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The Breakaway Broadcast processing software does everything the 222 does (asymmetrical limiting, NRSC pre-emphasis, 10 kHz sharp cutoff filtering) at $200 with a free demo version. Plus, and this is important, it has an elaborate multiband compressor/limiter function that can produce extremely high audio density.
I’ve played around with the demo version. I found that the asymmetric limiting didn’t really produce a very noticeable effect, but high density compression/limiting dramatically increases the loudness at the expense of listenability, in my opinion. Music with absolutely no dynamic range is fatiguing to listen to. All the instruments just muddle together. Hyper compression is the rage now days. I think some dynamic range is necessary to expose individual instruments. I think I saw a recommendation somewhere for at least 8dB or 10dB or so to de-muddle music and help preserve at least some semblance of the dynamic range in older recordings. Many modern pop CDs and MP3s are already recorded with hypercompression, so they’re already a lost cause. I don’t know. It’s all very subjective.
It’s a different story for voice. Voice will benefit from both asymmetrical limiting and high density compression. Trouble is, unless you are a talk-only station, you can’t fully maximize density for voice without degrading the music.