Brainworx bx_limiter

The Perfect Limiter for Stems and Submixes.

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!

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 vey CPU friendly.

Customer Reviews

  • ★★★★★
    bx_limiter
    by JEFFY MAX
    March 3, 2016
    I like the XL knob a lot. Adds subtle harmonics that increased perceived loudness and punch
  • ★★★★☆
    Great idea
    by gregam
    February 12, 2016
    Using stem limiter is a great idea and included satruation is really good, it just distorts too fast with short release times.
  • ★★★★★
    simply and brilliant
    by Boot Slap
    January 14, 2016
    Simple interface, amazing sound. I use it on Busses/Groups, the Master channel and sometimes on Drum channels.

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.6 through 10.11
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 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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