NoLimits Lookahead Limiter For iPad Review



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Hello everyone this is Jason Donnelly aka Dj Puzzle reporting for my website http://www.ipadloops.com thank you for tuning in.

Today we’re going to have a look at the NoLimit limiter audio unit by DDMF. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nolimits-audio-unit-limiter/id1202923828?mt=8

I’m going to push this app to the limit with some extreme settings to give you an example of how it sounds.

In this case I’m using Cubasis with NoLimits on the master channels. Limiters compress audio while limitng the max level so that you don’t exceed a certain decibel level. This helps level out your audio to avoid digital clipping. A limiter on the master channel limits overall mix so that it doesn’t exceed a specific decibel level like -3db for example. You can adjust this by changing the ceiling. All the other parameter are common amongst compressors.

Lookahead limiters are mostly used for broadcast because they keep the audio safe from clipping. Without lookahead your loud transients could slip through and cause clipping. Lookahead will try to figure out where the loudest transients are before they play so that it can adjust the limiter accordingly. You can adjust how far ahead the app will look by changing the lookahead time in ms. Longer lookahead will look further ahead. This action happens before the attack time and can help when you’re trying to achieve a smooth brick wall effect. This is an essential feature when working with digital audio. Longer lookahead settings are often times better for certain situations.

Lets hear this app!

I have the lookahead set to 1.7ms in this case mainly because this is a simple audio performance without lots of change in dynamics. Don’t be afraid to experiment with this effect. You can use it to achieve some extreme sausaging if you like.

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2 replies
  1. Pedals and Pinheads
    Pedals and Pinheads says:

    That is so Manley. Or maybe Shadow Hills… 😉

    Seems straightforward enough. I think I have around 3 dozen or more variations of "compressor" on my iOS and macOS systems, and tend to favor FabFilter for specific things and a few Native Instruments units (like Supercharger GT) for grit/saturation mixed in. One favorite I have is, weirdly enough, the stock one in Auria/Auria Pro. It's quite pleasant, so if I'm making some random, weird pad or ambient texture on iOS it will eventually end up on my iPad Pro and tracked through that.

    This could be something that would keep me working in Cubasis longer though, since I might not need the extra roundtrip export to test some ideas while mobile. Did you find this to fill in gaps between other compressors you already used?

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