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Your Favorite Limiter Plugin?
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112db Big Blue
2 Votes - 0.21%
Brainworx bx_XL
16 Votes - 1.64%
Fabfilter Pro-L
187 Votes - 19.18%
iZotope Ozone
108 Votes - 11.08%
PSP Xenon
71 Votes - 7.28%
Slate FG-X
105 Votes - 10.77%
Sonnox
141 Votes - 14.46%
UAD Precision
64 Votes - 6.56%
Voxengo Elephant
134 Votes - 13.74%
Waves L2 / L3
147 Votes - 15.08%
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Your Favorite Limiter Plugin?

I'm pretty sure these are the most popular cross platform limiter plugins. What's your favorite?
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Ammunition in Samplitude.
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None of the above.
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Ammunition in Samplitude.
It's probably nice, but AFAIK it's not a plugin, it only works with Samplitude.
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None of the above.
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Ha ha

You've missed the ONLY decent digital limitier off the list.

TC Brickwall.

You have obviously never tried it!

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Nope haven't tried it, haven't seen people talk about it much.
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What I usually end up doing is throwing an L3 Multi on, bringing the output ceiling down about 3-4 dB, doing some creative EQ after, and then putting an L2 at the very end.

Gets things REALLY loud without sounding obnoxious.
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i tried a lot and settled on elephant ftw.
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Ha ha

You've missed the ONLY decent digital limitier off the list.

TC Brickwall.

You have obviously never tried it!

T
thumbsup Although I think the word 'ONLY' is really pushing it. I use both Elephant and TC Brickwall, both are excellent but very different.
So, I'm not voting.

I really like the Sonnox as well, and if budget allows in the new year then I will pick that up too. But I can't see it getting anywhere near as much use as the other two.
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i tried a lot and settled on elephant ftw.
same.
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For right now its Elephant, but im very interested in the Fabfilter. Going to demo that soon.
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Same here.
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Ditto.
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PSP Xenon always sounds more transparent than the sonnox and L2, but sometimes their sound is what you need. I always find limiters strange in that you can't predict the best one the same way you can with compressors or EQ's. It's more of a try it and see what works. There really is no right or wrong, just taste!
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Sonnox Limiter. ;p

But if one owned most of them, and could always find the best for the material I'm sure that'd be great as well.

How many own the UA Precision Limiter but routinely use something else? That'd be interesting to know.

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+1 for the PRO-L fabfilter
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Elephant currently, though I've been using Pro-L more and more as I check out the demo.
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+1 for Massey L2007.

I guess it's not on the list because it's RTAS only.?
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None of those.

Flux Limiter.
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+1 for Massey L2007.

I guess it's not on the list because it's RTAS only.?

The Massey L2007 is TDM and RTAS. The L2007 is what I currently use (and I like it much more than the any of the Waves limiters). However, it has not stopped my quest at finding a better choice.

Has any X-L2007 users found a better choice?
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None of those.

Flux Limiter.
I have this one but can't seem to wrap my mind around the fairly unintuitive control parameters for this one - so my results to date with it has been it really over-softens transients relative to my other choices. Any suggestions as to how to approach working with the Flux?

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None of those.

Flux Limiter.
do u think an avalon 2022 is a good option to use like a mastering compressor?? have u used it on mastering???

thanks in advance
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Any suggestions as to how to approach working with the Flux?
Its not a first-pass limiter. Its post production limiter to increase loudness by 1-2db.

Its very soft true, adjust values based on musical taste and composition.
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I have this one but can't seem to wrap my mind around the fairly unintuitive control parameters for this one - so my results to date with it has been it really over-softens transients relative to my other choices. Any suggestions as to how to approach working with the Flux?

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Use the Advanced release parameter option. Set a the minimum (fastest) max+min release time. Reduce lookahead to the recommended setting by double clicking on the slider, then experiment with even shorter lookahead or no lookahead. At the shortest settings it will approach clipping. You should notice a change in the transients and the general sound will be more snappy. Go backwards if you want softer results.

No knee, no other funny stuff - though you can experiment with the release sidechain filter when you have slower release times than this.

I turn off auto make-up and lower the threshold until I get the amount of reduction I'm looking for while listening only to the changes in sound. When I'm done I auto make-up. Limiting is almost always a compromise and I rarely limit more than about 3 dB. If loudness is paramount I combine it with clipping earlier in the chain before going outboard (which avoids clipping into RMS territory and offers some transient control before compression - despite some DAC waveform reconstruction, potential distortion build-up, and the inherent counterproductiveness of clipping early, it still has its advantages) or I clip at the end of the chain. Or all three, God forgive me.

You can make the FabFilter Pro-L sound quite similar to the Flux Limiter at particular settings. I haven't been succesful in making the Sonnox Oxford do the same for me as the Flux Limiter but I haven't tried the Massey since it's just RTAS/TDM. I sometimes use the FG-X but more as a saturation device than an actual limiter. The Waves L2 I use once in a full moon when I'm looking for that mushy sound, while the L3 sounds like broken glass to me. The Sonalksis limiter isn't useful at all unfortunately.

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do u think an avalon 2022 is a good option to use like a mastering compressor?? have u used it on mastering???

thanks in advance
The 2022 is a preamp and while you can saturate it for some self-compression (in theory) I wouldn't use it for that purpose. Maybe you're thinking of the 2044 which is a compressor. I've used the 2044 on a couple of albums. It's very nice, especially the bass sounds tight to me. The controls are a little fiddly and hard to recall later so I didn't keep it.
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BT Brickwall ... yeah.. for master limiter atleast
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Ha ha

You've missed the ONLY decent digital limitier off the list.

TC Brickwall.

You have obviously never tried it!

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Yupp, that's where my vote would have been as well.
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IK Multimedia T-Racks Deluxe Brickwall Limiter (Clean-mode only).
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