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A soulful evolution of the legendary British console limiter.

Inspired by the iconic EMI TG limiters from Abbey Road Studios, Chandler Limited’s TG12413 Zener Limiter exudes the sonic majesty of the vintage hardware used to record Pink Floyd and The Beatles. The Chandler Limited TG12413 Zener Limiter is an evolution of historic EMI limiters, and reimagined to work in a modern context. With greatly expanded range and settings, Chandler Limited took the retro sonics of the original EMI hardware a step further.

Now, developed by Softube — and available exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces — the Chandler Limited Zener Limiter plug-in is an exacting emulation of this prized limiter, with extended functionality including Mid/Side processing.

Shape and color your mixes with the only authentic emulation of Chandler Limited's best-in-class limiter

Give your tracks the unique warmth and character of rare zener diode topology

Use the THD feature to easily add rich harmonic distortion to signals

Tame high-frequency transients without losing low-end punch via the Side Chain control

Harness plug-in-only features Mid/Side and Channel Linking to tweak width and punch

Mix with artist presets from Tony Maserati (Beyonce) Howard Willing (Smashing Pumpkins), Kevin Kadish (Jason Mraz), and more

Take a Listen

Take a Listen
Joe Chiccarelli Tips
Joe Chiccarelli Tips

Joe Chiccarelli Tips

UAD Chandler Limited Zener Limiter Plug‑In

A Rare Circuit

A Rare Circuit

Like the classic EMI/Abbey Road TG limiters, the Chandler Limited Zener Limiter’s circuit employs zener diodes — rather than other limiter topologies such as optical (Teletronix LA-2A), FET (1176), or VCA (SSL G-Master Buss) or diode bridge (Neve 33609). Zener diode’s are notoriously challenging to employ, but the payoff is a colorful, punchy, wonderfully fast limiter with personality to spare. Using an advanced algorithm, Softube expertly emulates the Chandler Limited Zener Limiter’s entire circuit, including its transformers and circuit nonlinearities and germanium transistors.

Fine-Tuned Attack and Release

Fine-Tuned Attack and Release

The original EMI limiters featured a single attack setting and six release settings. The Chandler Limited TG12413 Zener Limiter boasts 11 attack and 21 release settings, greatly enhancing its usefulness in your workflows and ensuring just the right setting for your sources.

Expanded Limiting Flavors

Expanded Limiting Flavors

Use the switchable input impedance to drive the Chandler Limited Zener Limiter plug-in for more severe limiting, and tweak the THD control for smooth, organic distortion with a high-frequency bump. The ultra-useful Side Chain feature removes low frequencies feeding the limiter — perfect for gentle limiting on buses or for reducing cymbal splashiness when crushing drum room mics.

Mastering and More

Mastering and More

Like the hardware, the Chandler Limited Zener Limiter plug-in is flexible enough for tracking, mixing, or mastering scenarios. Smooth-out and add character to vocals, picked acoustic guitar, or percussion without losing vital transients, or inject strength and punch to a drum bus. And with the plug-in-only Link and Mid/Side features, the Chandler Limited Zener Limiter plug-in can add bold, warm, vintage shades to your stereo bus or mastering chain.

Chandler Limited and associated logos are trademarks of Chandler Limited used under license. Abbey Road Studios, EMI, TG, RS, Zener Limiter and their associated logos are trademarks of EMI (IP) Limited.

Key Features

Exacting emulation of this modern classic limiter for mixing and mastering, fully authenticated by Chandler Limited
Based on the vintage EMI TG12345 desks used to record The Beatles and Pink Floyd
Models entire Chandler Limited TG12413 Zener Limiter electronic path including transformers and circuit nonlinearities
Plug-in-only features include Mid/Side functionality and channel linking
Includes Artist Presets from Tony Maserati, Joe Chiccarelli, Ryan Hewitt, Howard Willing, Kevin Kadish, and John Rausch

Customer Reviews

Chandler Limited Zener Limiter

Overall Rating

F. ALAIN

September 17, 2022

Excellent !

Un outil superbe pour donner une définition très précise et très musicale tant sur les instruments solos que sur le Master Bus.Félicitations à l’équipe d' UAD .

A. Picciafuochi

July 24, 2022

Limiter doesn't just mean loudness

This Limiter should not be used to squeeze every fraction of dB from your music, but to refine its packaging in a musical way.

G. Nostra

May 21, 2022

Best limiter on the net!

I love this thing!

J. Love

April 6, 2022

Very satisfied!

No surprises. I got what I have come to expect for UA. Another great tool in my virtual rack.

R. Willem

January 6, 2022

Exelent vibe!

Ads great energy to drums, guitars and vocals for me. And it’s also killer on the mix bus. Realy edgy plugin with loads of attitude. God options with MS and the hipass sidechain. The THD option is great for making auxes shine even more.

M. Hara

December 23, 2021

Excellent.

I have always used it for percussive sounds.
Simple to use and changes the sound.

E. Jegu

December 16, 2021

Not essential

Good in some situations !

j. pauze

December 16, 2021

Wow!

A simply amazing and powerful plug in that every mixer and producer should have in their toolbox!! :). Does justice to the real thing!

F. Grüber

July 13, 2021

A monster!

Love it on drums buses, also as parallel drums/bass compressor

A. Miyamoto

July 7, 2021

great character and sound

I find this plug-in powerful and the great character and sound is very appealing.

H. Linderman

June 15, 2021

Plug In vs Hardware Differences

I own the hardware version and use it regularly on my 2 bus. I recently tried the plug vs my hardware piece and was pleasantly surprised, however there were some differences. First, the level for the same settings was different, with the plug in being 2 clicks louder. (This could be due to the calibration of my converters.) Once I reduced the plug in's output, I could listen closely and found that the hardware is a bit sweeter in the high end, while the plug is slightly trashy sounding. It's not extreme, and I may end up buying the plug so I can work away from the hardware piece, but they do not sound the same. I don't know if this is intentional or simply a limitation of the tech.

R. Tulloch

April 9, 2021

Very Musical so make sure your talent needs no vocal tuning

Love to use it on Very Accurate vocals it shines right true

F. Sparagna

February 1, 2021

Not entirely compatible with Console 1

Originally exclusive for UA and compatible with Console 1, but with the filter to comp section unable to work. Buy it if you will NOT use it without Console 1. Plugins needs to be updated.

P. Jacobsson

January 25, 2021

Yes!

Versatile and powerful.

F. Sparagna

January 20, 2021

Not entirely compatible with Console 1

Originally exclusive for UA and compatible with Console 1, but with the filter to comp section unable to work. Buy it if you will use it without Console 1. Plugins needs to be updated.

b. zucchetti

January 9, 2021

Top One ! as the original hardware and everything of UAudio !

Top One and Legendary.... Must to have !
A great big portable studio in my Mac !
By the time and waiting the right promotion i will buy everything of UAudio!

J. Neves

December 2, 2020

Fantastic!!!

This is an amazing plugin....words fail to describe how cool it is.

J. Moore

November 12, 2020

Wow!

This thing can slam and be subtle, I absolutely love it.

R. Somerville

November 1, 2020

Chandler Limite Zener Limiter

Choice plugin with extra features from the hardware.Absolutely smashing on the drum buss.Highly recommended. Somerville & Wilson

R. Pallone

October 26, 2020

One size does not fit all

I purchased this plug-in after watching the UA video about it. It took me a little while to get comfortable using it but now I love it. It's nice to have a few "GO-TO" limiters and compressors to use on your drum mix. I have discovered that one size does not fit all in that use. Some limiters work better with different drum kits and now I feel I have all these bases covered.