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The Talkback Limiter


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“A useful, characterful compressor, the Talkback Limiter is no one-trick pony.”

“...a thick, punchy, vibey processor that oozes analogue-like charm...”

“...famous listen-mic compressor just got more tweakable.”

full review at  Sound on Sound

Punchy. Loud. Beautifully Destructive. Fun!

The Talkback Limiter is an aggressive, in your face limiter. Carefully modeled from the real thing, our Talkback Limiter has the character and anti-social tendencies that made it so popular for drums. We’ve added additional controls to make it much more versatile.

TBL 1.1 is an upgrade. We’ve added additional gain options on the inputs, added a new Aux Panel to make using presets and trimming overall gain easier, and we’ve improved overall graphics performance.

The Talkback Limiter 1.1 now has iLOK System/Machine Authorization, so now you can license the plugin via iLOK dongle, iLOK cloud, or System/Machine Authorization.

TBL 1.1 Update Video Walkthrough

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Secret Weapon of Top Producers

First utilized in a vintage British recording console, the Talkback Limiter was THE sound of drums throughout the 80’s, and is still a major component on records today.

Originally designed to protect control room speakers and personnel from loud noises over the studio communications system, this down and dirty, heavy-handed limiter is perfect for adding huge amounts of punch to any signal with a transient.

Flexible and Tweakable

Our Talkback Limiter has expanded functionality to make it more versatile than the original, and useful on more than just drums. It adds pop and tickle to bass tracks, brings out attack and details on guitars, and adds a gutsy quality to vocal tracks.

The Korneff Audio Talkback Limiter has addition “Other Side” controls to let you further tweak the plugin. The bottom line is you have a lot more control of this plugin than engineers had over the original console based unit.

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TBL Block Diagram

Talkback Limiter block diagram
Talkback Limiter Threshold Control

100:1 ratio - talk about a brick wall

Turn LISTEN 1 to lower the threshold and kick in an FET style compression circuit at a 100:1 ratio. Attack is very fast, but just slow enough to make this the punchiest compressor you’ll ever use. It adds bite to ANYTHING. Makes grandma's church choir sound like a Vinnie Paul drum solo.

30dB of gain! Yikes!

Switch the input level from LINE to MIC to add 30dB of gain, and loads of harmonically rich saturation and distortion to even the quietest signal. Seriously, this thing will make the sneeze of a bug sound like the scream of a metal core singer. Want to clean it up? Switch it to PAD to reduce input gain by 20dB. Click on ANALOG to accentuate the non-linearities in the frequency response of the analog unit we modeled for the plugin.

Talkback Limiter inout controls
Talkback Limiter output controls

Control the Mayhem

Our Talkback Limiter can be used for more than just drums. The WET/DRY control lets you back the compressed signal way down, so you can precisely adjust how much punch and character you hear in the final mix. You’ll end up using the Talkback Limiter to to add a subtle punch and presence to all sorts of instruments in many different applications. And, of course, you’ll use it to crush the hell out of things.


Our Talkback Limiter has addition “Other Side” controls to let you further tweak the distortion characteristics and compression curves. There’s also an adjustable Low Pass filter that can smooth out the top end, or completely mangle it for a low fi effect. And adjustable oversampling lets you manage your CPU usage in a plugin heavy recording/mixing situation.

Talkback Limiter circuit adjustments

Technical Specifications

Minimum System Requirements
  • 1 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor or AMD equivalent (PC)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, 10.14 or higher recommended
  • Windows 7 & Above
  • Screen res: 1024 x 768 or higher
  • iLOK Sytem/Machine Authorization, iLOK dongle, iLOK Cloud
  • 64 bit DAW support only
Supported Plugin Formats
  • Intel Mac 64bit: VST3, AU, AAX
  • Windows 64bit: VST3, AAX
Current Release 1.2.1 Download User Manual PDF

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