Joey Sturgis Tones’ new Finality limiter comes in both full-featured Advanced and Lite versions. I tested the AAX64 version in Pro Tools HDX 12.4 and found Finality Advanced offered a full complement of controls including Look Ahead for anticipating loud peaks before they occur. Look Ahead is adjustable from 0.01ms to 5ms.
Besides Input, Release, Threshold, Output and Wet/Dry controls, Finality Advanced has the Aggro switch that changes the shape of the release time curve. The Color mode adds saturation to the signal—I found it noticeable on the low frequencies within a Finality-processed stereo drum overhead track. The default Hard Mode position caused a faster release from deeper gain reductions.
Finality Advanced has a well-featured side-chain system with side-chain monitoring, and adjustable (up to 12kHz) high pass filter. There is also Auto Gain for automatically adjusting make up gain.
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Finality Advanced offers just the right amount of controls to arrive at just the right processing for any source. I liked the Mode switch choices and the Color switch’s saturation sound. I found Finality Advanced great for drums—it is aggressive and vibey sounding.
I also tried Finality Lite. It is a “bare bones” version of this limiter with the same sonic presence as Advanced. Finality Advanced sells for $89 MSRP and $59 MSRP for Lite.
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Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com