Below you will find a comparison of
7 10 popular brickwall limiters with similar settings. I’m not comparing which gets loudest, I’m comparing which can cleanly take a few dB off the top.
Which one sounds the best or has the least artifacts?
The source is a MIDI pattern played through Steven Slate Drums. 24 bit, 44.1kHz. A different limiter plugin was applied with both threshold and ceiling set to -6.5dBFS. Note that Ozone does not allow a ceiling below -5dBFS.
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ADDED JUNE 7
Number 7. The snare was snappy and toms were full. The kick had a really nice sound. And, it seemed fractionally louder.
Numbers 1, 3, and 5 killed the high end.
Numbers 2, 4, 6, and 8 were contenders, but the toms didn’t sound as good.
Very nice comparison, I find I use a different limiter on each track I master, I have 4 limters available and as each has a “tone” associated with it’s use I choice each one based on what I anticipate it will do or not do for any given piece of music. It is almost like applying an EQ as well as an extreme dynamic process. Of coruse the settings on the limiter play a big part in the overall sonic results.
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@Frank, you said the original file killed the high end!
OK, Jon, I’ll rephrase that… I thought that numbers 2,4,6,7, and 8 all sounded as if the high-end was more present, while items 1, 3, and 5 sounded dull in comparison. Given that I didn’t know which of these were the original file, I guess that this statement more accurately reflected what I heard.
I reckon Ozone sounds the most transparent.
Clipper was a close second for me but i think it did add some flavour.
And L2 was very nice maybe caus its so familar.
Not sure but did L1 and L3 make the kick drum sound like a basketball for anybody else?
You should have threw the Massey L2007 in the shootout.
Give it a shot.
Added 3 more limiters to the shootout.
What about the T-Racks Brickwall Limiter?
There are always more options. these are just the 10 master limiters I have installed.
I don’t have that one. If you do, run the first clip through it. Threshold -6.5, ceiling -6.5
Any recommendations for a free brickwall limiter?
No need to squash the mix, just to be sure there is no digital clipping.
@Kato – The demo of Stillwell Event Horizon would work.
Comparing their spectrums, I can say that exactly last 3 (which are added after June 7) keeps spectrum structure and in my opinion are the best ones!
This is amazing, thanks a lot
I loved the Ozone!