To get your mixes to come out of the computer “loud & proud” but punchy 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 buss!”
Brainworx designed bx_limiter to be used on multiple busses to smoothen things out and glue them together prior to running through a full blown mastering limiter, like the Brainworx bx_XL V2 or bx_masterdesk. These plugins work best - and most importantly sound best - when they don't have TOO MUCH limiting to do.
bx_limiter offers a great sounding limiter algorithm, then adds some great sounding saturation (to further glue signals in your mixes), and some useful features not found in your average limiter plugin.
The “Channel Link” knob, for example, 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.
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.