Maxwell Smart
by Lively Audio
4.9 / 5     (16 votes)
Maxwell Smart is a transparent true peak limiter / loudness maximizer with look-ahead.

It's designed to boost the overall loudness while maintaining transients without audible distortion. Maxwell Smart also has 4x ISP (inter-sample peak) detection to tame the 'invisible' peaks between regular sample peaks.
  • Transparent true peak limiter / loudness maximizer with look-ahead.
  • Simple but effective controls to fluently adjust the sound.
  • 4x Inter-Sample Peak (ISP) detection, with the same efficiency as 4x linear phase oversampling, but without any of the common downsides, such as additional sound artifacts or heavy CPU-load.
  • Compliant with the latest international recommendations for true peak detection, such as those described in ITU-R BS.1770-4.
  • 5ms latency (compensated).
  • Support for all sample rates between 8kHz - 384kHz.
Loz Grover Aug 29 2023
(5 / 5)
Aug 29 2023
A truly excellent limiter. The ISP protection is particularly noteworthy. Most limiters that have this functionality will sacrifice transients in pursuit of keeping those intersample peaks from clipping but, somehow, Maxwell Smart keeps transients very much intact. There is barely any noticeable difference to transient heavy material when switching it on. Even if I'm using a different limiter to achieve the volume I need (I master for a living) I will stick Maxwell on the end with the ISP function engaged.
K Jan 03 2023
(5 / 5)
Jan 03 2023
Great plugin! I've been currently using this for mastering in conjunction with other maximizer, limiter, and even a clipper plugin. It's also a easy to use plugin with just a few things to tweak of (like what i see on other free maximizer plugins as well) which makes learning curve quite easy especially for beginners, thus it's also sound transparent!
Caulixtla Apr 25 2021
(5 / 5)
Apr 25 2021
This is really great for getting that over-compressed loudness war sound. Excellent for making songs as loud as possible when the listeners will generally not care if things are hyper-compressed.
Tan Mar 13 2021
(5 / 5)
Mar 13 2021
The best limiter! Need 64bit version!
Toby Dec 02 2023
Dec 02 2023
Jbridge works nicely ;)
MariusVideo Jun 03 2019
(5 / 5)
Jun 03 2019
I like how It works. Good tool for mastering.
GREG May 28 2019
May 28 2019
Extreme amazing!
Anonymous Apr 02 2019
Apr 02 2019
It works and easy to use. I would appreciate a ceiling LED or something for fast best dynamic assessment. Thanx!!
HK Mar 25 2019
(5 / 5)
Mar 25 2019
Great tool, transparent and it makes the things it should do.
Al3x Sept 05 2018
(4 / 5)
Sept 05 2018
very good :) THIS IS тhe besт in тhe WOЯLD !!!!
jim Aug 31 2018
Aug 31 2018
I have mcdsp on my protools, this is every bit as good if not better great tool
JC Jul 21 2018
(5 / 5)
Jul 21 2018
This one passed my test. Great JOb
freasy Jul 15 2018
Jul 15 2018
My 'True-Peak Brickwall', which I put behind other limiters that can't do true peak. (Unfortunately most limiters overshoot a lot, when you measure for true peak, e.g. with the 'Youlean Loudness Meter'). I set threshold and ceiling to -1.2db and check 4x oversampling. Beside of this 'misuse', Maxwell Smart is one of the very best transparent limiters available today, and it's free.
DJ M PEACE LA May 19 2018
(5 / 5)
May 19 2018
I like this plugin, it is great
Nisco R May 10 2018
(5 / 5)
May 10 2018
Very nice compressor, I will definitely be using this for now on as it is able to be transparent and loud at the same time with ease.
Betz Mar 09 2018
Mar 09 2018
Great plugin
Jup173r Mar 04 2017
(5 / 5)
Mar 04 2017
Apart from L2, this is the best mastercomp I've used. It balances the mix with clarity when stressed.
Gives error in FL Studio 12 Jan 06 2016
Jan 06 2016
It's giving me error when I search the plug-ins. This one is colored red and says error :/
DJ Elemix Nov 25 2016
Nov 25 2016
I don't say that and I have FL Studio 12.4. Or, you can test this with Audacity, it works perfeclty for me
BT Jan 04 2016
(5 / 5)
Jan 04 2016
This was not recognized by my XP SP3 DAW, Apparently, you need to have .NET framework which I do not have. Too bad; it gets great reviews everywhere. I went with LoudMax instead.
Matt Oct 14 2016
Oct 14 2016
You know, you could probably just download the relevant .NET framework and you'd be fine.
Syntha Jun 21 2013
Jun 21 2013
Amazingly good sound! Compare with the other ones out there, and you'll see... :)))
SM Jun 12 2013
(5 / 5)
Jun 12 2013
This is great loudness maximizer. I find this to be very transparent. I was very shocked and surprised at how well this plugin sounds..... I highly recommend giving it a try. It's a keeper for me !!!