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Top 33 Limiter VST plugins 2020

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We have collected for you the top 33 VST plugins Limiter according to PluginBoutique.

VST list navigation:

  1. Velo 2
  2. TDR Limiter 6 GE
  3. Devil-Loc
  4. Sonnox Inflator V3
  5. Big Clipper
  6. Devil-Loc Deluxe
  7. FabFilter Pro-L 2
  8. Oxford Limiter V3
  9. Brickwall Limiter
  10. Maximal 2
  11. 4040 Retro Limiter Native
  12. Voxengo Elephant
  13. ML8000 Native
  14. Maximus
  15. Blue Cat’s Protector
  16. MLimiterX
  17. Inflator – HD/HDX
  18. ISL 2
  19. Chandler Limited® Zener Limiter
  20. ML8000 HD
  21. Little Clipper
  22. Mastering Limiter
  23. Finality Advanced
  24. Finality Lite
  25. BUTE Limiter Stereo
  26. The Wall
  27. MUltramaximizer
  28. Voxengo EBusLim
  29. MLimiterMB
  30. BUTE Limiter Surround
  31. Oxford Limiter V3 – HD/HDX
  32. ISL 2st
  33. 4040 Retro Limiter HD

1. Velo 2

by SoundSpot

Velo 2

After the soaring success of the original Velo, SoundSpot thought it was only right to take things to the next level!

You asked for additional features and they listened! Velo2 has been reworked from the ground up with an improved algorithm and additional sonic features such as lookahead and oversampling, combined with a sleek new retina ready interface, making this update a must-have for all producers.

The Velo2 is a brick wall limiter for maximizing loudness that features different options to influence colouration and transient preservation. As Velo2’s adaptive release makes the plug-in react quickly to the incoming signal, it’s a well-suited limiter for mastering any style of rhythmical music with pronounced transients, along with bus-processing beats, drums and rhythmical bass, guitar and synth parts.

Features

  • Intuitive, easy to navigate user interface
  • Designed to work flawlessly with touch controllers such as the Raven by Slate Media
  • Adaptive release control
  • 4 Style Settings
  • Transient Control
  • Real-time RMS display
  • Real-time Reduction display
  • Preset Manager to save & share your settings

System Requirements

Mac

  • 10.12 – 10.14 (Catalina not supported)

Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)

Formats: 

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

2. TDR Limiter 6 GE

by Tokyo Dawn Labs

TDR Limiter 6 GE

TDR Limiter 6 GE is a modern dynamics compression and limiting toolkit featuring six specialized modules that can be arranged in variable order. Together, they cover a remarkable range of applications from delicate loudness control, to brutal “brick-walling” and creative mix bus crunching.

Features

Modules

  • Dynamics Compressor
  • Clipper
  • High-Frequency Limiter
  • Peak Limiter
  • Output Protection Limiter
  • True Peak and EBU Loudness Meter
  • Each module offers dedicated control over different types of events, from macro to micro, and allows you to determine the signal path. Combined wisely they can greatly increase the perceived loudness of a mix while preserving superior musical fidelity, punch, and excitement.

With its appealing visual aesthetic, the advanced true peak and EBU R128 compliant loudness metering section gives a detailed insight into the signal’s dynamics. The equal loudness bypass will also make sure the operators’ aural perception isn’t tricked from any loudness differences.

A collection of sensible starting points allows for quick, yet precise loudness maximization. If needed, a wide range of options offer endless creative possibilities for getting that optimal setting. Going further, Limiter 6 also enables the operator to build his personal take loudness maximization, bus processing and much more.

Limiter 6 Version 1.2.0 Update Changelog (12.01.19)

  • VST3 format added.
  • MacOS 10.15 Catalina support.
  • Added relative gain preservation on module reorder (hold cmd/alt on drag for the old behaviour) # Improved GR-meter overload/autoscale behaviour – fixed bug in meter-module mouse behaviour # Various little improvements.

System Requirements

Windows

  • Win XP SP2 or above
  • VST (32-bit / 64-bit)
  • AAX (64-bit only)

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or above
  • VST, AU, AAX (64-bit only)

Important Note: The Mac version of this software is 64-bit only and will not function on 32-bit systems.


3. Devil-Loc

by Soundtoys

Devil-Loc

Audio Level Destroyer

Two knobs, one big drum sound. Audio level destroyer with a vintage vibe.

Simple, devious and often unpredictable, Devil-Loc is a little plug-in that makes drums sound big. Drop it on a drum kit or loop and listen to Devil-Loc inflate the room ambience, pumping excitement into an otherwise drab rhythm track. Push it to its limits to create extreme gating effects where loud hits crush the signal to silence and the output blooms into a fuzzy mess.

Now back off the controls. You’ll find some amazing sweet spots where Devil-Loc shows its angelic side, adding a vintage halo to loops and drums. You can even try it on your mix bus—if you dare!

Some of the best music production techniques are based on twisting and abusing old technology, and Devil-Loc comes straight out of that tradition. Its inspiration comes from an old podium mic compressor called the Level-Loc.

Originally intended as a way to keep a presenter’s voice at a perfectly even level, clever recording engineers eventually liberated these relics from church lecterns and bingo halls and began using them for more nefarious purposes. Because they featured an automatic release time that changed depending on the input level, as well as some particularly gnarly distortion characteristics, these boxes were capable of doing amazing and sometimes absolutely weird things to drums. Devil-Loc captures the rawness of these old devices and packages it into an easy-to-use plug-in.

Devil-Loc Deluxe

Want even more control? Step up to Devil-Loc Deluxe. It adds Mix and Darkness controls and selectable release time to help you rein in Devil-Loc’s beastly tendencies.

Features

  • Create huge drum sounds with extreme compression and distortion
  • Capture the raw and unpredictable nature of the offbeat Level-Loc compressor
  • Dial in the perfect amount of Crunch (distortion) and Crush (compression) with an incredibly simple interface

System Requirements

Plug-in Formats (64-bit only):

  • AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite, VST, and Audio Units (AU)

Supported Sample Rates:

  • Minimum: 44.1 kHz, Maximum: 192 kHz

Minimum Requirements:

  • Operating systems: Mac OS X 10.8 or later; Windows 7 or later
  • An internet connection is required at the time of activation
  •  A FREE account at ilok.com is required (a physical USB iLok is not required)

Officially Supported Host Applications

All version 5 Soundtoys products come with 64-bit VST, AU and AAX Native plug-in formats. Here is a list of all of the DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) that we currently support:

  • Pro Tools 10.3.5 – 2018 (Mac & PC: AAX Native and AudioSuite)
  • Logic Pro 9 & X (​Mac: AudioUnits)
  • Ableton Live 9.2.2 – 10.1 (Mac: AudioUnits & VST; Windows: VST)
  • Digital Performer 8 – 10 (​Mac: AudioUnits & VST; Windows: VST)
  • Studio One 4.5 (Mac: AudioUnits & VST; Windows: VST)
  • Cubase 7 – 10  (Mac & PC: VST)
  • ​Nuendo 6 – 10 (​Mac & PC: VST)

Important Notes: 

  • You need to have a FREE account at ilok.com to be able to register and use purchased versions of any Soundtoys software.
  • This software is 64-bit only and is not compatible on 32-bit systems.

4. Sonnox Inflator V3

by Sonnox

Sonnox Inflator V3

Inflator

The Inflator is a unique process that can provide an increase in the apparent loudness of almost any programme, without obvious loss of quality or audible reduction of dynamic range, yet avoiding damaging increases in the peak level of the signal. The inflator process can also bring power, presence and warmth to programme material and even provide headroom overload margin above digital maximum with a subtlety and musical character reminiscent of tube systems.

Use the Inflator to produce louder mixes than you thought possible without overloads or compression pumping, or use it to add natural warmth and character to acoustic or jazz mixes.

Features

  • Fully 64-bit compliant
  • Adds presence and tube-like warmth
  • Increases perceived loudness of any material
  • Provides virtual headroom above digital maximum
  • Direct and band-split modes

System Requirements

Pro Tools

  • Pro Tools 10.3.8, 11.3.2, 12 – AAX Native
  • Pro Tools 7, 8, 9, 10 – RTAS
  • Approved Pro Tools CPU, OS and hardware configuration: www.avid.com 
  • Legacy support for OS X 10.4.11 – 10.6.8  & Windows XP: RTAS
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers OR active internet connection required
  • iLok2 / iLok3 OR active internet connection required for AAX plug-ins

Audio Units

  • Audio Units-compatible application (Logic, Digital Performer et.)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 – 10.11
  • Legacy 32-bit support for OS X 10.4.11 – 10.6.8
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers OR active internet connection required
  • iLok2 / iLok3 OR active internet connection required for 64-bit plug-ins

VST2

  • VST2-compatible application (Cubase, Nuendo, Sequoia etc)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 – 10.11
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Legacy 32-bit support for OS X 10.4.11 – 10.6.8 & Windows XP
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers OR active internet connection required
  • iLok2 / iLok3 OR active internet connection required for 64-bit plug-ins

Supported Hosts

Mac:

  • Pro Tools 10.3.8 – 12 (AAX Native)
  • Pro Tools 7 – 10 (RTAS)
  • Logic Pro X 10.2
  • Logic 8 & 9
  • Digital Performer
  • Nuendo
  • Cubase
  • Ableton
  • Studio 1

Windows:

  • Pro Tools 10.3.8 – 12 (AAX Native )
  • Pro Tools 7 – 10 (RTAS)
  • Nuendo
  • Cubase
  • Ableton
  • Samplitude
  • Sequoia
  • Pyramix
  • Studio 1

Please Note: This product now supports iLok Cloud Authorisation. An iLok USB Dongle OR an active internet connection is required in order to activate and use this product.​


5. Big Clipper

by Boz Digital Labs

Big Clipper

Boz Digital Clipper Series

Big Clipper is what you get when you take a clipper and inject it with growth hormones, and then add a little extra MSG on top.

Clipping is a great way to transparently control the peaks of your tracks. When done subtly, clipping will make compressors and reverb sound more natural down the line, and give your mix an overall cohesive feel. But clippers have one glaring issue: They really fall apart when you push them too hard. There seems to be a very thin line between adding cohesion and breaking apart into a distorted mess. That’s where Big Clipper comes in. Big Clipper gives you the controls to be able to push it hard without breaking apart. Whether you need subtle clipping or heavy overdrive, Big Clipper handles it with ease.

Is it a Clipper or a Limiter?

It’s both! And you get to control how to combine them together.

Big Clipper lets you blend the limiter and the clipper in 4 different ways (2 crossover modes, Blend Mode, and Serial Mode) giving you quick access to all sorts of clipping flavours.

Frequency Sensitivity

This is an incredibly powerful set of controls. It looks like an EQ, but instead of being a simple EQ, it adjusts the sensitivity the clipper has to the different frequencies. So if you want to distort the low end less, just turn down the sensitivity on the low end.

Features

  • Hybrid Clipper/Limiter
  • 4 Blending modes
  • Frequency sensitivity control

System Requirements

Mac

Formats:

  • AAX
  • AU (Audio Units)
  • RTAS
  • VST
  • VST3

Windows

Formats:

  • AAX
  • RTAS
  • VST
  • VST3

6. Devil-Loc Deluxe

by Soundtoys

Devil-Loc Deluxe

Audio Level Destroyer

A crushing, pounding, aggressive compressor for massive drums. Our spin on an old classic.

To take things beyond the hardware that inspired it and give you even more creative flexibility, we’ve created a deluxe version of the Devil-Loc plug-in, Devil-Loc Deluxe. The Deluxe version adds a “Darkness” control for tone, switchable slow or fast release times and a mix knob so you can mix your dry signal back in right on the front panel.

The addition of these controls opens up the sonic palette immensely. Dark thundering drums, to driven lo-fi loops, and more, and the mix control saves all that tedious routing and lets you automate mix to keep the Devil from taking over the soul of your tracks. This time, evil is good.

A Bit of History

The original Shure Level-Loc from the 1960s was a brick wall limiter designed to be used in public address systems. Its extreme compression and gritty sound eventually became a secret weapon of some well-known and very creative engineers and producers.

It’s an extreme effect and can create huge sounds with drums and room mics, and in small amounts can add sizzle to things like vocals or acoustic guitar.

The controls were very simple, with only a switch for three “distance” settings based on how far from the mic you were. The M62V upped the control a bit by adding an input level knob.

The reason it became famous was largely thanks to Soundtoys user Tchad Blake and his desire to push, abuse, and do deliciously evil things to his tracks. He discovered that the Level-Loc was gritty, dirty, and unusual. The kind of compression that made drums gigantic and nasty – which is a good thing.

Devil-Loc Deluxe also includes Devil-Loc. It may be little with just two knobs but it is one seriously big sound.

Features

  • Extreme compression effect creates huge drum sounds like nothing else
  • Mix knob allows you to dial in just the right amount of grit and ambience
  • Darkness control lets you shape the tone and roll off crunchy highs for a warmer sound
  • Selectable fast and slow release times for added variety and control

System Requirements

Plug-in Formats (64-bit only):

  • AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite, VST, and Audio Units (AU)

Supported Sample Rates:

  • Minimum: 44.1 kHz, Maximum: 192 kHz

Minimum Requirements:

  • Operating systems: Mac OS X 10.8 or later; Windows 7 or later
  • An internet connection is required at the time of activation
  •  A FREE account at ilok.com is required (a physical USB iLok is not required)

Officially Supported Host Applications

All version 5 Soundtoys products come with 64-bit VST, AU and AAX Native plug-in formats. Here is a list of all of the DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) that we currently support:

  • Pro Tools 10.3.5 – 2018 (Mac & PC: AAX Native and AudioSuite)
  • Logic Pro 9 & X (​Mac: AudioUnits)
  • Ableton Live 9.2.2 – 10.1 (Mac: AudioUnits & VST; Windows: VST)
  • Digital Performer 8 – 10 (​Mac: AudioUnits & VST; Windows: VST)
  • Studio One 4.5 (Mac: AudioUnits & VST; Windows: VST)
  • Cubase 7 – 10  (Mac & PC: VST)
  • ​Nuendo 6 – 10 (​Mac & PC: VST)

Important Notes: 

  • You need to have a FREE account at ilok.com to be able to register and use purchased versions of any Soundtoys software.
  • This software is 64-bit only and is not compatible on 32-bit systems.

7. FabFilter Pro-L 2

by FabFilter

FabFilter Pro-L 2

Your music has so much to gain.

Loud and clear

A true peak limiter is an essential tool for every mastering or mixing engineer. Are you looking for a professional, feature-packed limiter that is loud and transparent at the same time, equipped with extensive loudness metering? Then FabFilter Pro-L 2 is your weapon of choice!

Top-class metering

FabFilter Pro-L 2 features precise true peak level meters and extensive loudness metering with support for the EBU R128, ITU-R BS.1770-4 and ATSC A/85 standards. Combined with its unique real-time level display, you have all the information you need to achieve the best possible results.

Professional feature set

With highly advanced algorithms, linear-phase oversampling, professional dithering and noise shaping and surround support (up to Dolby Atmos 7.1.2) and intelligent channel linking, FabFilter Pro-L 2 is the complete solution for every mixing and mastering job.

FabFilter goodies

Of course, you also get all the usual FabFilter goodies: perfectly tuned knobs, MIDI Learn, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, an excellent help file with interactive help hints, SSE optimization, GPU-powered graphics acceleration and much more.

Key Features

  • Great transparent sound combined with maximum loudness
  • IMPROVED – Eight different limiting algorithms, all with their own character and purpose
  • NEW – True-peak limiting
  • IMPROVED – Unique real-time level display with peak gain reduction labels and new innovative display modes
  • IMPROVED – Up to 32x linear-phase oversampling
  • IMPROVED – Highly accurate output and gain reduction metering including true peak metering
  • NEW – Extensive loudness metering with support for the EBU R128, ITU-R BS.1770-4 and ATSC A/85 standards
  • NEW – Surround support including Dolby Atmos 7.0.2 and 7.1.2 formats with flexible surround channel linking
  • NEW – Optional DC offset filter
  • NEW – External side chain triggering for stem mastering
  • NEW – Unity Gain option to easily listen to the effect of the current limiting at unity gain level
  • NEW – Audition Limiting option to listen to the difference between the input and output signal
  • Adjustable meter scale, including K-System support
  • Low CPU usage
  • Separate channel linking for both the transient and release stages
  • Advanced dithering with three different noise shaping algorithms
  • GPU-powered graphics acceleration
  • Double-click text entry of parameter values
  • Adapts to stereo, mono and surround audio formats
  • Adjustable look-ahead, attack and release settings
  • Optional Compact interface layout
  • Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces
  • MIDI Learn
  • Undo/redo and A/B comparison
  • Smart Parameter Interpolation
  • Extensive help file with interactive help hints
  • Available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit), as well as RTAS (32-bit only)

System Requirements

Windows

  • 64-bit: Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista
  • 32-bit: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP
  • VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools

Mac OS X

  • OS X 10.6 or higher
  • AU or VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools
  • Intel processor

Plug-in formats

All FabFilter plug-ins are available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit), as well as RTAS (32-bit only).


8. Oxford Limiter V3

by Sonnox

Oxford Limiter V3

Having crafted and refined your mix, join the growing number of professionals who’ve chosen the new Oxford Limiter V3 to deliver maximum loudness, density and presence – whilst retaining the kind of clarity and transient detail that conventional brick-wall limiting can’t.

The Plug-In is a true peak limiter that offers recently enhanced levels of processing and metering accuracy. The result is that you get to see and automatically correct otherwise invisible reconstruction overloads – and conform to the accepted industry ITU-R BS.1770-4 standard.

Whether you’re after the Oxford Limiter’s hallmark transparency or heavier creative effects, its advanced look-ahead processing and unique Enhance function provide the sample-value limiting and musical boost needed to reliably avoid clipping and confidently increase apparent loudness.

Features:

  • Peak limiting with attack, release & variable soft-knee
  • Enhance section to increase perceived loudness 
  • Recon meter shows actual rather than sampled signal 
  • Auto Comp fixes recon errors without losing overall loudness: conforming to the industry’s true peak measurement standard (ITU-R BS.1770-4)
  • Audition and apply TPDF dither for 24-bit and 16-bit output word lengths with four types of variable noise shaping
  • Four variable-strength noise shaping modes for use with highly dynamic program material
  • Full backwards compatibility with previous Plug-In versions
  • Great library of factory presets to get you started

Compatibility:

  • AAX Native
  • Audio Units (AU)
  • VST

System Requirements

Pro Tools

  • Pro Tools 10.3.8, 11.3.2, 12 – AAX Native
  • Approved Pro Tools CPU, OS and hardware configuration
  • Legacy support for OS X 10.4.11 – 10.6.8 & Windows XP: TDM/RTAS
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers OR active internet connection required
  • iLok2 / iLok3 OR active internet connection required for AAX plug-ins

Audio Units

  • Audio Units-compatible application (Logic, Digital Performer etc.)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 – 10.12
  • (El Capitan supported where confirmed by host DAW manufacturer)
  • Legacy 32-bit support for OS X 10.4.11 – 10.6.8
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers OR active internet connection required
  • iLok2 / iLok3 OR active internet connection required for 64-bit plug-ins

VST2 / VST3

  • VST2 or VST3 compatible application (Cubase, Nuendo, Sequoia etc.)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 – 10.12
  • (El Capitan supported where confirmed by host DAW manufacturer)
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Legacy 32-bit support for OS X 10.4.11 – 10.6.8 & Windows XP
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers OR active internet connection required
  • iLok2 / iLok3 OR active internet connection required for 64-bit plug-ins

Supported Hosts:

Mac:

  • Pro Tools 10.3.8 – 12 (AAX Native)
  • Logic Pro X 10.2
  • Logic 8 & 9
  • Digital Performer
  • Nuendo
  • Cubase
  • Ableton
  • Studio 1

PC:

  • Pro Tools 10.3.8 – 12 (AAX Native)
  • Nuendo
  • Cubase
  • Ableton
  • Samplitude
  • Sequoia
  • Pyramix
  • Studio 1

Bundles

The Oxford Limiter is also available in the following money-saving bundles:

Please Note: This product now supports iLok Cloud Authorisation. An iLok USB Dongle OR an active internet connection is required in order to activate and use this product.​


9. Brickwall Limiter

by denise

Brickwall Limiter

Limit acoustic guitar, vocals and synth bass with zero attack to give them a strong presence in the mix. The fade dial gives you adjustable control over anticipated peaks with a brickwall punch.

Features

  • Complex engineering available in just three dials and three buttons, allowing you to focus on your creativity and workflow. 
  • The unique ‘fade’ dial gives you complete control over the lookahead curve, allowing you to limit tracks heavily without distortion.
  • A perfect Brickwall Limiter for using on individual tracks and busses. 

We designed the Brickwall Limiter with fifteen years of music production in mind. We asked ourselves, what dials and features did we want when mixing a track? The answer came to us easily: something with the same complexity and richness as some of the most well-known limiters out there, but with the simplicity and ease-of-use that a production workflow demands.

Use Cases

“You are mixing delicate material like vocals or acoustic guitars, but you can’t seem to control your track’s sibilance and transient details.” When compressing or limiting delicate material like vocals and acoustic guitars, artefacts like distortion and breathing-and-pumping can be very obvious. The Denise Brickwall Limiter minimises these artefacts by fading in the required gain reduction, ensuring smooth results while still catching all the peaks, as well as using your track’s crest-factor to adapt its release time to, producing very natural sounding results.

“You are limiting a track, buss-group of a full mix, but the low end distorts before achieving the intended control or loudness.” Because the low end is usually the loudest section of the frequency spectrum, its also the first section that hits a plugin’s threshold and starts distorting when using a brick wall limiter with zero attack. This is especially true when using short release times as well for the purpose of optimising loudness. Because of its ‘fade’ feature, the Denise Brickwall Limiter lets you limit low heavy tracks at zero attack with minimal distortion. In addition, its crest-factor based adaptive release makes sure the release time is set to the shortest duration possible, without introducing degradation.

“You are trying to control the dynamics of a track with a lot of sustain, like a synth pad or strings, but your track keeps distorting.” Tracks with a lot of sustain can easily distort when using the short attack times needed to control them. The Denise Brickwall Limiter features a ‘fade’ function that lets you anticipate the peaks in your track while keeping an attack to zero to catch all peaks. Subtly fading in the limiters gain reduction in advance this way, will soften the limiting effect and minimise distortion artefacts.

System Requirements

  • OSX: VST, VST3, AU
  • Windows: VST, VST3

10. Maximal 2

by Venomode

Maximal 2

Maximal 2 is an advanced loudness maximiser that allows you to get the most out of your sound.

Features

Advanced Detection

Maximal 2 features an advanced lookahead detection algorithm. Instead of just delaying the signal like some of the others do, it uses a special algorithm to react to the incoming audio naturally before it happens.

The intelligent release uses a multi-stage envelope for smoothly controlling the limiting. This, along with the advanced lookahead, helps you escape the dreaded ‘pumping’ you can get with other limiters.

Juicy Analogue Warmth

Not only can you get crystal-clear limiting using Maximal 2, but there are some goodies for injecting some warmth into your track – The ‘Tape’ mode adds some warm saturation, modelled on the old tape-machines of the past, without the unwanted artefacts such as drift, wow or flutter.

The ‘Tube’ mode is slightly more boisterous, adding a bit of grit, while the ‘Loud’ mode takes the transparent limiter and adds in a variable state soft-clipper before the limiter, letting you squeeze a few extra dB out, while still keeping the sound clean.

8x Oversampling

To help limit aliasing, and stop inter-sample peaks, Maximal 2 offers up to 8x oversampling. The oversampling algorithm cleanly upsamples the signal before applying the limiting, before cleanly bringing the sample rate back to the original.

In Detail

Maximal is a loudness maximiser, featuring an advanced lookahead peak limiter and analogue modelled saturation. The multi-stage limiter section features next-level lookahead, automatic makeup gain, and adaptive and responsive release. This plugin will smoothly limit any peaks in the audio, and automatically increase the overall level. The analogue modelled tape and tube saturation modes encompass all the best parts of the analogue world, without all the bad parts – such as high-frequency roll-off, hiss, wow and flutter.

Using adaptive release technology, you can simply tell Maximal 2 whether you want the limiter to be fast and loud, or slow and transparent, and it will do what’s needed inside. You can use Maximal 2 to catch rampant peaks in an audio recording, or you can use it to make your track phat and loud – it’s up to you how you push it.

System Requirements

Maximal 2 should work in any DAW that can run VST or AU plugins, on any dual core system with at least 1GB of RAM.

Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
  • 32 / 64-bit VST Compatible DAW
  • 1GB RAM
  • Dual Core Processor
  • 1024×768 Screen Resolution

Mac OSX

  • OSX 10.7+
  • 64-bit VST / AU Compatible DAW
  • 1GB RAM
  • Dual Core Processor
  • 1024×768 Screen Resolution

11. 4040 Retro Limiter Native

by McDSP

4040 Retro Limiter Native

Note: This product is the Native version. You can purchase the HD version HERE.

The 4040 Retro Limiter combines a look-ahead brick wall limiter function with several subjective treatments to make the limiting action subtle, and yet vintage.

All Retro plug-ins use a McDSP designed output stage topology to eliminate digital clipping at any output level and produce a smoother distortion characteristic. This feature is in addition to the analog saturation modeling that has made McDSP famous over the last decade.

Retro plug-ins are a line of ‘classics’ that can live up to their own name without emulating something else.

Features

  • Unique original algorithms with transparent yet vintage sound
  • Up to 36 dB of signal gain
  • Anti-Clip Output Stage Topology
  • Analog Saturation modeling
  • Double precision processing
  • Ultra low latency
  • Mono and stereo versions

System Requirements

Mac:

  • OSX 10.8 or higher (64-bit only)

Windows:

  • Windows 7 (32/64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX Native
  • AU
  • VST

Platform Requirements:

  • AAX versions require Pro Tools 10.3.8 or higher, or Pro Tools 11.1.3 or higher
  • S6L versions require VENUE OS 5.2 or higher
  • AU versions recommended for Logic X, or higher
  • VST versions recommended for Cubase 7.x, 8.X, or higher, and Nuendo 6.5 or higher

Activation:

Please note: This product can be activated using iLok Cloud OR an iLok USB Dongle.


12. Voxengo Elephant

by Voxengo

Voxengo Elephant

…makes your mixes loud and proud adding a brilliant finishing touch

Voxengo Elephant is a mastering limiter AAX, AudioUnit and VST plugin for professional sound and music production applications. The most remarkable feature of this signal limiter is its sonic transparency. Elephant brings sound limiting and loudness maximization without audible “fuzz” and “pumping” sonic artefacts.

Elephant is a highly competitive plugin for mastering applications: it features a variety of limiter modes that can be deeply customized, and a comprehensive set of level metering tools, including headroom estimation, EBU R128 and K-system metering.  Elephant’s built-in linear-phase oversampling is an important element in achieving high-quality peak limiting and loudness maximization without inter-sample overshoots.

Elephant limiter can be used for mixing and mastering of both stereo and multi-channel music and sound material, at any standard sample rate. Limiting process can be visualized both as gain reduction meter and real-time graph.

Elephant, also featuring a DC offset filter, and a high-quality bit-depth converter with an optional noise-shaping, allows you to finish your music and audio productions with a spark!

Applications

  • Mastering peak limiter
  • Loudness maximizer
  • Stereo, 5.1 surround mastering limiter
  • Bit-depth converter with noise-shaping
  • DC offset removal filter
  • Drum bus compressor
  • EBU R128, K-system level meter

Features

  • Transparent signal limiting action
  • 12 predefined limiter modes
  • Limiter mode editor
  • Optional release stage
  • Noise-shaped bit-depth converter
  • RMS, true peak clipping statistics
  • EBU R128 LUFS/LU metering
  • DC offset removal filter
  • Waveform graph view
  • Stereo and multi-channel processing
  • Internal channel routing
  • Channel grouping
  • Up to 8x linear-phase oversampling
  • 64-bit floating-point processing
  • Preset manager
  • Undo/redo history
  • A/B comparisons
  • Contextual hint messages
  • All sample rates support
  • 24 ms compensated processing latency
  • User interface colour schemes
  • Resizable user interface
  • Retina and High DPI support

System Requirements

  • This audio plugin can be loaded into any audio host application that conforms to the AudioUnit or VST plugin specification.  Plugins with AAX version available can be loaded in ProTools 12+.
  • This plugin is compatible with Windows (32- and 64-bit Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 and later versions) and macOS (10.7 and later versions, 64-bit Intel processor-based) computers (2.5 GHz dual-core or faster processor with at least 4 GB of system RAM, SSE4.2 instructions support required, e.g. any Intel Core i-, AMD Bulldozer- or Zen-based processor).  A separate binary distribution file is available for each target computer platform and audio plugin specification.  If supported on a specific processor, the plugin may internally utilize AVX2-optimized code.

Compatible Windows and macOS plugin software:

  • Compatible Windows and macOS plugin software: Cubase, Logic Pro, ProTools, Ableton Live, Reaper, Presonus Studio One, FL Studio, Cakewalk, Nuendo, WaveLab, GarageBand, Vegas, SoundForge, Audition, Samplitude, Digital Performer, Mixcraft, Bitwig Studio, Edius, others.

Please note: If you cannot get the plugin to work on macOS High Sierra/Mojave, you have to log out from the system and login again – it’s a known issue not caused by plugin’s own bug.


13. ML8000 Native

by McDSP

ML8000 Native

Please Note: This product is the Native version. You can purchase the HD version HERE.

The ML8000 Advanced Limiter is the next generation of limiter technology, using two completely separate stages of processing for significantly improved peak level adjustment.

The first stage of the ML8000, the Multi-band Limiter, uses 8 bands of active processing for superior phase response over traditional cross-over based processing. Each band has its own gain and threshold (output ceiling) control. Additional overall band controls include release time and limiter modes, calibrated similarly to the modes of the original highly acclaimed McDSP ML4000 limiter. An additional focus mode provides subtle articulation changes in how each band tracks and limits the incoming signal.

The second stage of the ML8000, the Master Limiter, is a precise recreation of the patented ML4000 limiter algorithm, right down to the limiter modes. The Master Limiter also includes filter design enhancements to further reduce peak distortion.

The ML8000 8-bands of processing are easily controlled from the response plot, large gain faders beneath, and convenient threshold markers aligned to each band’s input meter. Text readouts can be adjusted from the keyboard, or controlled with mouse movement. Any number of bands can be linked to another band, and each band can be solo’ed or have its key input monitored.

Visual feedback, multiple metering sources, and an intuitive user interface make the ML8000 an easy choice for the audio professional.

Features

  • Brick wall look-ahead limiter
  • Multi-stage and multi-band peak detection and limiting
  • Unique limiter Knee, Mode, and Focus controls
  • Snap function instantly sets multi-band thresholds to signal levels
  • Double precision processing
  • Low latency
  • Mono and stereo versions

System Requirements

Mac:

  • OSX 10.8 or higher (64-bit only)

Windows:

  • Windows 7 or higher (32/64-bit)

Formats:

  • AAX Native
  • AU
  • VST

Platform Requirements:

  • AAX versions require Pro Tools 10.3.8 or higher, or Pro Tools 11.1.3 or higher
  • S6L versions require VENUE OS 5.2 or higher
  • AU versions recommended for Logic X, or higher
  • VST versions recommended for Cubase 7.x, 8.X, or higher, and Nuendo 6.5 or higher

Activation:

Please note: This product can be activated using iLok Cloud OR an iLok USB Dongle.


14. Maximus

by Image Line

Maximus

Maximus will deliver transparent peak limiting and volume maximization without coloration of the processed sound. However, Maximus is much more than a pristine quality Mastering Maximizer, it’s also a Compressor, Limiter, Noise Gate, Expander, Ducker and De-esser. Maximus excels equally well as a final mastering plugin or as a per-track effect. Lock and load.

Heavy Weaponry for the Loudness War…..

Maximus will quickly become one of the most rewarding tools in your recording and mixing arsenal. Maximus applies level maximization via compression and/or limiting across three frequency bands, to enhance and improve the final track.

Used sparingly, Maximus raises the volume of the track without introducing unwanted distortion and ensures that the quieter parts, often lost in the mix, are more easily heard.

More Presence….

Maximus offers 4 user definable compression curves and complete visual analysis of the sound as it is processed. Bass can be increased and higher frequencies sharpened. Selected elements of a mix, instruments or vocals for example, or complete tracks are given a professionally mastered ‘presence’.

Features

  • 3 independent user-definable Low Mid High (LMH) frequency bands.
  • Custom look-ahead for the LMH bands and Master compression envelopes.
  • 4 compressors/limiter: One per LMH band plus a Master wide band compressor/limiter.
  • Each compressor has an infinitely variable, multipoint compression curve.
  • Create any shaped knee or special effects (limiting, compression, gating or expansion)
  • Fully configurable. Any of the LMH or Master compressors can be bypassed to configure Maximus to suit any compression task.
  • Two saturation types per LMH & Master bands, with independent gain.
  • Mixing between the frequency dependent compressors and the master, perfect for parallel & NY-style compression.
  • 4 Independent stereo separation control per band.

System Requirements

  • Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 – (32 & 64 Bit)
  • 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512 Mb RAM
  • 130 Mb disc space
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard

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15. Blue Cat’s Protector

by Cat Audio

Blue Cat's Protector

Blue Cat’s Protector is a 0 dB stereo brickwall limiter with adjustable dynamics response. It will typically find its place on the master bus of your DAW to protect your audio output from overshoot, limit the general volume and improve the perceived loudness, thanks to a very transparent frequency response. Despite its very simple set of controls, it offers a wide range of sounds and it is also suitable as a track limiter for more creative effects such as distortion, pumping or heavy limiting.

Its large colorful meters and its custom dynamics histogram provide premium visual feedback and make it the perfect tool to monitor and control the dynamics on your master buss. You can also check in real time the loudness boost obtained with the limiter. Beyond its powerful dynamics processing features, and like most of our plug-ins, Blue Cat’s Protector also offers a powerful side chain capability thanks to its MIDI CC output. This unique technique not only lets you do side chain limiting but also parameters modulation: control any parameter of any plugin to create powerful side chain effects in real time. If you are looking for a complete dynamics processing solution, you might be interested in Blue Cat’s Dynamics plugin.

Features

  • 0 dB brickwall peak limiter and waveshaper.
  • Continuous control of the dynamics response from transparent limiting to colorful distortion.
  • Stereo link control.
  • DC Filter to get rid of DC offset.
  • Large zoomable peak and RMS audio levels and gain reduction meters for optimal monitoring.
  • Loudness boost monitoring.
  • Fully configurable dynamics response histogram.
  • Side chaining capability: a unique way to perform side chain compression and much more.
  • No latency.

Blue Cat Audio Standards

  • Available as: Mac-AAX, Mac-AU, Mac-RTAS, Mac-VST, Win-DX, Win-RTAS, Win-VST, Win x64-DX, Win x64-VST.
  • Native DSP code for optimal performance.
  • Full MIDI control and automation support with silent, zipper-free parameters update, advanced response control and MIDI Learn.
  • No CPU load on idle: when the plug-in is fed with silence, the processing smoothly shuts down, to optimize the CPU usage of your Digital Audio Workstation.
  • Skinnable and customizable user interface with transparency management.
  • Automation and MIDI output: record output parameters as automation curves or send MIDI CC messages to other plug-ins for powerful side chain effects.
  • Smooth Bypass: activate/deactivate the plug-in with absolutely no noise.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Import/Export presets in a host independent format.
  • Any sample rate supported.
  • Full featured integrated presets manager.

Supported Platforms

  • Mac-AAX
  • Mac-AU
  • Mac-RTAS
  • Mac-VST
  • Win-DX
  • Win-RTAS
  • Win-VST
  • Win x64-DX
  • Win x64-VST

16. MLimiterX

by MeldaProduction

MLimiterX

TOP-CLASS SOUND WITH AN EASY-TO-USE INTERFACE

4 simple knobs give you all the power to make your recordings loud without the ugly artifacts most limiters cause. Choose the character you like and just use the drive knob. Advanced visualization will tell you immediately how loud the results are. If you need to dive deeper, just click the edit button.

SUPERB SATURATION ALGORITHMS

MLimiterX features our magnificent saturation system, which can give pleasant analog character to your music and even make it louder!

ADVANCED FEATURE SET

If ease of use is not the aim for you or you want to get a little more creative, you will enjoy the more advanced features of MDynamicLimiter – psycho-acoustic prefiltering, custom attack and release shapes, spectral smoothing plus much more.

Features

  • The most advanced user interface on the market – stylable, resizable, GPU accelerated
  • Dual user interface, easy screen for beginners, edit screen for professionals
  • Unique visualisation engine with classic meters and time graphs
  • 4 multiparameters
  • M/S, single channel, up to 8 channels surround processing…
  • Automatic gain compensation (AGC)
  • Safety limiter
  • Adjustable up-sampling 1x-16x
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn
  • Very fast, optimized for SSE/SSE2/SSE3 processors
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange
  • Supports VST, VST3, AU and AAX interfaces on Windows & Mac, both 32-bit and 64-bit
  • No dongle nor internet access is required for activation
  • Free-for-life updates

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can’t work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X (10.7 and newer, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.


17. Inflator – HD/HDX

by Sonnox

Inflator - HD/HDX

Inflator

The Inflator is a unique process that can provide an increase in the apparent loudness of almost any programme, without obvious loss of quality or audible reduction of dynamic range, yet avoiding damaging increases in the peak level of the signal. The inflator process can also bring power, presence and warmth to programme material and even provide headroom overload margin above digital maximum with a subtlety and musical character reminiscent of tube systems.

Use the Inflator to produce louder mixes than you thought possible without overloads or compression pumping, or use it to add natural warmth and character to acoustic or jazz mixes.

Features

  • Fully 64-bit compliant
  • Adds presence and tube-like warmth
  • Increases perceived loudness of any material
  • Provides virtual headroom above digital maximum
  • Direct and band-split modes

System Requirements

Pro Tools

  • Pro Tools 7, 8, 9 & 10, 11
  • Approved Pro Tools CPU, OS and hardware configuration
  • Mac OSX 10.4 or later 1
  • Pro-Codec and Codec Toolbox compatible with Intel Mac only
  • Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
  • RAM 1GB minimum
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers OR active internet connection required
  • iLok2 / iLok3 OR active internet connection required for AAX plug-ins

Audio Units

  • Audio Units compatible application (Logic, Digital Performer etc)
  • Mac OSX 10.4 or later 1
  • Pro-Codec and Codec Toolbox compatible with Intel Mac only
  • RAM 1GB minimum
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers OR active internet connection required
  • iLok2 / iLok3 OR active internet connection required for 64-bit plug-ins

VST

  • VST compatible application (Cubase, Nuendo, Wavelab, Sequoia etc)
  • Mac OSX 10.4 or later 1
  • Pro-Codec and Codec Toolbox compatible with Intel Mac only
  • Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
  • RAM 1GB minimum
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers OR active internet connection required
  • iLok2 / iLok3 OR active internet connection required for 64-bit plug-ins

Supported Hosts

Loopcloud Music App from Loopmasters.com

Mac:

  • Pro Tools 10.3.8 – 12 (AAX Native)
  • Pro Tools 7 – 10 (RTAS)
  • Logic Pro X 10.2
  • Logic 8 & 9
  • Digital Performer
  • Nuendo
  • Cubase
  • Ableton
  • Studio 1

Windows:

  • Pro Tools 10.3.8 – 12 (AAX Native)
  • Pro Tools 7 – 10 (RTAS)
  • Nuendo
  • Cubase
  • Ableton
  • Samplitude
  • Sequoia
  • Pyramix
  • Studio 1

Please Note: This product now supports iLok Cloud Authorisation. An iLok USB Dongle OR an active internet connection is required in order to activate and use this product.​


18. ISL 2

by NUGEN Audio

ISL 2

World class, broadcast quality limiting is an essential requirement for any audio production, and the latest standards also demand true-peak compliance. ISL delivers both, giving you superb sound with complete confidence about meeting the standards.

No need to second guess your sample-peak limiter time and again, or deliberately increase headroom to avoid a downstream problem. Just dial in your true-peak limit and let ISL take care of the rest.

Pristine Quality True-Peak Limiting

ISL is a transparent look-ahead limiter designed to allow you to get on with creative audio production while it takes care of true-peak compliance for you.

ISL uses the standardised true-peak algorithms of ITU-R B.S. 1770 and related standards\(including Apple ‘Mastered for iTunes’ true-peak detection), and is suitable for the control of audio for Post Production and Broadcast applications. True-peak limiting can also be used to ensure that down-stream Codecs (mp3, AAC etc.) do not introduce distortion into the signal.

Powerful Processing and Visualisations

With unique Steering and Ducking meters, ISL2 guides you to the perfect settings. Whether you are preserving directional integrity, atmospheric ambience or taming a surround centre channel, ISL2 gives you the information and control you need to achieve your objective with ease. New processing enhancements assess the incoming audio for frequency content and automatically take care of those minor adjustments required when LF content drives the limiter, delivering increased transparency whilst maintaining our renowned reputation of intuitive operation.
 

Applications

  • Post Production & Broadcast audio
  • Audio Mastering
  • Loudness compliance
  • ‘Mastered for iTunes’ intersample clip monitoring
  • Protection for downstream compression
  • Preserving quality for streaming/podcast
  • Inter-sample clip management

Transparent True Peak Limiting

  • Adjust adjustable look ahead
  • Two stage, non-linear adaptive algorithm
  • Adjustable channel linking
  • Includes iTunes True Peak option

Standard Compliant

  • Compatible with ITU-R BS. 1770
  • True brick-wall limited output
  • Mono through 7.1 surround compatible

Clear, Intuitive Operation

  • Intelligent adaptive algorithm
  • Clear metering
  • Multiple diagnostic listen modes

Reliable Metering

  • Accurate, standard compliant I/O metering
  • Precise direct numeric maxima
  • Adjustable ballistics and colour splits

System Requirements

Available Formats

  • AAX, VST, VST3, AU and AudioSuite in both 64-bit and 32-bit versions. RTAS is also available as 32-bit only.
  • AAX DSP version supports 7.1 audio up to 48Khz and 4 channels at 96kHz.

Mac

  • OSX 10.6.x, 512 MB RAM

Windows

  • XP or above, 512 MB RAM

19. Chandler Limited® Zener Limiter

by Softube

Chandler Limited® Zener Limiter

A British classic, reincarnated.

Descended from the iconic limiters of Abbey Road Studios, the Chandler Limited® Zener Limiter is a legend in its own right. With the vibe of the vintage hardware used to capture Pink Floyd and The Beatles running through its veins, the Zener Limiter is a rock and roll blueblood—with an appealingly modern streak.

In collaboration with Chandler Limited®, Softube proudly continue the legacy with the Zener Limiter plug-in. A true emulation of its forebearer, christened by Chandler Limited’s Wade Goeke himself, the Zener Limiter plug-in is a versatile, state-of-the-art limiter and compressor that stays true to its illustrious sonic roots.

Legendary Lineage

Blessed by Chandler Limited® founder, Wade Goeke, the Zener Limiter plug-in embodies the heritage of the limiters that recorded Pink Floyd and The Beatles. That’s why Softube made sure that their apple fell close to the tree.

Golden Child

Add understated, vintage vibes to a track or thoroughly transform the tone, character, and transient behaviour of a drum bus or room mic channels. The Zener Limiter plug-in is the most versatile member of your studio family.

Breaking the Mold

Input stage with variable impedance, THD mode, the different comp modes, the rare form of the attack and release—the exclusive features of the Zener Limiter plug-in make it a compressor without a twin.

Inherited Wealth

The Chandler Limited® Zener Limiter is a rare breed. The construction and functionality are unique compared to other popular compressors. Like the legendary Abbey Road limiters, the Zener Limiter’s circuit employs zener diodes, which are notoriously challenging to employ. Softube expertly emulated the Zener Limiter’s entire circuit—including transformers, circuit nonlinearities, and germanium transistors. A painstaking, yet thoroughly satisfying endeavour, because this speedy, colourful limiter has personality to spare.

Dominant Traits

The input stage with variable impedance, the THD mode and the uncommon way it distorts when pushing the level. The Zener Limiter plug-in is truly one-of-a-kind. With the Input Gain toggle, you can drive the signal for more or less distortion, while the Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) toggle disengages the limiter’s threshold. The effect is a smooth, pleasing distortion that features a high-frequency bump caused by the discrete amplifiers and zener diode limiting circuit. This plug-in simply has no peer.

Compression Reborn

When it comes to tailoring the overall tone of the Zener Limiter, the Comp 1/Comp 2/Limit switch couldn’t be more critical. Both Comp 1 and Limit were originally designed to emulate the compressors of Abbey Road Studios, while Comp 2 gives a more modern response. While the Comp 1 is a 2:1 ratio with slower time constants and the Limit is super quick, Comp 2 places the limiter in the middle, giving you the compression curve of Comp 1 with the faster release of Limit.

The Second Coming

The Softube + Chandler Limited® Zener Limiter is truly its father’s son. But, like every good son, the plug-in strives to accomplish just that much more. The Zener Limiter plug-in has features you won’t find on dear old dad, like Mid/Side processing, External Sidechain, and Link Channels. Link the left and right channels in stereo mode, and the Mid and Side in Mid/Side Mode or use the External Sidechain to total change the behaviour of the compressor and its parameters by including an external sound source as a sidechain. The special attributes of the Zener Limited plug-in give you unprecedented control.

Features

  • Expertly emulated and fully-endorsed by the creator of the original hardware, Wade Goeke
  • The vintage vibe of the equipment used to record The Beatles and Pink Floyd
  • Now available in native format
  • Superb versatility that makes it the secret weapon of high-level engineers and mixers
  • Essential switches, such as Input Gain, THD, and Comp 1/Comp 2/Limit
  • Plug-in exclusive features, such as Mid/Side Processing, External Sidechain, and Link Channels
  • Also included in Zener-Bender. Learn more
  • Console 1-ready: can be used within the Console 1 mixing ecosystem.

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.12 or newer (older OS versions may work but are not tested (64-bit only).
  • Windows 64-bit, versions 7, 8 or 10 (64-bit only).
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Screen resolution 1280×800 or larger.
  • Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.
  • 8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space).
  • A Softube account is required to register and install the software.
  • An iLok account is required for authorisation of the software.
  • Internet access for downloading installer and managing licenses.
  • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use a physical iLok dongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not a requirement).
  • In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work.
  • The most recent maintenance release of the DAW application is recommended.

However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs – and our own rigorous testing standards – we only officially test our plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, Studio One, Digital Performer, Reaper and Sonar. Softube plugins are not tested in the non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met. We cannot guarantee a solution for issues in unsupported systems.

Important note: make sure that you always use the latest iLok License Manager. It is not included in the Softube installer but can be downloaded from www.ilok.com​


20. ML8000 HD

by McDSP

ML8000 HD

Note: This product is the HD version. You can purchase the Native version HERE.

The ML8000 Advanced Limiter is the next generation of limiter technology, using two completely separate stages of processing for significantly improved peak level adjustment.

The first stage of the ML8000, the Multi-band Limiter, uses 8 bands of active processing for superior phase response over traditional cross-over based processing. Each band has its own gain and threshold (output ceiling) control. Additional overall band controls include release time and limiter modes, calibrated similarly to the modes of the original highly acclaimed McDSP ML4000 limiter. An additional focus mode provides subtle articulation changes in how each band tracks and limits the incoming signal.

The second stage of the ML8000, the Master Limiter, is a precise recreation of the patented ML4000 limiter algorithm, right down to the limiter modes. The Master Limiter also includes filter design enhancements to further reduce peak distortion.

The ML8000 8-bands of processing are easily controlled from the response plot, large gain faders beneath, and convenient threshold markers aligned to each band’s input meter. Text readouts can be adjusted from the keyboard, or controlled with mouse movement. Any number of bands can be linked to another band, and each band can be solo’ed or have its key input monitored.

Visual feedback, multiple metering sources, and an intuitive user interface make the ML8000 an easy choice for the audio professional.

Features

  • Brick wall look-ahead limiter
  • Multi-stage and multi-band peak detection and limiting
  • Unique limiter Knee, Mode, and Focus controls
  • Snap function instantly sets multi-band thresholds to signal levels
  • Double precision processing
  • Low latency
  • Mono and stereo versions

System Requirements

Mac:

  • OSX 10.8 or higher (64-bit only)

Windows:

  • Windows 7 or higher (32/64-bit)

Formats:

  • AAX Native
  • AU
  • VST

Platform Requirements:

  • AAX versions require Pro Tools 10.3.8 or higher, or Pro Tools 11.1.3 or higher
  • S6L versions require VENUE OS 5.2 or higher
  • AU versions recommended for Logic X, or higher
  • VST versions recommended for Cubase 7.x, 8.X, or higher, and Nuendo 6.5 or higher

Activation:

Please note: This product can be activated using iLok Cloud OR an iLok USB Dongle.


21.  Little Clipper

by Boz Digital Labs

Little Clipper

Boz Digital Clipper Series

The essential clipper. Little Clipper includes all the features you need from a clipper and lays it out in a way that makes it simple to dial in.

Why make a clipper when there are already so many?

Little Clipper is the lighter, smaller version of its big brother (Big Clipper). Clipping is one of the more misunderstood processes in mixing. When used correctly, it can make mixing easier. Things just fall into place better and dynamics stay under control.  As it is with all effects, however, it’s easy to overdo. Little Clipper makes it easy to dial in with clear meters that show you how much clipping is occurring, and all the essential features that let you dial in your clipping to be just the right amount.

Hard/Soft Clipping

Sometimes you need crisp hard clipping, sometimes you need smoother soft clipping. Little Clipper lets you choose easily how hard you want your clipping to be.

Stereo or Mid/Side

Little Clipper lets you choose your channel configuration for stereo tracks. We have found that clipping often sounds much more natural in Mid/Side mode on stereo buses. It even lets you clip only the mid or side channels without affecting the other, giving you even more control over your clipping.

I thought clipping was bad. Why would I do it on purpose?

Just like all effects, clipping is bad when you do it accidentally. When used purposefully, it’s a powerful tool that can be used to increase your apparent dynamics without making your peaks jump all over the place. It’s especially powerful on drums. Just a little bit of clipping your snare before your compressor will give your compressor much more natural sounding, predictable results.

Features

  • Hard/Soft Clipping
  • Intuitive Input Gain and Ceiling controls
  • Mix knob for blending your dry sound back in
  • Multiple stereo configurations for clipping stereo buses

System Requirements

Mac

Formats:

  • AAX
  • AU (Audio Units)
  • RTAS
  • VST
  • VST3

Windows

Formats:

  • AAX
  • RTAS
  • VST
  • VST3

22. Mastering Limiter

by Minimal System Group

Mastering Limiter

Important Note: This product is only compatible with Windows operating systems.

The Mastering Limiter from Minimal System Group is a high end audio processing advanced peak limiter designed to maximize both the level of the digital signal and the resolution of your final rendered file.

The Mastering Limiter’s lookahead peak limiter algorithm provides the mixing and mastering engineer with the capability to increase resolution and production master levels with precise control. Specifically designed for mastering, digital editing, multimedia, and any application that requires limiting of the digital signal with highest quality; the Mastering Limiter is perfect addition to your mixing and mastering tool set.

In order to ensure the maximum possible resolution of a processed signal, it is very highly recommended that the Mastering Limiter be used last in the processing chain.

System Requirements

  • PC running a Windows operating system. VST compatible DAW or VST hosting software.
  • This plugin is 32bit but can be run on 64bit systems using jBridge.
  • This plugin also operates within the 64bit versions of Cubase, Nuendo, Bitwig Studio, Reaper, Tracktion, Renoise, FL Studio, Sonar, Mixcraft and Samplitude using their inbuilt bridging.
  • It is recommended that you always try out the demo before purchases to ensure that the plugin is compatible with your system.

Host Compatibility

  • Minimal System Group Plugins run on Windows based PC’s using a suitable VST host or DAW. Our plugins have been fully tested within Ableton Live, Adobe Audition, Cakewalk Sonar, FL Studio, Energy XT, Presonus Studio One, Renoise, and Cubase.

Please Note: This plugin is 32bit but can be run on 64bit systems using jBridge.


23. Finality Advanced

by Joey Sturgis Tones

Finality Advanced

Finality Advanced is the fully featured Limiter built for ultimate versatility and performance. Finality Advanced includes Finality Lite.

Finality is a limiter designed from the ground up to be both powerful and versatile. Whether your source is very dynamic like drums and vocals, or more flat like distorted rhythm guitars and synth, Finality can be dialed to masterfully control peak and level dynamics in your mix.

Features:

  • Hard and soft modes will change the character of the transients
  • Aggro can alter the release envelope to be more favorable to drums.
  • Need a little edge? The color button can add helpful saturation to a signal.
  • There’s even a mix control to allow for parallel processing.
  • Anticipate and handle any unruly peaks with look ahead.
  • Utilize the sidechain to optimally react to low-end material
  • Auto gain automatically sets the make-up gain and can be switched off
  • Don’t be limited. Be versatile.

System Requirements

A computer with Intel or AMD compatible processor, Windows or Mac OSX operating system, and a compatible DAW installed (check which plugin formats your DAW supports). This plugin does NOT operate as a standalone!

  • Windows (32 & 64 bit): VST2, VST3, AAX, RTAS
  • Mac OSX (32 & 64 bit): VST2, VST3, AU, AAX, RTAS

Note: The RTAS specification does not provide 64 bit support.


24. Finality Lite

by Joey Sturgis Tones

Finality Lite

Own Finality Lite? Upgrade to the Advanced Version HERE

Finality Lite is a more light weight version of Finality Advanced with less controls and less features. 

Finality Advanced is the fully featured Limiter built for ultimate versatility and performance. Finality Advanced includes Finality Lite.

Finality is a limiter designed from the ground up to be both powerful and versatile. Whether your source is very dynamic like drums and vocals, or more flat like distorted rhythm guitars and synth, Finality can be dialed to masterfully control peak and level dynamics in your mix.

Features

  • Hard and soft modes will change the character of the transients
  • Aggro can alter the release envelope to be more favorable to drums.
  • Need a little edge? The color button can add helpful saturation to a signal.
  • There’s even a mix control to allow for parallel processing.
  • Anticipate and handle any unruly peaks with look ahead.
  • Utilize the sidechain to optimally react to low-end material
  • Auto gain automatically sets the make-up gain and can be switched off
  • Don’t be limited. Be versatile.

System Requirements

A computer with Intel or AMD compatible processor, Windows or Mac OSX operating system, and a compatible DAW installed (check which plugin formats your DAW supports). This plugin does NOT operate as a standalone!

  • Windows (32 & 64 bit): VST2, VST3, AAX, RTAS
  • Mac OSX (32 & 64 bit): VST2, VST3, AU, AAX, RTAS

Note: The RTAS specification does not provide 64 bit support.


25. BUTE Limiter Stereo

by Signum Audio

BUTE Limiter Stereo

Seriously Smooth, Ultra-Transparent True Peak Brickwall Limiting

Note: This product is the Stereo version. The Surround Sound version of Bute Limiter is also available.

If you’re looking for high fidelity pro-audio limiting, look no further. Our smooth and transparent True Peak Brickwall Limiter delivers superior sound quality for use on your final master or individual tracks during mixing.

Bute-ifully Smooth

Designed with absolute transparency in mind, the BUTE Limiter delivers beautifully smooth limiting with no compromises. Our advanced algorithms have specifically been developed to provide pinpoint precision while maintaining total transparency, preserving the fidelity of your original audio and avoiding unwanted artifacts or alterations.

Overshoot Proof

We only use highest quality linear phase upsampling in our True Peak Brickwall Limiter. We have designed our novel algorithms from scratch to guarantee no true peak overshoots helping make this the ultimate mastering limiter for broadcasters and producers. You can see precisely how much of your audio is being taken off on the highly informative graph.

A Sleek Experience

The minimalistic user interface makes it simple to get great sound from our limiter. Easily adjust Gain and Release to tweak your audio just how you want it, seeing clear and precise readings displayed throughout. Automatic re-metering enables you to see in realtime how your output changes when you play your track back after adjustments. Alternatively, you can easily collapse the window to a numerical data-only view to declutter your session and save on valuable screen real-estate.

Creative Versatility

The BUTE Limiter let’s you push your sound even further, without losing its natural harmonics. With 5 Different release modes to choose from including Linear, Transparent and Pumping, and optional automatic release time calculation depending on content. By using the Pre-Gain you can use it as a maximiser for extra versatility.

Compatibility

All of our plugins work with Mac (>10.9) and Windows (>8.1), and are compatible with 64-bit VST, AU and AAX.

Applications

Mixing & Mastering:

  • Boost your levels without clipping
  • Ensure more accurate reproduction of your audio/music on a variety of platforms
  • Use on separate tracks and/or master channel
  • Ultra-transparent, high fidelity sound quality

Post-Production & Broadcasting:

  • A reliable true peak limiter that will ensure no overshoots

Features

  • A minimalistic user-interface making it incredibly easy to use
  • Collapsable window for numerical data-only view so you can save valuable screen space
  • True peak, ultra transparent limiting, with a novel approach to brick wall limiting making it “overshoot proof”
  • Automatic reading re-metering to reflect adjustments
  • 5 Different release curves to choose from, with automatic release time calculation depending on content
  • In-Depth history and readings for True Peak, Threshold and Gain Reduction.
  • Useful Pre-Gain to push or reduce the incoming signal’s volume
  • Compatible with Mac (10.9 or higher), Windows (8.1 or higher) and 64-bit VST / AU / AAX
  • Pro Tools 12.5 or higher
  • Included with the BUTE Loudness Suite

System Requirements

  • Windows 8.1 or higher 
  • Mac 10.9 or higher
  • All plugins are compatible with 64-bit VST / AU / AAX.
  • Pro Tools 12.5 or higher

26. The Wall

by Boz Digital Labs

The Wall

Why does the world need another limiter?

The Wall is is a brick wall limiter designed with one thing in mind: Make your mixes loud without screwing up your mix. No matter what side of the loudness wars you’ve decided to plant yourself on, the need to make mixes loud for clients isn’t going away any time soon. Sending your clients home with a mix that is just as loud as the professional mixes they are used to hearing is an important part of any mixing engineer’s job.

But nothing drives me more insane than listening to all my hard work turn to garbage when pushing the mix loud. That’s why we made this plugin. We wanted a mastering limiter that lets you push your mixes loud and still keep the punch in your drums and keep your tonality intact.

There are many Limiters out there, and one of the things that we learned while making this is that a good limiting algorithm is complicated. There are tons of steps involved in transparently limiting music and most of the parameters are completely non-intuitive. When I’m mastering my music, I don’t want to think about release and attack times, lookahead times, window shapes, multiband crossover frequencies, etc. but I want to dial in the limiter to match the music I’m sending it.

So we took over 30 parameters and combined them into a very simple and intuitive “Flavor” control. It really couldn’t be easier to use. You set your level, then adjust the flavor until it sounds good with your song. And if that’s not enough, The Wall comes with 3 completely different limiting algorithms that you can switch through very quickly. It’s just so easy to use.

Features

  • Dual Limiting Modes
  • Huge variety of styles with simple interface
  • Sanity Check normalizes your level so you can compare your original sound with the compressed sound without introducing a level change.
  • Up to 8x oversampling to prevent intersample peaks.
  • Dithering, because… Why not?


System Requirements

  • Win (32 and 64 bit): VST, VST3, RTAS, AAX Native
  • Mac (32 and 64 bit): VST, VST3, RTAS, AU, AAX Native

27. MUltramaximizer

by MeldaProduction

MUltramaximizer

MUltraMaximizer is a fatal weapon that lets you win the loudness war and is affordable to everyone!Using a few controls MUltraMaximizer can basically do the limiting for you with outstanding quality. It is a simplified, extremely easy-to-use and cheap alternative to MMultiBandLimiter, one of the most advanced multiband limiters in the world.

Features

  • State-of-the-art mastering multiband limiter and saturator which lets you increase the loudness of your audio to unbelievable levels with minimal artifacts.
  • Powerful metering system – you always know the output level, gain reduction and saturation reduction. You can often get great results without even listening to it!
  • Up to 8 channels surround processing – our plugins can handle not only mono and stereo signals, but also up to 8 channels of surround audio, making them ideal for audio production for movies, games etc.
  • Full randomization – using a single button you can generate completely new settings. By clicking the button you can walk through the billions of possible settings and find the best one for you! And if that’s too much, you can just hold ctrl and MUltraMaximizer will only slightly modify existing settings.
  • Adjustable up-sampling 1x-16x to minimize aliasing and get an even clearer sound.
  • Extremely advanced and easy-to-use user interface – our products are always designed to enhance the workflow. You can easily change all values, fine-tune each control in multiple ways. Easy orientation in a standardized GUI, textual editing and smooth visualization with almost unlimited zooming are standard in all of our plugins. Moreover our plugins are the world first (and still the only ones), which support resizable and stylable GUI’s.
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn – you can map any parameter to any MIDI controller or MIDI keyboard and control it realtime or record and automate it.
  • Very fast, optimized for SSE and SSE2 processors.
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange – using a title button you can save your settings (which are shared on the computer) so you can easily access these in other songs. Moreover all plugins can automatically share your presets and download presets of other users from our servers (if this feature is enabled). We are building a community and you can be a part of it!
  • Fully automatable.

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can’t work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X (10.7 and newer, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.


28. Voxengo EBusLim

by Voxengo

Voxengo EBusLim

EBusLim is a brickwall peak limiter and loudness maximization plug-in for professional music production applications.  EBusLim implements a single EL-4-based limiter mode originally designed in Elephant mastering limiter plug-in.  This mode is suitable for bus, drum bus, master bus and track processing.  The design idea behind EBusLim is to produce an extremely easy-to-use yet effective limiter.

Since EBusLim only features a single processing mode the processing latency was reduced down to 0.5 milliseconds permitting the use of this limiter as master bus overload protector for both stereo and multichannel applications.

Applications

  • Bus peak limiter
  • Voice streaming limiter plugin
  • Track compressor
  • Drum bus compressor
  • Mastering peak limiter
  • Loudness maximizer
  • Stereo 5.1 surround mastering limiter

Features

  • Elephant-plug-in-quality limiter mode
  • Extreme ease of use
  • Stereo and multi-channel processing
  • Preset manager
  • 64-bit floating point processing
  • All sample rates support
  • 0.5 ms compensated processing latency
  • User interface colour schemes
  • Resizable user interface
  • Retina and HighDPI support

System Requirements

This audio plugin can be loaded into any audio host application that conforms to the AudioUnit or VST plugin specification.  Plugins with AAX version available can be loaded in ProTools 12+.

This plugin is compatible with Windows (32- and 64-bit Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 and later versions) and macOS (10.7 and later versions, 64-bit Intel processor-based) computers (2.5 GHz dual-core or faster processor with at least 4 GB of system RAM, SSE4.2 instructions support required, e.g. any Intel Core i-, AMD Bulldozer- or Zen-based processor).  A separate binary distribution file is available for each target computer platform and audio plugin specification.  If supported on a specific processor, the plugin may internally utilize AVX2-optimized code.

Compatible Windows and macOS plugin software:

  • Cubase
  • Logic Pro
  • ProTools
  • Ableton Live
  • Reaper
  • Presonus Studio One
  • FL Studio
  • Cakewalk
  • Nuendo
  • WaveLab
  • GarageBand
  • Vegas
  • SoundForge
  • Audition
  • Samplitude
  • Digital Performer
  • Mixcraft
  • Bitwig Studio
  • Edius
  • others

Note: If you cannot get the plugin to work on macOS High Sierra/Mojave, you have to logout from the system and login again – this is a known issue that is not caused by the plugin’s own bug.


29. MLimiterMB

by MeldaProduction

MLimiterMB

MLimiterMB is an advanced state-of-the-art multiband mastering brickwall limiter plugin that makes your recordings and mixes sound louder with minimal distortion and artifacts. You don’t need a Ph.D. to achieve great professional quality results with our plugin and a little work.

Using a few controls MLimiterMB can basically do the limiting for you with outstanding quality. On the other hand it also allows incredible flexibility if you need it. Starting with a variable number of bands and ending with full automation, MLimiterMB is the most flexible yet easiest way to use a multiband limiter!

Features

  • State-of-the-art mastering multiband limiter with adjustable knee, threshold, input gain and other important parameters, which automatically handle look-ahead and other features for you. It’s flexibility is outstanding, however it’s workflow is still incredible – you can basically perform limiting only by adjusting input and output gain!
  • Powerful metering system – you always know the output level and gain reduction for each band as well as master output, gain reduction and saturation reduction. You can often get great results without even listening to it! 
  • 3 limiting modes – besides manual limiting, where you have to modify any advanced parameter manually, MLimiterMB provides 2 additional modes optimized for increasing loudness and minimizing pumping effect.
  • Dual user interface – the plugin is not only extremely versatile, but also quick and easy-to-use thanks to 2 graphical user interfaces. First there is a simple default one with several predefined modes, but just a few controls, which lets you start quickly and easily without any knowledge. All you need to do is choose what you want and use a few knobs. And the plugins also has an advanced mode, which provides all the extreme features the plugin offers.
  • 1-6 fully configurable independent bands built on 3 perfectly transparent crossover algorithms (analog, linear-phase and hybrid) with fully adjustable limits and input gains. Includes peak meters for all bands and the master. 
  • Up to 8 channels surround processing – our plugins can handle not only mono and stereo signals, but also up to 8 channels of surround audio, making them ideal for audio production for movies, games etc.
  • Full randomization – using a single button you can generate completely new settings. By clicking the button you can walk through the billions of possible settings and find the best one for you! And if that’s too much, you can just hold ctrl and MMultiBandLimiter will only slightly modify existing settings.
  • Adjustable up-sampling 1x-16x to minimize aliasing and get an even clearer sound.
  • Extremely advanced and easy-to-use user interface – our products are always designed to enhance the workflow. You can easily change all values, fine-tune each control in multiple ways. Easy orientation in a standardized GUI, textual editing and smooth visualization with almost unlimited zooming are standard in all of our plugins. Moreover our plugins are the world first (and still the only ones), which support resizable and stylable GUI’s.
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn – you can map any parameter to any MIDI controller or MIDI keyboard and control it realtime or record and automate it.
  • Very fast, optimized for SSE and SSE2 processors.
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange – using a title button you can save your settings (which are shared on the computer) so you can easily access these in other songs. Moreover all plugins can automatically share your presets and download presets of other users from our servers (if this feature is enabled). We are building a community and you can be a part of it! 
  • Fully Automatable.

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can’t work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X (10.7 and newer, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.


30. BUTE Limiter Surround

by Signum Audio

BUTE Limiter Surround

Seriously Smooth, Ultra-Transparent True Peak Brickwall Limiting

Note: This product is the Surround Sound version. The Stereo version of Bute Limiter is also available.

If you’re looking for high fidelity pro-audio limiting, look no further. Our smooth and transparent True Peak Brickwall Limiter delivers superior sound quality for use on your final master or individual tracks during mixing.

Bute-ifully Smooth

Designed with absolute transparency in mind, the BUTE Limiter delivers beautifully smooth limiting with no compromises. Our advanced algorithms have specifically been developed to provide pinpoint precision while maintaining total transparency, preserving the fidelity of your original audio and avoiding unwanted artifacts or alterations.

Overshoot Proof

We only use highest quality linear phase upsampling in our True Peak Brickwall Limiter. We have designed our novel algorithms from scratch to guarantee no true peak overshoots helping make this the ultimate mastering limiter for broadcasters and producers. You can see precisely how much of your audio is being taken off on the highly informative graph.

A Sleek Experience

The minimalistic user interface makes it simple to get great sound from our limiter. Easily adjust Gain and Release to tweak your audio just how you want it, seeing clear and precise readings displayed throughout. Automatic re-metering enables you to see in realtime how your output changes when you play your track back after adjustments. Alternatively, you can easily collapse the window to a numerical data-only view to declutter your session and save on valuable screen real-estate.

Creative Versatility

The BUTE Limiter let’s you push your sound even further, without losing its natural harmonics. With 5 Different release modes to choose from including Linear, Transparent and Pumping, and optional automatic release time calculation depending on content. By using the Pre-Gain you can use it as a maximiser for extra versatility.

Compatibility

All of our plugins work with Mac (>10.9) and Windows (>8.1), and are compatible with 64-bit VST, AU and AAX. The plugin comes in Stereo or Surround versions, with Surround providing additional multi-channel support for up to 10 channel Atmos.

Applications

Mixing & Mastering:

  • Boost your levels without clipping
  • Ensure more accurate reproduction of your audio/music on a variety of platforms
  • Use on separate tracks and/or master channel
  • Ultra-transparent, high fidelity sound quality

Post-Production & Broadcasting:

  • Surround version supports up to 10 channel Atmos
  • A reliable true peak limiter that will ensure no overshoots

Features

  • A minimalistic user-interface making it incredibly easy to use
  • Collapsable window for numerical data-only view so you can save valuable screen space
  • True peak, ultra transparent limiting, with a novel approach to brick wall limiting making it “overshoot proof”
  • Surround to up to 10 Channel Atmos
  • Automatic reading re-metering to reflect adjustments
  • 5 Different release curves to choose from, with automatic release time calculation depending on content
  • In-Depth history and readings for True Peak, Threshold and Gain Reduction.
  • Useful Pre-Gain to push or reduce the incoming signal’s volume
  • Compatible with Mac (10.9 or higher), Windows (8.1 or higher) and 64-bit VST / AU / AAX
  • Pro Tools 12.5 or higher
  • Included with the BUTE Loudness Suite

System Requirements

  • Windows 8.1 or higher 
  • Mac 10.9 or higher
  • All plugins are compatible with 64-bit VST / AU / AAX.
  • Surround adds additional multi-channel support for up to 10 channel Atmos.
  • Pro Tools 12.5 or higher

31. Oxford Limiter V3 – HD/HDX

by Sonnox

Oxford Limiter V3 - HD/HDX

Having crafted and refined your mix, join the growing number of professionals who’ve chosen the new Oxford Limiter V3 to deliver maximum loudness, density and presence – whilst retaining the kind of clarity and transient detail that conventional brick-wall limiting can’t.

The Plug-In is a true peak limiter that offers recently enhanced levels of processing and metering accuracy. The result is that you get to see and automatically correct otherwise invisible reconstruction overloads – and conform to the accepted industry ITU-R BS.1770-4 standard.

Whether you’re after the Oxford Limiter’s hallmark transparency or heavier creative effects, its advanced look-ahead processing and unique Enhance function provide the sample-value limiting and musical boost needed to reliably avoid clipping and confidently increase apparent loudness.

Features:

  • Peak limiting with attack, release & variable soft-knee
  • Enhance section to increase perceived loudness 
  • Recon meter shows actual rather than sampled signal 
  • Auto Comp fixes recon errors without losing overall loudness: conforming to the industry’s true peak measurement standard (ITU-R BS.1770-4)
  • Audition and apply TPDF dither for 24-bit and 16-bit output word lengths with four types of variable noise shaping
  • Four variable-strength noise shaping modes for use with highly dynamic program material
  • Full backwards compatibility with previous Plug-In versions
  • Great library of factory presets to get you started

Compatibility:

  • AAX DSP​

System Requirements

Pro Tools

  • Pro Tools 10.3.8, 11.3.2, 12 – AAX DSP
  • Approved Pro Tools CPU, OS and hardware configuration
  • Legacy support for OS X 10.4.11 – 10.6.8 & Windows XP: TDM
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers OR active internet connection required
  • iLok2 / iLok3 OR active internet connection required for AAX plug-ins

Supported Hosts:

Mac:

  • Pro Tools 10.3.8 – 12 (AAX DSP)​

PC:

  • Pro Tools 10.3.8 – 12 (AAX DSP)​

DSP Compatibility

The Sonnox Oxford Limiter is compatible with the following hardware DSP accelerator or consoles:

  • Pro Tools AAX DSP
  • Avid Venue
  • Avid S3L
  • Avid S6L

​​Bundles

The Oxford Limiter is also available in the following money-saving bundles:

Please Note: This product now supports iLok Cloud Authorisation. An iLok USB Dongle OR an active internet connection is required in order to activate and use this product.​


32. ISL 2st

by NUGEN Audio

ISL 2st

World class, broadcast quality limiting is an essential requirement for any audio production, and the latest standards also demand true-peak compliance. ISL 2st delivers both, giving you superb sound with complete confidence about meeting the new standards for online delivery.

ISL 2st is an intelligent look-ahead brick-wall limiter that provides highly transparent True Peak limiting for all stereo & mono content.  ISL 2st is designed to allow you to get on with creative audio production while it takes care of true-peak compliance for you.  It delivers content fully compatible with loudness normalization standards used by iTunes Radio, Spotify and many others. The risk of distortion from down-stream codec conversion (mp3, AAC etc.) is eliminated with ISL 2 on the master bus. 

No need to second guess your sample-peak limiter time and again, or deliberately increase headroom to avoid a downstream problem. Just dial in your true-peak limit and let ISL take care of the rest.

Pristine Quality True-Peak Limiting

ISL 2st includes Apple ‘Mastered for iTunes’ true-peak detection, and many other algorithms suitable for the control of audio for Music & Post Production applications.

Powerful Processing and Visualisations

With unique Steering and Ducking meters, ISL2st guides you to the perfect settings. Whether you are preserving directional integrity or atmospheric ambience, ISL2st gives you the information and control you need to achieve your objective with ease. New processing enhancements assess the incoming audio for frequency content and automatically take care of those minor adjustments required when LF content drives the limiter, delivering increased transparency whilst maintaining our renowned reputation of intuitive operation.

Applications

  • Post Production & Broadcast audio
  • Audio Mastering
  • Loudness compliance
  • ‘Mastered for iTunes’ intersample clip monitoring
  • Protection for downstream compression
  • Preserving quality for streaming/podcast
  • Inter-sample clip management

Transparent True Peak Limiting

  • Adjust adjustable look ahead
  • Two stage, non-linear adaptive algorithm
  • Adjustable channel linking

Standard Compliant

  • Compatible with ITU-R BS. 1770
  • Includes Apple iTunes afClip True Peak option
  • True brick-wall limited output

Clear, Intuitive Operation

  • Intelligent adaptive algorithm
  • Clear metering
  • Multiple diagnostic listen modes

Reliable Metering

  • Accurate, standard compliant I/O metering
  • Precise direct numeric maxima
  • Adjustable ballistics and colour splits

Supported Standards

Our loudness products are compatible with all recommendations and guidance based upon the international standard ITU-R B.S. 1770, revisions 1, 2 and 3 including:

  • ATSC A/85 (CALM ACT)
  • EBU R128
  • EBU R128 S1
  • ARIB TR-B32
  • OP-59
  • AGCOM 219/9/CSP
  • Portaria 354
  • DPP

System Requirements

  • We support AAX, VST, VST3, AU and AudioSuite in both 64-bit and 32-bit versions. RTAS is also available as 32-bit only.
  • AAX DSP Version supports sample rates up to 96Khz.
  • Mac OSX 10.6.x, 512 MB RAM
  • Windows XP or above, 512 MB RAM

33. 4040 Retro Limiter HD

by McDSP

4040 Retro Limiter HD

Note: This product is the HD version. You can purchase the Native version HERE.

The 4040 Retro Limiter combines a look-ahead brick wall limiter function with several subjective treatments to make the limiting action subtle, and yet vintage.

All Retro plug-ins use a McDSP designed output stage topology to eliminate digital clipping at any output level and produce a smoother distortion characteristic. This feature is in addition to the analogue saturation modelling that has made McDSP famous over the last decade.

Retro plug-ins are a line of ‘classics’ that can live up to their own name without emulating something else.

Features

  • Unique original algorithms with transparent yet vintage sound
  • Up to 36 dB of signal gain
  • Anti-Clip Output Stage Topology
  • Analog Saturation modelling
  • Double precision processing
  • Ultra-low latency
  • Mono and stereo versions

System Requirements

Mac:

  • OSX 10.8 or higher (64-bit only)

Windows:

  • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)

Formats:

  • AAX DSP/Native
  • AU
  • VST

Platform Requirements:

  • AAX versions require Pro Tools 10.3.8 or higher, or Pro Tools 11.1.3 or higher
  • S3L/S6L versions require VENUE OS 5.2 or higher
  • AU versions recommended for Logic 9, X, or higher
  • VST versions recommended for Cubase 7.x, 8.X, or higher, and Nuendo 6.5 or higher

Activation:

Please note: This product can be activated using iLok Cloud OR an iLok USB Dongle.

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