W1 Limiter

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Professional sound limiter.
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  w1limiter-win.zip2.8MBWin beta
  w1limiter-osx.zip21.3MBMac '24
  w1limiter_old.zip162KBOld ver

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W1 Limiter has been updated to version 3.0 for macOS and supports Apple Silicon. The old projects saved with the previous version should be able to load, however, the current version hasn't been fully tested. If you came here for a macOS version and it does not perform well, please submit a bug report. 

W1 Limiter is a clone of Waves L1, with identical output, as well as an approximation of Waves L2.

This was accomplished without reverse engineering Waves products, and the result was obtained by adjusting 4Front YLimiter, by doing the following:

  • Simplifying release curve
  • Increasing release time 3 times (see notes below)
  • Altering softening circuit filter

Waves L1 famous limiter (and thus W1 - for compatibility reasons) uses three times longer actual release time than the standard RT60 metric. This means that if you set 50ms release in the limiter, it will actually yield a 150ms standard RT60 release time.

Different engineers recommend different values for release time; the default value is chosen reasonably to provide a smooth limiting for most typical usage of the limiter. If one is not experienced with limiters, it is recommended to keep the default release time.

The current version also adds the adaptive release. I tried to replicate Waves L2; however, their tangent curve is very complex, so I could only approximate its behaviour (which actually should be quite close, but unlike the L1 part, not digitally identical). Waves ARC uses fixed thresholds of 250 and 500ms, while W1 still allows changing release time while in adaptive mode. Also, IDR dithering is not emulated. 

Formats included:

  • AudioUnit (macOS)
  • VST2, VST3 (Windows, macOS) 
  • AAX (only macOS for now)

Please use the download links on the left side of the page. If you need a 2013 version of the macOS limiter, use this link: 2013 version of W1 Limiter for macOS 

 

A comparison to Waves L1 limiter was made on this page:
http://redfaux.typepad.com/the_redfaux_transmission/...-clone.html