves L2 (which I don't own and I've used up my demo so I can't try it again) When I tried that a couple of years ago it acted terrible no matter how I set it.
If you'd ever be interested in a small sample of this project I'd be happy to send it, it seems to be a very good limiter torture test!
Elephant 3 is sounding very good here. And your support is the best in the world. Thanks!
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