Sep 28, 2023

Universal Audio Launches Precision Limiter

Published Aug 29, 2004

Universal Audio, a manufacturer of high-quality vintage audio hardware and DSP software plug-ins for digital audio workstations, today announced the new UA Precision Limiter plug-in for the UAD-1 DSP Card. A fully functional 14-day demo version of the Precision Limiter is available as part of the free v3.6 software upgrade for UAD-1 downloadable immediately from Registered UAD-1 customers at can also purchase a fully authorized version of the Precision Limiter.

"We spent considerable time researching both the audio processing characteristics and metering/ballistics of the world's best mastering limiters to ensure our own UA Precision Limiter was perfectly-tuned for maximum transparency and sonic integrity," said Joe Bryan, VP of Engineering for Universal Audio. "The UA Precision Limiter with its new, proprietary UA algorithm, leverages the floating-point, vector processing power of the UAD-1 DSP to allow up to 10 stereo instances at 44.1k, and of course, like all our other UAD-1 plug-ins, it performs its magic all the way up to 192k sample rates and is compatible with VST, AU, DX or MAS based software applications."

The UA Precision Limiter is a single-band, look-ahead, brick wall Limiter and achieves 100% attack within a 1.5ms look-ahead window, which prevents clipping and guarantees zero overshoot performance. Both the attack and release curves are optimized for mastering, along with other key features including an intelligent Auto-Release and the unique Contour Mode switching which delicately tailors the attack shape to subtly control "presentation". The Precision Limiter also features "K-System" compliant metering with simultaneous RMS, Peak Metering and adjustable Peak Hold.

"Don't let the $199 price tag fool you," said Mike Barnes, UA's Director of Marketing.
" The Precision Limiter is truly pro quality and will get you the maximum "hot" levels you find on commercial CD releases today but with absolutely minimum artifacts. Make no mistake, we are expanding UA's legacy of no-compromise sonic quality into the area of mastering tools. We are confident that the UA Precision Limiter will stand proudly against any Limiter, hardware or software costing hundreds or thousands more."

The UA Precision Limiter is designed as a colorless, transparent mastering limiter and therefore no up-sampling is used, nor does the UA Precision Limiter pass audio through any filters. Audio remains pristine and untouched unless the compressor is working, in which case, only gain is affected.

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