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A Solid Brickwall Limiter - Reviews IK Multimedia T-Racks Brickwall Limiter

The IK Multimedia T racks 'Brickwall Limiter' is available for both Windows and MAC and was totally compatible with my OSX 10.6.8 system with 4GB of RAM using Logic Pro 9. The setup process is sort of straight forward, but it is highly useful if you are installing it on a computer with internet access, otherwise you will be given a code to save to your desktop and transfer onto a computer with internet access so that IK Multimedia's installer can verify you have a legitimate serial number, then you have to transfer more data give to you back to the computer you want to use the plugin on and this will authorise the plugin for that computer. It is understandable given that they want to protect against mass piracy of their product. Once authorised, you just select the plugin from the menu in your DAW and you are good to go, the GUI of the plugin on it's own is simple, clear and easily accessible - unless you are using it within the T racks full skin in which case it might take 10 or 15 minutes to figure the setup out properly. When it comes to T racks plugins and the discussion about the GUI arises, you will always hear people complain about 'that damn dinosaur logo!', in this case i would suggest to suck it up and get used to it because it is here to stay so you might as well learn to love it along with the sound quality of their plugins like this one.


The Brickwall Limiter supports sampling rates up to 192 kHz, ideal for Mastering situations when high sampling rates are benefitial and is fully functioning with 64-bit applications and operating systems. Personally i use it in 32 bit mode in Logic Pro 9 and have never had an unstable moment with the plugin. I have been using it on and off for over a year now, taking time to put it through it's paces as well as trying other limiters at the same time to compare and contrast.

T racks plugins give you the option of turning oversampling mode on or off for most of their plugins these days, and the Brickwall Limiter plugin is no different. However with oversampling turned on the Brickwall Limiter becomes a CPU hog, it can be hard to tell the difference but listen closely and it is there, a smoother high end with a touch of roll off normally but whether your computer's processor will be happy about it is a different matter. If you are going to use it then i would suggest to save the oversampling for mastering only, but in a busy mix with lots of plugins and VST's going on then keeping it off is the way forward to save valuable processing power.


Very good quality for the price, but not the clear, outright winner in this department as the FabFilter Pro-L, Sonnox Limiter, PSP Xenon, Waves L2 and Ozone 5 Limiter (in my experience) all jostle for the top limiter prize, but the T Racks Brickwall limiter can certainly hold it's own and is especially effective in 'Clean' mode for the stereo output bus due to it's transparency and safety. Other modes such as 'advanced' and 'saturation' seem to make a full mix a bit cloudier and roll high end from the top especially when pushed, which is not always ideal for the final output of your mix but can work in some scenarios, it really is dependant on the music like a lot of things and i would suggest trying these on individual tracks and experimenting with exaggerated input levels to give something dull and lifeless a bit of OTT energy to spark things up.

The GUI is impressive in it's fresh, clear and simple look, with large buttons and controls clearly labelled across a futuristic oven like background. It instills confidence in you before you've even heard what it can do which is a plus for the graphic design team at IK Multimedia, but for some people that dinosaur is just too distracting and 'child like' to be considered a serious grown up product, my response to that is to just get over that hurdle and accept the fact that it will never change and realise you are missing out on the quality and options the T Racks plugins provide. If you are on the hunt for clean and loud limiting with flexible but not overbearing alternate options, then you definitely should check out the T Racks Brickwall Limiter.