IK Multimedia has announced the release of T-RackS Stealth Limiter, a mastering peak limiter available now in T-RackS Custom Shop.
T-RackS Stealth Limiter is an ultra-transparent mastering peak limiter. It’s a versatile sonic ninja of a mixing and mastering tool that features an advanced inter-sample peak limiting algorithm that lets you turn up the loudness of your mixes while still maintaining a clean a sound that’s full of dynamic range and sonic breathing room. T-RackS Stealth Limiter is your new go-to mastering peak limiter when you want impressive loudness without the damaging side effects of traditional processors.
Sonic integrity at higher dBs — Dynamic, transparent & loud
T-RackS Stealth Limiter is a new kind of processor for the final peak limiting stage of the mastering process. The past few decades have seen volume levels of produced audio rise at an alarming rate. Loudness of mixed and mastered audio material has become a de-facto standard for contemporary music production. To achieve a level of competitive loudness, producers and engineers have had to employ methods of extreme compression and limiting that, though they make a mix louder, also cause residual distortion, sonic flatness and a loss of overall emotion. T-RackS Stealth Limiter has been designed to prevent the ill effects of extreme compression and limiting by retaining sonic clarity and dynamics yet achieving the desired loudness level — something other limiters and compressors just can’t do.
A stealth weapon
An impressive increase in loudness without the discernable effects of compression — it’s a dream come true. Simply put: It’s the most transparent, clear and loud software mastering peak limiter available, and it’s able to provide this thanks to its smart level-tracking algorithm. It works like a sonic ninja, reducing levels below the volume ceiling moment-to-moment instead of applying traditional look-ahead envelope-based fast-attack compression. It doesn’t sound like a compressor, and that’s because it isn’t one.
The secret to T-RackS Stealth Limiter’s invisibility is in its inter-sample peak-limiting algorithm. This works differently than traditional mastering processes, which suppress spikes above the volume ceiling by employing hard limiters or clippers. These traditional processes are only able to ensure a stable digital level; they don’t guarantee undistorted playback once the music goes through conversion, which can create an analog waveform that exceeds the threshold and introduces unwanted distortion.
T-RackS Stealth Limiter’s inter-sample peak limiting algorithm gets around this by predicting the converted analog waveform of the digital source. It ensures that the final converted audio will only very rarely exceed the set ceiling. The result? All the loudness, but without a perceptible loss in dynamic range. This is particularly useful considering that modern music is heard on different devices and services that utilize compressed formats like MP3 and AAC.
Easy-to-use and extremely versatile
T-RackS Stealth Limiter sports straightforward controls and intuitive features that make using it a quick and easy process. Its input knob can be used to set the desired loudness, and its output ceiling knob can be used to adjust the output level. And, for more advanced uses, it comes with 4 different modes of operation for fine-tuning.
The basic mode is TIGHT. This offers neutral limiting that respects the natural sonic dynamics of the source material as it increases loudness. The BALANCED mode offers a similar level of transparency, albeit while introducing a subtle amount of dynamic compression. HARMONICS 1 can be used when a bit more color is required. When used, it imparts a sense of dimension and pleasant coloration that can make a mix sound and feel more analog. And finally, HARMONICS 2 can be utilized when more sonic character is desired. It can deliver a thorough boost of gritty and punchy analog character.
In addition to its various modes, T-RackS Stealth Limiter also comes equipped with an infrasonic filter that can be used to cut out unwanted sub-bass frequencies that might otherwise put excessive workload on the limiter. Easy monitoring is provided via its on-board unity gain monitoring function, which allows for a quick comparison between the processed audio with or without the accompanying volume boost.
T-RackS Stealth Limiter features
- Ultra-transparent mastering peak limiter.
- Advanced inter-sample peak limiting algorithm.
- 4 operating modes that offer different tonal shades that vary from super clean to warmly analog.
- Easy-to-use interface.
- Unity gain monitoring function.
- Infrasonic filter.
T-RackS Stealth Limiter is available via the IK Online Store and T-RackS Custom Shop for 124.99 EUR/USD (or 125 Gear Credits). Prices excluding taxes.