We’re all after the most transparent limiter available, or for something that has a unique character. To be honest, we’re currently spoilt for choice. The original LA Xlimit had a very good reputation but was starting to become dated. Enter this latest version, released in the hope that it will put it ahead of the crowd once more.
LA Xlimit is a mastering limiter plug-in with look-ahead, an Inter-Sample-Peak detector and up to eight times oversampling, which have now been improved. In addition, this new version has control over transient behaviour and the character of adaptive release curves. Improvements to its Inter-Sample-Peak detection is apparently achieved via a second stage of limiting.
Designed as a brick-wall limiter for the last stage in your processing chain, with an over-shoot free response from its look-ahead algorithms, oversampling and true-peak limiting, it appears to be aimed at professional use. However, reading current user feedbacks around the internet it doesn’t appear to be completely bug-free on every system just yet. To be honest, this combined with a minimal web site has put me off even trying the demo. I’m very impressed with Ozone and Avid’s Pro limiter at the moment and I don’t want to run the risk of crashing my system. Perhaps I’ve missed something here and you’ve discovered a great sound from LA Xlimit II – why not comment below. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on updates for bug fixes.
TB Pro Audio LA Xlimit II is priced at 99 EUR (+ VAT). “The demo version stops functionality after 90 secs, which can be re-armed by a mouse click on the LA xLimit II logo.” The plug-in runs on Mac OS 10.5 or higher and Windows XP SP3 or higher as 32 or 64 Bit versions of: VST, VST 3, AAX, AU and 32-bit RTAS in all known DAWs. They’ve announced a list of systems that it has been tested on and it isn’t very comprehensive – for example omitting Pro Tools. I personally don’t think this is thorough enough.
More Information: http://www.tb-software.com/TBProAudio/laxlimit2.html