Chandler Limited® Zener Limiter®
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
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UAD Chandler Limited Zener Limiter Plug‑In
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
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
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
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.
“ The UAD Chandler Limited Zener Limiter captures the character and functionality of the hardware. Having the luxury of a plug-in version when I’m traveling makes me more productive and in touch with my sound.”
– Tony Maserati (Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Jason Mraz)
“I’ve been lacking aggressive compressor plug-ins. The Chandler Limited Zener Limiter fills that gap! It’s similar to the classic TG-1, but with more precise attack and release times, while still maintaining that snappy limiting feel.”
– Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers)
“The Chandler Limited Zener Limiter is my ‘go-to’ compressor for every drum session. It works perfectly on room and overhead mics, adding tone and length to percussive sounds.”
– Joe Chiccarelli (Jason Mraz, Beck, The Strokes, Morrissey)
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.
December 15, 2017
Cant find the words. Wow wow!!!!Read More
November 30, 2017
amazing! great compressor!Read More
November 10, 2017
I haven't been using this thing for long, but it's already hard to imagine life without it. Few plugins have impressed me more, I think. Highly recommended.Read More
November 6, 2017
amazing, amazing, amazing!!!Read More
October 2, 2017
I wrote a review!
September 1, 2017
Bought this, Curve Bender and the VariMu on a deal. Already was a big fan of the Abbey Road comps but this thing is huge on everything and the THD just blows me away, wish I hadn't...Read More
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
Chandler Limited Zener Limiter
Cant find the words. Wow wow!!!!
I haven't been using this thing for long, but it's already hard to imagine life without it. Few plugins have impressed me more, I think. Highly recommended.
amazing, amazing, amazing!!!
I wrote a review!
Bought this, Curve Bender and the VariMu on a deal. Already was a big fan of the Abbey Road comps but this thing is huge on everything and the THD just blows me away, wish I hadn't bothered with the varimu now but I'll probably find a use down the line. Love this beast though.
So much character in this thing. The 3 modes are extremely useful on single instruments and busses. Trying put the limit on bass or guitars.
Blew me away.
This caught me by suprise. I demo'd this plugin and immediately bought it. Couldn't be more impressed. It excels on Overheads, Room mics or just anything you want to beat up. Its now in my template about 10 minutes after demoing.
Real sounding and universal!
Used it on several mixes and styles and does the job very wel! Sometimes is only put in on the bus is just enough... ;) Or if you want to colour en give your mix a specific sound, this thing has it!
Tonal coloration for days
This gem works both on the master as a limiter to give your songs a harmonic rich finish and M/S touchup PLUS on single tracks to give ie. vocals or drums more grit and punch through a mix. It's one of those must-haves in my toolbox, which comes to use most of the times.
I still had the old TG-Limiter plugins by Abbey Road, but this thing knocks them out of the park! Love the flexibility with the added compressor and the THD-Mode is insane on a drumbus.
And then there was light
This is THE item why I went for UAD, after having a friend's device for a mix. I don't know the original, but the emulation, acts on a mix, like when you open the curtain in the morning. You can tell that it is morning, but when you open the curtain, you get blinded by the light. This Chandled is just amazing to me.
Crunch and Tone
The Chandler Limited Zener Limiter marks another milestone in UAD plugins. The Curve Bender was already stunning but the Zener Limiter is yet another step up. This thing is a real tone beast. I love the coloration! The plugin is a great tool for adding sparkle in the THD mode or to crunch parallel busses of drums or anything for that matter in the Limit mode. To me this is as close as it gets to analogue, at least until Softube push the boundaries once again. Thank you Softube and UA!
I recently picked this up for a specific mix project, and I already loved using some of the Chandler hardware. The first mix I'm working on for a classic rock band's new EP, and I am loving what its doing on the Mix Buss. Everything I heard and saw from the promo videos for the Zener Limiter were what sold me on giving this things a try. I'm glad I did. Great piece of gear!
Unlike any other
I'm loving this limiter, and by that I mean I mostly use it in the limiting mode where you get a gorgeously squishy smack. Definitely not good for everything, but when it's the right choice it's awesome. Love the m/s feature for mastering as well. One of my favourite and most unique pieces from UAD.
Having started with one of Paul Wolff's prototype 2500s (UA, talk to paul and add the flavor that the production models don't have), and adding a UBK Fatso (come on UA it's time to do this as well), The Chandler Zener gives me all of the colors that my compression palate could ever need in addition to the two hardware comps on the high end side, no ginger needed. Very well done.
this Chandler has character
I have yet to spent too much time getting to know this plug but so far I really do love the character of this plugin. It has a somewhat limited range of use and is great for some things and not so on others, but that is just about any plugin. One of my favourites at the moment on drum buses and also get's use on various other instruments on both individual tracks and bus work.
A Day in the Life
I was mixing a string section on a track and thought, "Let's try that compressor plugin from Abbey Road"... Wow , it sounds just like the Bea.... really! Try it!
works great on Acc. gtr's too... w/ the Curve Bender if you need it..
Makes everything pop
Subtle but oh so powerful, lucky Beatles and now I own it too...The Beatles for gods sake!
The mid/side feature is a great bonus as well as the advanced settings the original doesn't have. Easy to dial in a really satisfying sound. I don't need much more than this...