Budget Master Bus Limiters?

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KVRAF
12653 posts since 13 Oct, 2009

Post Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:54 am

Hi All,

Other than George Yohng's W1 and ToneBooster's Barricade, are there any other budget/free master bus limiters that are worth looking at?

For a DIY mastering effort, and assuming that there is a need for a limiter on the master bus, what is the lowest priced limiter that YOU would use on a project? If you answer that question, what exactly is it about cheaper options that rule them out for you? Bonus points if you can provide technical specifics or sound examples that demonstrate problems with cheaper options.

KVRist
438 posts since 24 Feb, 2005 from Franklin, TN USA

Post Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:55 am

Bus Driver from Nomad Factory which is currently free.

Limiter No.6 which is also free.

KVRist
282 posts since 24 Nov, 2014

Post Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:18 am

I think Limiter no. 6 is excellent.

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KVRian
1022 posts since 12 Sep, 2005

Post Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:26 am

I would/and do sometimes use eaReckon Analog87 Bw-limit. It's 29 euros. http://eareckon.com/en/products/analog8 ... strip.html

KVRAF
3194 posts since 18 Mar, 2008

Post Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:34 am

Lesha mentioned Hornet Magnus in Limitless thread, which sparked my interest in it, gonna check it out myself as soon as possible, so check that out for sure :wink:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp3eHPcNxHA

For my own humble DIY needs Pocket Limiter is ace, I don't squash things that much for my own listening pleasure, but there's some future project in which I might need to squash things quite a bit, so looking at something better personally too, that's where Magnus kicks in for me, it's fitting the bill and on first look, that's it, I quite like what I see, simplistic approach, so my pocket, eyes and taste are in, just need to consult my ears :help:
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KVRist
159 posts since 15 May, 2015

Post Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:43 pm

I think LoudMax is pretty good...I only notice a difference between it and the "premium" limiters when hitting it REALLY hard.

http://loudmax.blogspot.com/

KVRAF

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12653 posts since 13 Oct, 2009

Post Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:46 pm

comfortablynick wrote:I think LoudMax is pretty good...I only notice a difference between it and the "premium" limiters when hitting it REALLY hard.

http://loudmax.blogspot.com/
Tnx, I found that this morning, it's good to hear some user reports. I also found Limited-Z by LVC Audio.

http://lvcaudio.com/plugins/limited-z/

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KVRian
1218 posts since 17 Aug, 2012 from Old Zealand

Post Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:53 pm

I use the M1 limiter from Finalmix: http://www.finalmix.biz/Final_Mix_Software/Home.html

It's only 19$ and does a good job IMO. I like that it is a
very simple plugin.
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KVRist
462 posts since 15 Nov, 2012 from Arkansas, USA

Post Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:53 pm

LimiterNo.6 may be free, but it's one of the best IMHO.
Loudmax is very good too.

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KVRAF
4119 posts since 11 Aug, 2006 from Austin, TX

Post Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:53 pm

You can download the ReaPlugs (http://www.reaper.fm/reaplugs/) for free. In there you have ReaJS (bet you thought I was going to say ReaComp).

In the full install of Reaper there's a JS script called "eventhorizon". http://wiki.cockos.com/wiki/index.php/J ... Collection

You can just copy the script out and use with any DAW and ReaJS. It's more CPU heavy than the real Event Horizon plugin but sounds just as nice. It can be driven HARD and has a pleasing sound to my ears. Definitely worth the little bit of work it takes to set everything up.
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KVRAF
2907 posts since 15 Feb, 2007 from ...in the butt

Post Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:54 pm

Tls_maximizer yo.
It's the only one I'll ever use on my master bus

KVRAF
3719 posts since 26 Nov, 2015 from Way Downunder

Post Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:02 pm

Subscribed.

W1 and Barricade are great choices - I'm also keen to see what is out there on the budget/free end of the scale.

I can also recommend:

MaxwellSmart
Very transparent clipping safety. Free but unfortunately 32-bit only.

SmootherLimiter
Made by a forum member. No GUI but works a treat and is being constantly updated.

KVRAF
2747 posts since 13 Feb, 2012 from Amsterdam

Post Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:18 pm

You might also try to use a clipper in conjunction with a limiter. Use moderately and it won't distort, well, not audibly ;)
SIR and Kazrog make cheap ones. Forum member chokehold made a free one (don't remember the name nor have link. Sorry).

KVRAF
7084 posts since 17 Feb, 2005

Post Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:22 pm

MogwaiBoy wrote:
SmoothLimiter
Made by a forum member. No GUI but works a treat and is being constantly updated.
I'm still working on the algorithm, so the next update has been delayed, but expect better things from it

KVRist
111 posts since 7 Jan, 2013 from United States

Post Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:54 pm

I really like the limiter that came with Studio One, actually most of the plugins that come with Studio One are pretty decent!

Of course, that is just my two cents.

But, I wouldn't over look any of the plugins that come with your DAW, sometimes you might be surprised with what you find.
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