Overview

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.

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
  • Adjustable Release Times
  • Stereo, mono and multi-channel operation (5.1 / 7.1 and more)

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Richard Devine

    Richard Devine

    Sound Designer/Artist (Hollywood Edge, Sound Delux, Sony Creative Software)

    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

    Producer/Engineer (Greg Wurth Audio, Steve Vai)

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

  • Adam Collins

    Adam Collins

    Music Producer/DJ (Euphoria Records, Omni A.M.)

    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

    Engineer/Vocal Producer (Selena Gomez, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga)

    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

    Songwriter/Producer (Rhythm Masters/Bunker Recording Studios)

    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 Peter Indenkämpen
    I thought that I had all that I needed for compression with the elysia alpha compressor. But this neat little plugin is the cherry on the cake. Together these two plugins are unbeatable. Again an… Read More
  • Great channel limiter

    ★★★★★
    by Particlez
    This is a great tool to use on channels or busses where you need a bit more control over the peak volumes.
    Being able to change the L/R link and mix percentage is really helpful and provides… Read More
  • limiter

    ★★★★★
    by J
    Does what it says on the tin and does it well as always with Brainworx plugins
  • bx limiter

    ★★★★★
    by PAPA WIZ
    yes yes yes, Just what the Limiter Dr. told me I needed so I came to Plugin alliance / Brainworx to get my Limiter Prescription filled
  • BX Limiter

    ★★★★★
    by DFA
    Absolutely invaluable for my sub groups in a mix. I don't know what I did without this. Helps the whole mix to glue together. The GUI is clear, responsive and accurate. The XL knob is great when you… Read More

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.9 through 10.13
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or most VST/VST3/AU-compatible hosts 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

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