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Overview

To get your mixes to come out of the computer “loud & proud” but grooving and without unwanted distortion, it is necessary to cut off peaks and transients on all channels and stems (i.e., grouped or summed audio channels). Any pro will tell you: ”Don´t just limit on the master bus!”

Brainworx designed the bx_limiter to be used on multiple busses to smooth things out and glue them together prior to running through a full blown mastering limiter, like the Brainworx bx_XL V2.

The “Channel Link” knob is a unique and powerful feature that allows you to blend between “Linked” mode where both channels are limited when the threshold is exceeded on either channel, and “Off” where only the channel on which the threshold was exceeded is limited. If, for example, you set the blend control at 50% and a signal exceeds the threshold only on the right channel, the gain on the left channel will be reduced by half as much as the right. This creates some powerful options to maximize loudness while maintaining an even sounding mix.

Here are some recommended uses of the bx_limiter:

Traditional defeating of peaks
Simply lower the Threshold to stop peaks at a defined level.

Maximizing the Output level
Just boost Gain until the output level hits 0dB.

Loudness Maximizing
Add that extra dB of perceived loudness using the XL saturation.

Manage Stereo Material
Got cymbal crashes in one channel that are too hot? Dial the Channel Link knob all the way to “Off” to allow the limiter to grab just the peak on that channel and then dial it back towards “Link” until you achieve the desired balance between limiting the cymbal crash and relative channel levels

Sound Shaping / Extreme Effects
Drive signals or stems (i.e., grouped audio signals) into the limiter and saturate heavily without affecting your stem levels.

Parallel Dynamics & Saturation
Overdo the settings of the limiter and saturation effect and blend the original signal with the effected sound to create vintage drum & vocal sounds or special effects.

Features

  • CPU-friendly, highly accurate limiter for Mono, Stereo & Multi-Channel signals
  • Low Latency (2ms or less depending on sample rate & system)
  • Mix control (Dry/Wet) lets you blend processed & unprocessed audio
  • Channel Link knob lets you seamlessly blend between unlinked and linked peak detection
  • Output Dim adjusts your output level conveniently in any mix session
  • 1-Click Fader Link to drive signals into limiter while compensating for level
  • XL = Saturation on board! Add that extra dB of perceived loudness
  • 4 Settings per preset: automate complex settings
  • 32 steps of Undo/Redo
  • Adjustable Release Times
  • Algorithms and features taken from the famous bx_XL V2 M/S Mastering Limiter!
  • Stereo, mono and multi-channel (5.1 / 7.1) operation

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Richard Devine
    Richard Devine

    Simply awesome and simple easy operation. I use this on my master channel sometimes and on my drum channels. I can get things nice and loud without any distortion and is very CPU friendly.

  • Greg Wurth
    Greg Wurth

    The bx_limiter is an extremely powerful tool. I love that it's transparent even at the extremes.

  • Adam Collins
    Adam Collins

    The meter is fast and accurate. This limiter can go on any channel and quickly get your sounds to 0db before final mastering. Also great for homogenizing stems that have unwanted audio peaks that… Read More

  • Benjamin Rice
    Benjamin Rice

    I love this limiter because it does so much more than just standard peak limiting. The channel link, parallel and saturation features make this one of my most effective and favorable tools for… Read More

  • Steve Mac
    Steve Mac

    The best feature on the bx_limiter for me is the XL -- you can just get that little bit more out of it.

Customer Reviews

  • ★★★☆☆
    bx_limiter
    by Jack
    I'm finding this to not be a clean limiter but more of a character one. Not saying that's good or bad but just putting that out there. That being said it does what it says on the tin that it's… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    GREAT LIMITER!!
    by Bart
    Amazing! Boost and Saturation XL - Love it! Must have!
  • ★★★☆☆
    Nice limiter but finicky controls
    by Marshall Haze
    This is a good limiter for tracks and busses, my only complaint is setting the controls can be a pain. The "Out" slider is the worst about that, it jumps all over the place and takes several tries… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    BX Limiter
    by JimHam70
    This plugin is easy on your CPU and works great on channels or busses to tame the peaks. It can also be last in your chain on the 2 bus. Easy to use... straight forward and intuitive.
  • ★★★★★
    Brainworx bx_limiter
    by raatzfatz
    This Plugin is just awesome and so exciting, I really love it, cause it creates such a good and warm sound. I will never miss it while mixdown or mastering.

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.8 through 10.13
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or any VST/VST3/AU-compatible host running on a supported operating system

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; minimum 2 GHz recommended)

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

Downloads

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