Chandler Limited® Zener Limiter®

Chandler Limited® Zener Limiter®

$299.00

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$299.00
4.9/5
(86 reviews)

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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.

Now You Can:

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

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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

4.9/5
(86 reviews)

A. Gorman

June 30, 2019

Love it

For Parallel drums and vocals, there's nothing better. Great modelling too..

A. Tomashenko

June 16, 2019

Parallel compression for the drum bus

Really like it's caracter, It brings your drum bus to life. Must have mixing live drums!

G. Westwood

May 28, 2019

This Ones Out There With The Best

Been using this with the Chandler Limited Curve Bender EQ and what a combination.
Gives me that subtle control I need for mixing and mastering.

L. Zavala

April 6, 2019

Blind Buy...

Blind bought this and have been VERY happy with it. No regrets whatsoever <3 Must have for Drums and Guitar!

A. Heinzelmann

March 31, 2019

Great Mastering Tool

I use ther Chandler Limited Zener Limiter Plugin at the last position in my mastering chain and it sounds great. Absoluteley a MUST HAVE

L. Zavala

March 23, 2019

Another fantastic plugin!

This is yet another example of why I love Universal Audio so much. I've been working with the Chandler Curve Bender for awhile now, and I can say that using this to finish off a master is just GOLD every time.

P. Calabria

March 21, 2019

BIG AND FAT!!!


A real secret weapon for my drums !!! Simple: request the Demo version, use it and after 10 minutes you will surely have bought it !!!

D. Henry

February 9, 2019

I love when I drop money and don’t regret it one bit.

This compressor is terrific for just about anything but I had it on a guitar buss and I dialed in a setting that allowed the guitars to breakthrough a busy mix but still allow the other instruments to exist. What a gem!

D. Perini

February 8, 2019

Chandler Limited Zener Limiter

Chandler Limited Zener Limiter very useful as limiter!!!

h. hyakkoku

February 7, 2019

Good sound!!

I really love this plugin!!
Especially I like to plug this into the Master Bus in "THD" mode.

J. Thako

December 21, 2018

Badass compressor ever on drums

I’ve tried so many compressors for drum parallel compression and nothing comes close to the Zener for me. Upsolutely amazing, hands down...

j. Kim

December 17, 2018

Powerful Comp

I love it this compressor~
Very Puncy and powerful Sound~!

H. Zwarts

December 15, 2018

topper!

Klinkt erg goed, goed inzetbaar. Erg blij mee.

R. Bogdanovic

December 5, 2018

Favorite drum and buss comp/limiter

Never touched the original harware unit, but plugin definitelly comes with lots of attitude and character

P. OakwoodProductions LTD

October 9, 2018

Fantastic Drum Buss Limiter

My Brother has the real unit and we A/B'd them. The processing is amazingly similar. The hardware still has the edge but the plugin is worth it's weight in gold. This is my favourite drum buss Limiter. Using it for parallel limiting, mixing it with the unlimited signal is killer. It adds punch and depth to the drum sound and really helps the track rock! Top Job guys.

S. Pedneault

June 27, 2018

«Ze» Compressor!!

Killer on parallel drum bus!!

UAD User

June 19, 2018

Drums Got The Juice

Amazing with my drum bus setup. I definitely recommend this to any serious mixing/mastering engineer or producer.

D. van Haarlem

April 14, 2018

My favorite vintage color box!

I love this on drums and vocals that need to get that little extra punch and/or gritt. THD mode on parallel tracks. It's a versatile creative monster. In combination with the Curve Bender it's awesome to get that vintage character.

T. Brighton

April 1, 2018

Chandler Limited Zener Limiter

Love it , great on drum buss

G. Pflueger

March 14, 2018

I discovered this and got addicted ...

I know this is meant to be more of a mastering tool. But it is by far my favourite drum compressor. I can`t really explain why this is audibly better than nearly every other drum bus compressor but I prefer it with acoustic drums as well as drum machine tracks. This simulated unit from the past is magic for bringing EDM beats to life, make them fatter, add a little dirt and scratches and make them a great foundation for whatever is layered on top of it.