Originally Posted by Sailor Hope
TB Barricade VS Flux Elixir?
Anyone know if there is a actual difference ?
I have the demo of Elixir at the moment.
The simple answer is that Elixir more than holds its own with every limiter I've either got (Pro-L, Sonnox, Barricade, ADClip2, L1) or are currently trying demos of (Xenon and Elephant).
I've noticed with Elixir that using multiple limiter stages (instead of default 1) plus higher resolution at the same time is often detrimental to the sound - it adds distortion.
I've only just discovered that so now I've going to do some more intense final testing.
I had been "going for gold" by applying multi stages AND higher res thinking it would produce the best results - it doesn't, quite the opposite on the material I've been testing it on.
In fact it seems to me that keeping it simple by either engaging high res and keeping the stages at 1, or not engaging high res and maybe using 2 stages max produces the best results.
My current feeling is that, once tweaked correctly, Elixir could well be the pick of the bunch transparency and detail wise.
The Difference control is handy - it lets you hear exactly what is being limited in isolation.
Great if you have access to the mix as you can go back and tweak the mix to tame the peaks.
The true peak function is good although I would like to see the actual true peak levels as a read out.
One missing element in Elixir for me is no K-meters.
In summary, Elixir is VERY good once you understand the deceptively simply controls but if you are on a tight budget and don't have any good limiters Barricade is unrivalled value at EURO15.