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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.
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 dongle or iLok Cloud
  • 64 bit DAW support only
Supported Plugin Formats
  • Intel Mac 64bit: VST3, AU, AAX
  • Windows 64bit: VST3, AAX
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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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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. Click on ANALOG to accentuate the non-linearities in the frequency response of the analog unit we modeled for the plugin.

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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.

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11 reviews for Talkback Limiter

  1. jeff pyle (verified owner)

    Another killer addition to my arsenal. At this price its a no brainer. Just buy it you will find a use for it for sure.

  2. christophleunam

    Man this thing rips on EVERYTHING I put it on. Unreal!

  3. Daniel Harnett (verified owner)

    I Love the Korneff Plugins. The talk back Limiter is a beast! It has become a staple on my drum bus, There is nothing like it

  4. SirP

    It sounds ok, but it's marred by iLok nonsense.

  5. Jason Howard (verified owner)

    I downloaded the trial, and bought it 5 minutes later!!
    This this is SICK!!

  6. Brian Boland (verified owner)

    Dude!! This thing kills!!! Love it! Nice to pop it open and tweak it too! Great on drums obviously and got some cool vocal efx going with it. Excellent work!!! Thanks again for a very useful piece!!

  7. ddrago7 (verified owner)

    Just spent 4 days using the TBL on a dedicated drum bus while I tracked a whole lotta drums for a client. We both loved it. Gave the drums the beef they need to help the drummer have fun while playing AND not hit so hard. Got some big tubby 70's dry drum sounds, played with finesse. This is a killer limiter. Stoked to fine-tune it for the album mix.

  8. Ronnie8890 (verified owner)

    This was one of those plugins I didn't know I needed, until I had it. The Dry/Wet control
    makes it ideal for Drum Shells, Bass, Vocals,

  9. Malik Trey (verified owner)

    just Great ? ... other digital limiter does the job well.
    But this isn't just a limiter... sound like real hardware unit... pushing my material out off my speakers. Also nice to add a bit... You know... simple a bit more 😉

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  11. noah.lif@gmail.com (verified owner)

    What can I say that hasn't been said so far...this thing is for real. I really, really, really didn't think I needed yet another compressor/limiter until I tried this out, but it really does give you that instant SLL TB sound with more flexibility, just as it says on the tin. My only suggestion would be to put all of the controls on the one panel instead of having to flip to the back, but five stars regardless.

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