First of all, before anyone says do a search, I have placed the exact subject line in a forum search, then I removed the "vs." and did another search, then I did a Google search. I can't find this answer anywhere.
I am trying to use my Sound Forge to give me as good as possible fidelity for mix cds,most of which use multiple sources. Since all the nice mastering engineers have differing ideas about where the peaks should hit, I have wildly differing volume levels.
I'm not trying to compress the sound, I'm trying to listen without having to run to change the volume control at every song.
I've been working with the Mastering Limiter at settings Threshhold:-1.5dB, Margin:-1.5dB, Character 7.00 wiht the prevent inter-sample clips ticked. I get good results unless the recording levels are really low, in which case the -1.5 on the Threshhold doesn't do any good. But it seems like when I raise it to something around -10dB, the sound gets more compressed. Since I don't understand the help file (which is par for the course), I don't know if I'r really screwing something up.
Or is the Wave Hammer better to use? The best sound I've gotten so far is bypassing the compressor,then setting the Volume Maximizer to a threshhold of -7dB and output level at -1.5dB, with longer lookahead ticked and a release time of 1,000ms.
Could someone who understands the theory share their experience and intelligence with me? And if there is a better plugin in the SoundForge family - or in anything that Cakewalk had ever put out, like Boost 11 and the Sonitus stuff - could you let me know?
Thanks in advance for any good soul who provides much needed assistance.