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Distopik Precision Series Brickwall Limiter is online!

You can hardly call it a mastering setup without a brickwall limiter, right?

Well, today it's official!

The Distopik Precision Series Brickwall Limiter has been released into the internet. It's one of the fastest analog limiters in the world and is ready for you to have it limit the peaks of your tracks.

It has no knobs by design - it's digitally controllable.
It has no knobs by design - it's digitally controllable.

What so special about this Brickwall Limiter?

It was inspired by one of the Tony Maserati's favorite limiters. The Distopik P.S. Brickwall Limiter retains dynamic information at the tops of the peaks. It also uses no time-delay or phase-shift-delay tricks. The distortion for all levels below the limiting threshold is kept as low as possible.

It features a JFET and a MOSFET mode:

  • the MOSFET is a stiff/hard limiting mode
  • the JFET is a silky/soft mode

Both modes are capable of brickwall limiting and have their own characteristic sounds.!

The Distopik Precision Series Brickwall Limiter's graphical user interface.
The Distopik Precision Series Brickwall Limiter's graphical user interface.

How do I use it?

The Distopik P.S. Brickwall Limiter's controls may seem a bit confusing at first. We'll try to make it easy for you to get the hang of them.

Each channel has an 'INPUT' and an 'OUTPUT' knob. There's also a master 'CEILING' knob and a switch to jump between the two FET modes.

Our converters are referenced to +18 dBu = 0 dBFS and the Brickwall Limiter's internal headroom is +22.5 dBu.

The 'CEILING' knob determines the signal level at which the peak limiter is activated. It can be set from +22 dBu to +10 dBu.

This encompasses the range of 'digital zero' encountered on typical A/D converters. It also provides more room for creative use of the peak limiter at lower levels.

When the 'OUTPUT' is set at unity gain, the 'CEILING' control indicates the maximum output level.

In the example I've been trying to get it to peak at -0.5 and induce up to -2 dB GR.
  1. Set the OUTPUT knobs to unity gain (double-click to default).
  2. Check the peak hold values and set the 'CEILING' to the desired value.
  3. Add as much gain as desired with the 'INPUT' knob.
  4. To precisely level the L and R channel, use the 'OUTPUT' knobs in the 'C IND' mode (channels unlinked).

For best results, set the ceiling to around +15 dB to allow for enough internal headroom. Use the output controls to make up the level to converters' +18 dBu reference.

Ok, now what?

Read more about our digitally controllable brickwall limiter here.

What are you waiting for?

Grab the 300 free mix:analog tokens (MATs) on registration and beat those peaks into submission!