Brainworx bx_limiter Plug-in

Track Limiter Plug-in with Saturation Control and Advanced Automation Capabilities - Mac/PC AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, AudioSuite, RTAS, VST2, VST3
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Win the Loudness War!

Far from over, the so-called "loudness war" dominating rock and pop music for the past few decades has only become more and more critical for modern music engineers to understand. When it comes to getting your mixes radio ready, the Brainworx bx_limiter is an invaluable tool. For starters, it's lightweight enough that you'll have no problem putting bx_limiter on all of your tracks, which is a good thing, because that's exactly what it's meant for. What's more, this easy-to-use limiter features Brainworx's XL saturation, so you can boost up your loudness while keeping your levels in check.

Brainworx bx_limiter Mixing Limiter Plug-in at a Glance:
  • Rein in the volume, pump up the loudness
  • Built to make automation easy and rewarding
  • An ideal limiter for all of your mix tracks
Rein in the volume, pump up the loudness

One of the things that Sweetwater Sales Engineers often find themselves explaining is the difference between perceived loudness and actual volume. The Brainworx bx_limiter plug-in does an excellent job illustrating this point, thanks to the onboard XL distortion function. It's not distortion in the sense of what you use to drive guitar signal, but rather a subtle warmth and excited quality that makes whatever you run though it sound louder without actually increasing the volume. So, while you're using bx_limiter to actually drop the overall volume of a track, you can also use it to make it appear louder in the mix.

Built to make automation easy and rewarding

It's 100% clear that Brainworx designed the bx_limiter with automation in mind. For starters, you can automate each of bx_limiter's parameters, allowing you to make create swells or increase saturation over time. Even cooler, bx_limiter features four settings slots that let you instantly switch between complex settings, and you can automate them. This allows you to run bx_limiter effectively on submixes and totally change their sound from one song section to another.

An ideal limiter for all of your mix tracks

Brainworx makes limiters for both mixing and mastering, and Sweetwater is proud to offer both. Unlike its heavyweight counterpart, the bx_XL mastering limited, the bx_limiter plug-in is intended to be used across your entire mix to pump up your overall loudness and stabilize the volume of your mix. While it's perfectly capable of squashing your tracks or submixes into submission (a cool effect, when used sparingly) bx_limiter is prefect for ensuring a stable output for each channel with a predictable amount of headroom. Once all of your tracks are more or less smooth and level, you'll get a ton more milage out of your mastering limiter. And since Brainworx designed bx_limiter to be extremely light on processor power, you can feel free to apply it liberally.

Brainworx bx_limiter Mixing Limiter Plug-in Features:
  • An extremely CPU-friendly track limiter that can help you pump up your mix
  • Easy-to-use controls make managing track volume easy
  • 1-Click Fader Link function lets you drive you signal harder into the limiter for squashed effects
  • Onboard XL saturation (taken from the bx_XL mastering limiter) lets you increase perceived loudness
  • Adjustable release times and Output Dim volume adjustment lets you control dynamic behavior
  • Wet/Dry mix control lets you blend in unaffected signal to restore transients under heavy limiting
  • Seamless Channel Link lets you blend between unlinked and linked peak detection
  • 4 settings presets slots lets you switch between complex configurations via simple automation
  • Compatible with AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, AudioSuite, RTAS, VST2, and VST3 plug-in hosts on your Mac or Windows PC
When loudness matters, the Brainworx bx_limiter plug-in belongs in your DAW!

Tech Specs

Software Type Limiter
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Format AAX DSP, AAX Native, RTAS, VST2, VST3, AU, Audio Suite
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel CPU 2GHz or higher, 2GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 Instruction Set, Pentium 4 2GHz or higher, 2GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.6-10.10
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7, 8
Manufacturer Part Number PA-BWX-limiter

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