I finally get it. I finally understand why some people look at cars and fall in love with it's looks, have pictures up on their wall and dream about owning one. Yesterday I caught a glimpse of the new Bettermaker Darthlimiter. I fell in love with it just based on how it looked. I know how it sounds, it's incredible. I have used one on many occasions. But that was the standard silver face. This is the Darthlimiter version which looks a million times better. Only 200 have been made and we at Audio Animals and pleased to be 6th on the list to get our hands on one. I actually can't wait for it to arrive. I find myself looking at pictures of it. Is it just me or is this not the sleekest most exceptional looking piece of studio equipment you have ever seen. Maybe it's just me?
The front panel of the Bettermaker Darthlimiter is build around big LCD touchscreen, that allows you to control almost all functions available in the device. Apart from that, you can also monitor input/output levels, amount of gain reduction (and clipping) applied by the limiter, perform advanced measurements (FFT, LUFS, K-metering), use on-screen QWERTY keyboard for
naming your presets and more. You can even display fully configurable, analog style VU meters!
Bettermaker Darthlimiter has 3 functionalities that are essential to make a perfect master. All of them are recallable by the internal memory and a plugin that also handles automation.
Analog Bettermaker Darthlimiter:
- 100% analog signal path
- intelligent and manual release
- variable mix between limiting and clipping
-possibility to turn off the clipping section, so you can clip with you favorite AD or other.
Color, for giving that special flavor to your mix:
- Two color modules introducing different saturation that can be used simultaneously
- Color 1 with Majority of odd harmonics
- Color 2 with Majority of even harmonics
- Both color sections can be internally EQed so for example you can present more odd harmonics in the low end to give the mix more bite and sweeten the highs with the even harmonics at the top end.
Metering, an additional screen in your studio. As it’s a touchscreen it also utilizes control functions of the Bettermaker Darthlimiter. You can view your favourite set of stats.
- Input, output and reduction
- Analog style meters (VU, PPM, RMS, Peak with peak hold functionality)
- LUFS (Short term, Integral, Loudness Range, view in time)
- K metering
- 30 Band FFT analyzer
- Correlation meter
- Two points of measurement, the output of the Limiter or the plugin
- and more…
The Bettermaker Darthlimiter can communicate with your DAW via USB connection. The unit appear as a HID device and can be managed via Bettermaker Mastering Limiter Plugin.
Maximum input level: +21,5 dBu (balanced)
Maximum output level: +23 dBu (THD < 0.1%)
Operating Level: +4dBu
Maximum gain reduction: 20 dB
Makeup gain: automatic
Attack time: 0.1 – 250ms
Release time: 0.01 – 1.3s + IREL (intelligent release)
Input impedance (differential): 48kΩ (for balanced signal)
Output Impedance: 50Ω + 50Ω (electronically balanced)
Frequency response 5Hz to 30kHz; +/- 0.1dB
Dynamic range: 107 dB @ +21 dBu, 20 kHz BW
THD+N: <0.03%, +4 dBu, unity gain, 20 kHz BW
CMRR: max 80 dB @ 3 kHz, min 55 dB @ 50Hz, 20 kHz BW
Crosstalk: min -90 dB @ 1KHz, max -57 dB @ 30Hz, +18 dBu, 20 kHz BW
Maximum power consumption: 30W (uses 630mA slow blow fuse)
Shipping weight: 5.5 kg