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Leveling Tool

Dynamics (Compressor / Limiter) Plugin by AdHd Audio Tools

Leveling Tool has an average user rating of 5.00 from 11 reviews

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User Reviews by KVR Members for Leveling Tool

Reviewed By gwenmollo [read all by] on November 13th, 2021
Version reviewed: 1 on Windows

My number one free limiter plugin.

It's simple, and work nicely.

I recommand it !.

Reviewed By alienimplant [read all by] on June 10th, 2021
Version reviewed: 1 on Mac.
Last edited by alienimplant on 10th June 2021.

I'm surprised how good it sounds as a bus compressor (tested it with a synth+delay and drums). I checked it out in PluginDoctor and noticed there's a high-end roll-off beyond 10k, but it's a really nice sound. Just have to keep in mind that there is EQ happening.

Reviewed By YnJ [read all by] on April 23rd, 2021
Version reviewed: unknown on Windows

I love this, it's so easy to use and it really makes almost anything sound better and is low on cpu.

Reviewed By kingozrecords [read all by] on December 20th, 2020
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows

Pretty impressed with this, the only thing it suffers from is a grit, but if you add the right processor after the fact; really happy. - DSPplug.

Reviewed By Gwugluud77 [read all by] on November 4th, 2018
Version reviewed: newest on Windows

Perhaps I don't have the "right" to review studio gear, since I can't pursue it on a FT basis; home recording is relegated to being a hobby for me. Although I have been multitracking off and on beginning with cassette 4-tracks in 1981, then on to an ADAT/mixer/compressor rig for a time, and then some Boss BR stuff.

I only got into DAWs and VSTs 2 years ago, just to make my friends STFU. I was aghast at the notion of trusting a computer with my tracks. But I tried free Mixpad, and then I got Reaper and Mixcraft 8. My fears have actually been semi-realized at times; never once do I remember any other recording rig apart from a DAW not being able to keep tracks in time with each other, not even once do I recall my ADAT crashing, and then when I bring it up again, only the MIDI tracks are left; the audio tracks have vanished. Never had to go find some 11-year-old whose thinking is convoluted sufficiently to be able to understand the complexities (read "stupidities") of the cyber realm to come and fix one of the myriad ludicrous problems which are retarded...I mean, unique, to DAWs.

Anyway, this tool is MAGIC. I put it at the end of my master track, and my sucky, pathetic music has undergone one of those chrysanthemums where a worm turns into a butterfly, or something like that. Very "tubey". Actually gets me close to the armhair-standing type of 4-dimensional yet lo-fi sound of ... The Doors' 1st album and "Fresh Cream" come to mind. I love the sound of those and certain other 60s albums. You can feel the tubes glowing as you listen. Even the urinals in whatever studios those were done in must have been all-tube, I mean...

So yeah, this ADHD tube limiter is 100% recommended from here. I crank the "drive" to high; often to 100%. And I crank the gain as high as it's practical to do before I must apply too much reduction and the sound gets too flattened. I just adjust with respect to any compressor VSTs I have applied to audio tracks, so they work together and don't clash. I can't believe it's free. Many thanks to this ADHD lot. They're geniuses, and they're generous. Well done.

Reviewed By juliandoe [read all by] on October 8th, 2018
Version reviewed: 1.3.1 on Mac

It's a great tube compressor. Same flavour as the Waves CLA-3A but this is free. I've compared the two side by side and I haven't noticed a difference. The possibility to adjust attack and release time is a plus. Highly suggested on vocals and drums. I can't believe it's free.

Reviewed By colobelporridge [read all by] on May 19th, 2018
Version reviewed: 1.3.0 on Windows

I cant stop using it. Just putting sound through it makes it sound better.To give an example, while its not the same style it has the same satifying effect as the klanghelm MJUC; you immediately think, ok this is working. I cant imagine anyone being dissapointed with it.

Reviewed By Coda73 [read all by] on March 22nd, 2018
Version reviewed: 10 on Windows

The excellent plug-in, is a lot of opportunities, it was pleasant to me on drums! In him there is everything that is necessary for the drive and pumping. Thanks.

Reviewed By sqigls [read all by] on March 20th, 2018
Version reviewed: 1.2.1 on Mac

Gain staging is a bit strange at first, but this thing really smacks. Sounds tight!
Free compressor or not, it's one of my go-to dynamics and tone tools now.
Even when the release knob was stuck it sounded great.
Thank you very much AdHd Audio Tools.

Reviewed By Halonmusic BANNED [read all by] on March 10th, 2018
Version reviewed: 100 on Windows.
Last edited by Halonmusic on 10th March 2018.

Great all round comp inspirered by the LA 2A. Love that you can adjust attack, release and ratio to taste.

Reviewed By athank [read all by] on March 7th, 2018
Version reviewed: 1.2.0 on Mac.
Last edited by athank on 7th March 2018.

Great product .

It's like a LA 2A with more capabilities.

You can adjust Attack, Release time, Ratio And wet/dry function.

Thank you so much .

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Comments & Discussion for AdHd Audio Tools Leveling Tool

Discussion: Active
6 March 2018 at 8:06pm

Sounds good to me but what hardware exactly emulate?

6 March 2018 at 8:36pm


It doesn't exactly emulate any hardware... but it is heavily inspired from the Classic LA-2A Leveling Amplifier.

But I don't want to say that it is emulating it or anything because it doesn't :-) I was only inspired from it.

Best regards.

6 March 2018 at 8:46pm


5 February 2021 at 10:06am

I suggest to add a bypass for envelope (attack/release) and ratio to use it like a real LA-2A... :-).

27 April 2019 at 5:02pm

it s very best 4 finish mix & master totch.




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2 October 2018 at 6:01pm

Is anyone having issues with the 64-bit version in Studio One 3.5 on Windows 10 X64?

12 May 2021 at 3:31am

I'm having issues with the 64-bit version of the plugin (both VST 2.4 and VST 3, same problem) in Studio One 4 on windows 10x64. The signal gets incredibly low even with the gain knob all the way up and the peak knob all the way down. The dry\wet knob makes no effect at all.

11 August 2019 at 1:12pm

it s very best 4 finish mix & master totch. It can work like a buss compressor, because it's glue things together in the full mixes.

7 December 2019 at 4:36am

To anyone using it on a master bus, be aware of the high frequency roll-off. It starts at around 8 kHz and takes away around 1,5-2 dB. I tested it with SC HPF and DRIVE both at 0%, with only 1 dB of gain reduction, 100% WET.

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