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by M. Bongiovanni (8/1/2015):

I love this plug in, so clean so transparent. It will be in my mastering chain. Read more

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Precision Limiter Plug-In

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 indispensable.”

    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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    This Thing put the LIM in Limiter
    by M. Bongiovanni(Saturday 1 August, 2015)

    I love this plug in, so clean so transparent. It will be in my mastering chain. Read More

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    the best limiter!
    by I. Papagiannidis(Tuesday 2 June, 2015)

    the best limiter! i rally love it to control the volume even to raise the volume without having picks! Read More

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    by S. San Martin(Monday 4 May, 2015)

    Precision Limiter keeps the mix dynamics punchy and sharp though the full-frequency spectrum. It offers a wide range of transparent gain reduction or boosting with very few controls for fast tweaking. The major choice is: which of 4 algorithms to run; A or B for a faster or more subtle… Read More

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    by . (Sunday 19 April, 2015)

    I'm no mastering engineer but I can hear the difference between some of the other limiters out there, quite simply it does it's job with out adding nasty artefacts. Great tool for mixing and sending a premaster version to clients. (or they can use the volume knob!) Read More

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    Precision Limiter
    by K. Storkås(Wednesday 15 April, 2015)

    This plugin can make your master loud! Its way better than L2 i think. Its smooth and does its thing. Good sound quality. I haven't got any experience with good hardware limiters in a pro mastering chain, but this certainly does the job on rough mixes to send to clients, and i use it to… Read More


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