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Limiter №6

Limiter №6

- 5 modules: RMS compressor, peak limiter, high-frequency limiter, clipper, true peak limiter
– high-quality signal processing to use for mastering purposes
– brickwall and soft limiting with different timing settings
– M/S and multiband modes
– optional 4x oversampling
– true inter-sample peaks (ISP) limiting
– analog-style indication
– 2 different GUIs

Check also [the manual].

[downloads page]

GUI №1:

[GUI №2]

Video:


Also: [Limiter №6 quick review (日本語版)]

History:

2013-02-13: v1.0.2:
– Less intensive animation (to save CPU cycles);
– Stereo-linked mode in peak-limiter was significantly improved;
– Numeric parameter values now editable (excluding 32-bit AU version);
– Modes I-III of peak limiter were slightly changed;
– AU version added

2012-08-31: v1.0.1:
– Mac VST 64-bit support;
– Fixed CPU-related GUI issues;
– Support of DirectX acceleration for Vista/Seven (less CPU for graphics)

2012-06-25: v1.0 release

Author:

Vladislav Goncharov
http://vladgsound.wordpress.com

Done in collaboration with:

Dax Liniere
http://puzzlefactory.com.au

Thanks also:

Vitaly Zolotarev
Dean Aka Nekro
Jay Key
Jonas Ekström
Paul Schwartz
Ryoma Nishiyama
Alexey Lukin
Bill Cammack

97 responses to “Limiter №6

  1. Cesar Valentine 2012/06/26 at 19:35

    thanks ! on va tester cash cette bombe !

  2. acoustopia 2012/06/26 at 20:02

    How cool is this? Well done Vlad, and it sounds as good as it looks! Gonna put it through the paces against the other limiters in my plugins folder…I know there will be casualties tonight, resulting in far less plugins to waste my time :-).
    Talk about a godsend…sincere thanks again!

  3. Lesha 2012/06/26 at 20:52

    very nice work, thanks for this!
    holds it’s own against the best commercial plugins.

  4. Newport 2012/06/28 at 21:14

    Excellent work! Still getting to grips with it, but initial impressions are good – certainly up there with the best! Thanks for doing this & sharing.

  5. Alan in Washington DC 2012/06/30 at 19:40

    This looks like it would make a good airchain processor for a small AM radio station. I am going to give it a try and report my findings.

    • vladgsound 2012/06/30 at 20:06

      It is very interesting to know the results!

      • ivansc 2012/07/01 at 03:31

        Word is that there is a slight issue with cpu usage?

      • vladgsound 2012/07/01 at 15:21

        On my AMD Athlon 7750 2-core, 2.7 GHz, Windows Vista:
        7.8% – Master_1 preset at 44.1 kHz project (for high sample rates you should turn off oversampling)
        13.8% – maximum possible (CPU values are from Reaper DAW)

        On test MacBook Pro 4, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.5 GHz, Mac OS X 10.5:
        18.8% – Master_1 preset
        27.4% – maximum possible

  6. Dima 2012/07/02 at 03:51

    Спасибо большое! Красивый плагин.

  7. Newport 2012/07/04 at 10:49

    Fantastic! One of the best limiters I’ve ever used. Thanks for all your work and for sharing this with us!

  8. Robert Cooke (@boyatheart) 2012/07/05 at 22:21

    Truly great-sounding plugin. Shocking price and the bonus is that it works in the VST to RTAS wrapper in Protools. A future AAX version would be nice and I’d be happy to pay for that!

  9. nikiT 2012/07/21 at 14:37

    Круто, Влад, спасибо Вам и остальным разработчикам, которые помогали в разработке Molot и Limiter №6.
    “Q-Valda” – хорошо подойдёт название для “EQ + Compressor”, или что-то в этом роде)

    • vladgsound 2012/07/21 at 22:14

      Спасибо! Остальных, правда, сложно назвать разработчиками. Скорее люди, которые давали ценные советы. Полезные и вредные :-)

  10. Nick T (@sturmen) 2012/07/24 at 21:33

    Looks awesome! Do you plan for a 64-bit Mac VST version? Ableton just put out a beta of 64bit Live and I’m trying to switch over to that.

  11. Alex 2012/08/06 at 20:08

    Check out my first mix where I used this limiter during mastering (caution, heavy!). The plugin is awesome!
    [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/2230331" height="200" iframe="true" /]

  12. Alex 2012/08/06 at 20:10

    Check out my first mix where I used this limiter during mastering (caution, heavy!). The plugin is awesome!

  13. Simon 2012/08/08 at 22:15

    Thank you a lot. It sound great.

  14. Apple Addict 2012/08/14 at 05:09

    would be nice if there was an AU version

  15. giovanni conti 2012/08/23 at 02:04

    great great great, i find it compares favourably with Voxengo Elephant, i manage to get the track to sound more aggressive with less artifacts. On the sweetspot, it has a beautiful effect on the bass, making it more enveloping and 3D.
    One suggestion: could you make the crossover frequency for the Hifreq limiter variable?
    Maybe one knob to set the lower limit, or even better two knobs to isolate a defined frequency range?
    Thanks a lot,
    keep up the good work !
    Gio @ AM

  16. Geoff 2012/09/02 at 23:32

    please add version number and manifest to all your windows dlls

  17. Alex 2012/11/22 at 20:11

    I really want to try this in Logic, is there an AU version coming soon?
    Thanks for your work!

  18. David Peter 2012/11/29 at 20:37

    Hi!!!!!! i can’t seem to find the download link for Limiter No6!! i need it too

  19. pryorclifton 2012/12/04 at 04:13

    protolols uses rtas id there a rtas version for protools

  20. Arthur 2012/12/05 at 15:20

    This plugin is amazing, really. Was having problems with a very distorted sound in my current mix, while trying to match levels of some late metal albums (using albums by Andy Sneap as reference). Tried Reaper limiter, registered version of Barricade, W1, Loudmax, demos of Waves ones and Mellowmuse (which has some nice character) – but all destroyed the sound.
    Inserted Limiter No6 in the channel, and firstly, still not sounded good. Patiently tuned each section from zero and – voila! Had a clean sound, with amazing transients and with the same level of Accept’s Blood of the Nations album.
    For producers with budget problems, I must say this is an essential addition!
    Thank you so much.
    Arthur (Brazil)

  21. sunny_j 2013/01/14 at 04:42

    Nice limiter. Can you provide the NON-GUI version like molot?

  22. max 2013/01/17 at 09:41

    Any prognosis on the Mac os X AU version?

  23. Liviouz 2013/02/06 at 21:12

    unfortunately always crashes my cubase 6 =( loding the plugin and than i get the message,,cubase 6 does not work anymore,runtime..blah error… anybody got a clue…?

  24. Murray Campbell 2013/02/10 at 09:11

    32 and 64 bit AU in Logic…VERY cool Vlad, nice work

    Thanks
    Murray (Beatworld)

  25. dddux 2013/02/16 at 02:33

    Thank you, Vlad! Especially for the non-GUI version! Cheers!

    • vladgsound 2013/02/16 at 03:48

      Oops! It seems this non-GUI build doesn’t have all latest changes. Please, re-download it!
      http://dl.dropbox.com/u/18475891/Limiter6-v102-nogui.zip

      • dddux 2013/02/16 at 18:03

        Thank you so much Vlad! Your initiative to provide us with “no GUI” versions of your plugins for us who like to use ears instead of eyes to mix should set an example for other developers. The biggest problem with mixing with eyes is that you simply cannot help yourself to do it! So this way one is simply forced to do it. :) Thank you once again!

  26. dddux 2013/02/16 at 02:37

    The thing about your limiter is the concept. The concept is amazing and how it’s supposed to be done in mastering. Very well thought of. ;) Compressor>limiter>clipper. It’s suitable for all kinds of music. I usually just use a little bit of compression before limiting, and rely a lot on ISP limiter, since I don’t limit much. I just need it to “glue” the track, and get rid of the highest peaks.

    • vladgsound 2013/02/16 at 03:51

      My initial concept was to simulate analog limiter and ADC clipping after it. Unfortunately, I failed this concept. But anyway, finally we have not a bad plug-in! :-)

  27. Jacinto 2013/02/28 at 02:15

    Can´t download the plugins:
    {“error”: “Host: rpc.dropbox.com:443, FE: None, X-Dropbox-RequestId: None, X-Dropbox-App-Error: None, Service Unavailable”}

  28. Jacinto 2013/02/28 at 02:18

    Ok thanks. The plugin seems great.

  29. skrillex 2013/03/14 at 22:38

    love it seems 2 work

  30. Stan 2013/05/02 at 07:02

    A non-SSE2 compile would be nice if it is possible, since I have some PIII workstations that I wish I could run this on.

    • vladgsound 2013/05/06 at 16:45

      Hi! Oversampling code was manually optimized using SSE2 instructions. Also “precise” mode for ISP limiter uses this oversampling code. Hmm, I’m not sure it is possible to disable optimized oversampling code and get good enough performance… But I should think a bit…

  31. SJ 2013/05/09 at 22:19

    WOW! I’m using Limiter No. 6 on a metal mix right now in Logic x64 and it’s really amazing. On the drum buss, it just really glued the whole kit together. I haven’t started mastering with it yet, but cycled through the presets. Pretty exciting stuff man!

  32. Gearóid Ó' Maolchulainn 2013/06/12 at 16:44

    The plug-ins aren’t showing up in Pro-Tools. VST to RTAS wrapper is showing them as invalid….

    • DarkMedievalTimes 2013/06/12 at 16:46

      The plug-ins aren’t showing up in Pro-Tools. VST to RTAS wrapper is showing them as invalid….Is there anything I can do to get them working? I’m using Pro Tools 10

  33. DarkMedievalTimes 2013/06/12 at 16:52

    I forgot to mention I’m using Windows 7 64 bit

  34. DarkMedievalTimes 2013/06/12 at 17:20

    Hi Vlad, just to let you know I got it working and the plugins sound amazing. I was copying the 64.dll files instead of the unmarked extensions.
    Donation on the way : D

  35. Clint Martin 2013/09/15 at 02:15

    What happened to the blue gui? Not the one with the yellow “LimiterNo.6″, but another. I had to completely re-boot my PC and use a backup from Nov 2012 and I had the blue one. It looks really good, but you’ve updated since then and fixed the stereo linked option so…I wish I knew how to post a pic.

  36. Robert Fischer 2013/09/25 at 01:45

    This thing sounds amazing! And such a great Concept, having the different modules, each working just a little, all together creating this rich awesomeness at a reaaly low amount of unwanted distortion! Seems like you guys really know your mastering…. Absolutely love it!
    Used it on EVERY project I’ve been working on since I got it 4 weeks ago! And I have a lot of tools:)
    Keep up the amazing work….

  37. Clint Martin 2013/10/07 at 01:28

    There that sexy gui is! As promised…Donation sent! Thanks Vlad!

  38. dj cany 2013/10/07 at 07:22

    that is good, but i want to know which plugn is latest for mastering

  39. Sebastian 2013/10/17 at 22:23

    How to switch between GUI #1 & GUI #2?

  40. ipp 2013/11/27 at 22:23

    Arrgh, this seems to crash in 64bit consistently for me (OS X 10.6.8). Shame, because it is an amazing Limiter/clipper/compressor; right up there with the best.

  41. Bob Bloomfield. 2013/12/10 at 10:07

    Very impressed, best free limiter i have ever used!

  42. a.wil 2013/12/27 at 04:53

    it cant see any of the plugins in my pro tools

  43. a.wil 2013/12/27 at 04:55

    i installed them and i dont see it in my pro tools

  44. a.wil 2013/12/27 at 05:36

    I CANT FIND LIMITER NO6 IN MY PRO TOOLS AFTER I INSTALLED IT!

  45. Gaetan 2013/12/29 at 02:46

    Great plug-in !! I still have to learn much about it but it’s just what I need.
    It’s fantastic that guys like you are working on free plug-ins. Of course I donate with pleasure !
    Thank you very much and best wishes for 2014

  46. Aschantie Ellmarc 2014/01/27 at 01:56

    A BIG THANK for a wonderful plugin ( MOLOT naturally also !). Very successful graphic arts . Great work !

  47. Skel 2014/02/06 at 15:34

    Hello and thank you for your amazing tools! Especially the Limiter No. 6 – i got hooked to it instantaneously and it is my go-to Master-Bus Limiter from now on. I don’t need no other limiter anymore (and I tried a lot from Waves L2/L3 to Oxford Limiter and what not). The Compressor > Limiter Part works so charmingly well together and the GUI no. 2 fits my taste perfectly. It’s a great compromise between graphics (thanks for the VU Meters!), simplicity and usability. I should mention the small-screen friendly size, too. I don’t like unnecessary big plugin GUIs.

    I have a question though: I read in one of your comments on this blog that you have a commercial version in mind. Since you teamed up with Tokyo Dawn Labs and you’re working on a new version of the plugin, will this be free or will it be the commercial version you mentioned in the comments section? If that would be the case I would just wait for the plugin and buy it on this way. :)

    Thank you for your amazing work!

    • vladgsound 2014/02/06 at 16:06

      Hi Skel! Thanks! Right now I’m working on commercial AAX version of Limiter6. It’ll be released under Tokyo Dawn Labs label. This commercial version will also include VST/AU. The functionality of this version is mostly the same but extended a bit (threshold control for compressor, A/B settings, preset manager, undo/redo and so on). I have plans to continue development of Limiter6 either in a form of version with reduced knobs (simpler to use) or in a form of a bundle where each Limiter section is a separate plugin with extended functionality.

  48. Iesta 2014/04/14 at 23:40

    Hi vladgsound,

    I just want to say thank you for the love of Music. This is the first time I can compete against commercial level.
    I finally found a plugin to express my music at his maximal level so thank you Man really it’s realy important to me

  49. mikeg 2014/05/01 at 16:46

    Great Limiter, thank you very much, Vlad!
    In 64-bit windows version the GUI is the same (alternative) for both dlls, would be nice if you could fix it!

  50. 'Boutbeats Flo 2014/05/07 at 23:51

    wow… this is awesome, replaced my commercial plug with this!! crazy… thanks!! bless up!!

  51. Kris 'PsyKo' HakuKaze 2014/05/22 at 19:12

    Hi!
    First: A big warm and thankful thank! (yup!) :)
    I can’t remember how I found your plugins, perhaps when I was looking for a brickwall limiter… Or, when I was crawling on the web at 3 a.m. between 2 song mixes… :) Anyway, since they have AU versions, I’ve used them on most of my mixes. I really like how they sound.
    But, since the last Logic Pro X (10.0.7), when I put the Limiter N°6 (and sometimes Molot) on any track, my DAW goes AWOL :/
    So, I went back to the 10.0.6, and…
    Sometimes it closes, and I see the “The application quit unexpectedly” pop-up, sometimes it just closes and does nothing more, sometimes my DAW continues to work and tells me “Failed to load Audio Unit, please contact the manufacturer for an updated version or further assistance” and sometimes… It just works!
    It’s kind of weird.
    Do you have a bugtracking system? Somewhere where we can put our crashlogs?

    • Kris 'PsyKo' HakuKaze 2014/05/22 at 20:55

      Oh, and I forgot to mention the common denominator to most of the crashes :
      Thread 0 Crashed:: Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread
      0 libobjc.A.dylib 0x00XXXXXXXXXXXXXX objc_msgSend_stret + 27

  52. Ian 2014/06/19 at 03:41

    Vlad, this is a seriously beautiful piece of virtual gear. I’ve used all the “magic limiters” from Waves and others and if you know what you’re doing, you can get cleaner, louder and more dynamic results all day long. Basically Molot and Limiter 6 live in my mastering chain.

  53. Keith 2014/07/24 at 01:40

    Thanks, this plugin is great! Any chance a newer version should cut down on CPU usage? With certain projects, this plugin is slowing down playback.

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