I really REALLY hate some of the recordings of today.
Therefore I am a fan of the website http://www.dynamicrange.de/
If you dislike what the mixer has made than maybe this is a solution and it is free, but you can always donate of course.
It is called ReLife. http://www.terrywest.nl/utils.html
It is made by Terry West and he says the following.
Bring back life to a heavy clipped audiofile.
Revolutionary way to recover transients and lost peaks.
- Bypass button.
- Postgain (neg/pos).
- Pre Cleaning stage.
- Three peak restore algos.
- In, recover and out meters.
- Stereo & mono versions.
- Realtime processing or offline.
I tested it in Foobar2000 and I see amazing results. The only album so far I cannot improve is Kelly Clarkson Breakaway. So it does not work always.
Hope to hear of it works out