Plugin Alliance and Brainworx have released bx_limiter True Peak. Designed from the ground up as a true peak limiter, Brainworx says that bx_limiter TP lets you achieve the desired loudness without introducing distortion through inter-sample peaks.
Plugin Alliance Brainworx bx_limiter True Peak
According to Brainworx, the new mastering limiter plug-in was created to overcome the shortcomings of other true peak limiters. The company says that unlike most other true peak limiters, bx_limiter True Peak was designed from scratch to avoid problems like an unstable low end, distorted stereo imaging, washed-out transients and other artifacts.
To achieve this, bx_limiter True Peak relies on ‘Selective Oversampling’ technology. It uses oversampling only where it improves the signal and avoids it where it might diminish the sound quality. Together with an advanced look-ahead design and high speed, the limiter delivers a tighter, more accurate low-end and better stereo imaging than the competition, Brainworx promises.
In addition to the essential controls of a limiter (gain, ceiling, release), bx_limiter True Peak offers integrated low and high pass filters and the proprietary ‘XL’ saturation algorithm. There’s also a ‘Foundation’ filter, which lets you dial in the desired amount of “heft, weight, tightness, or clarity”, according to Brainworx.
Next to the traditional level and gain reduction meters, you’ll find a customizable loudness meter that helps to hit a specific loudness target. There’s also a correlation meter for keeping an eye on phase coherence. And you can monitor the center, sides and L/R channels separately (including solo in place).
I think that bx_limiter TP is a very promising new option for a true peak limiter plug-in. If it sounds as good as the developer claims, it’ll quickly make its way into many mastering engineers’ plug-in folders.
Price and compatibility
Plugin Alliance Brainworx bx_limiter True Peak is now available for an introductory price of $249.99. The regular price will be $299. It’s also included in the Plugin Alliance Mega, Mix & Master, Essential and Brainworx bundles at no extra cost. A free 14-day trial version is available from the developer’s website.
The plug-in requires macOS 10.9 through 11.0.1 or Windows 7 through 10. It comes in VST, VST3, AU, AAX DSP and AAX Native formats.