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by G. Reinert (9/14/2016):

Always I looked for a limiter where I could make sound volume without ruining my mix.… Read more

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Precision Limiter

Original UA Designed Premium Performance Look-Ahead Brick-Wall Limiter

The Universal Audio Precision Limiter is a single-band, look-ahead brick-wall limiter made primarily for use with program material. The very easy to use Precision Limiter achieves 100% attack within a 1.5ms look-ahead window, which prevents clipping and guarantees zero overshoot performance. Both the attack and release curves are optimized for professional mastering, which minimizes aliasing.

The Precision Limiter is a colorless, transparent mastering limiter - no upsampling is used, nor does the Precision Limiter pass audio through any filters - audio remains untouched unless the compressor is working, in which case, only gain is affected.

The Precision Limiter also features comprehensive, high-resolution metering and conforms to Bob Katz's "K-system" metering specs. Four metering modes are available: standard Peak-RMS, K12, K14, and K20. This metering allows the user to see what is happening to audio with a great deal of accuracy, with simultaneous RMS and Peak metering and adjustable Peak Hold in all four modes. With metering this comprehensive, the plug-in can also be bypassed and used strictly as a high-resolution meter.

Other features include options for a user-adjustable Release or intelligent Auto Release, which allows for fast recovery--minimizing distortion and pumping. The unique Contour Mode switch offers two different methods to tailor the attack shape and can affect overall "presentation" or perception of how "up front" a track feels. Switching the Contour Mode can be useful on minimal and/or acoustic program material, yielding a more subtle touch.




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  • Neil Mclellan


    "The Precision Limiter is an amazing bit of kit ... It just does amazing things without it taking away the energy of the track."

    Pete Doell

    (Miles Davis, Sheryl Crow, Marilyn Manson)

    From forensics to glorious sound-shaping, UA’s Precision Mastering plug-ins are just indispensable to the way I work.

    Paul Blakemore

    Concord Music Group Mastering

    "The consistently high audio performance, flexibility, and power of the UAD Precision Mastering Bundle make it possible for me to achieve spectacular results in any musical style."

    Adam Blake

    Zoot Woman

    "Whether on single tracks or the overall mix, the Precision Limiter is often the first and usually final choice."

    Aziz Ibrahim

    (Simply Red, The Stone Roses)

    "I found that the Precision tools on the UAD were awesome ... they really hit the nail on the head."

  • John Cuniberti

    (The Meters, Train)

    "For digital EQ I use the UA Precision EQ... and for limiting, the UA Precision Limiter."

    Jonathan Wilson

    (Future Music UK)

    "You’re guaranteed stellar results [with the Precision Limiter], at a price that simply blows the competition away."

    Dweezil Zappa

    (Zappa Plays Zappa)

    "I really like it [Precision Limiter] ... It really does sound good & it has some special elements to it."

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    by G. Reinert(Wednesday 14 September, 2016)

    Always I looked for a limiter where I could make sound volume without ruining my mix. With the Precision Limiter I found. I recommend! Read More

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    by J. Ortega(Friday 26 August, 2016)

    Most transparent limiter I have ever owned. The gain reduction is not harsh at all, very clean (until you starting shoving of course). One of my most used plug-ins. Read More

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    Open my eyes for recording
    by m. nakanami(Friday 19 August, 2016)

    Although I have been using limiter which is bundled in the DAW soft ware, I am not satisfy it, because of sound is not loud and lack of expression. After changing Precision Limiter, recording can be carried out high accuracy level, and I could open my eyes for Mastering.I think that high… Read More

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    Great Results!
    by . (Wednesday 13 July, 2016)

    Very nice limiter for a lot of different material!No distortion and the meters working pretty proper! Precision Limiter starts to became my go to limiter most of the times too.Thanks Universal Audio for the great Limiter!!! Read More

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    A must have for Mastering
    by T. GILCHRIST(Tuesday 12 July, 2016)

    The sound quality of the plug-in is amazing . I use it in conjunction with my outboard hardware . It's a perfect combination because of it's transparency. A must have for post production. Read More


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