Elemental Audio Adds Limiting Plug-In

Elemental Audio Systems has announced the release of Finalis, the latest addition to its line of professional audio plug-ins. Finalis is a brick wall limiter that employs sophisticated processing techniques to provide smooth, sonically pleasing peak limiting and loudness maximization under even the most extreme conditions.


Supporting the RTAS, VST, and Audio Unit (AU) audio plug-in formats, Finalis is compatible with a range of Mac and Windows host applications including Digidesign Pro Tools, Apple Logic, MOTU Digital Performer, and Steinberg Cubase, Nuendo, and Wavelab. Finalis has a retail price of $159 US, but is available for an introductory price of $139 US until April 14, 2005. Finalis may also be purchased bundled with other Elemental Audio Systems plug-ins.

Finalis provides transparent peak limiting and loudness maximization with a simple interface and an intelligent processing engine that gives instant results. Because Finalis’ limiting action is unlike that of traditional limiters, it lacks some of the more common limiting controls. Instead, Finalis offers three distinct psychoacoustic limiting algorithms designed to fit a wide range of audio material. With a click of a button, users are able to audition each limiting effect, switching between limiting types at will. Up to two additional, primary controls are available to fine-tune each limiting algorithm.

In keeping with the style of other Elemental Audio Systems products, Finalis provides plenty of visual feedback on its operation. Full-featured input and output peak meters with integrated RMS and peak hold readings give professionals the critical information they need about their audio levels. In addition to this more standard metering, Finalis introduces a new metering type: the Input/Output (I/O) Crest Factor meter. Finalis’ I/O Crest Factor meter provides a quantifiable indication of how the audio dynamics are being affected by the limiter settings. This information allows users to make intelligent choices about limiting, helping to avoid common pitfalls like over-limiting, resulting in the loss of valuable audio dynamics.

A non time-limited demo may be downloaded from the Elemental site.


Finalis is available directly from Elemental Audio Systems.


  • Smooth, transparent, mastering quality limiting
  • Brick wall limiting means no overs slip past
  • Simple operation
  • Three distinct limiting algorithms
  • Comprehensive input and output metering (Peak, Peak Hold, RMS)
  • New Input/Output Crest Factor meter
  • Built in Input Gain
  • Configurable ceiling
  • Two workspaces to create/compare settings
  • Support for higher sample rates

Minimum System Requirements:

Mac: PowerPC G3 or higher; Mac OS X (10.2 or higher) and AU or VST compatible host application; Digidesign Pro Tools 6.4, or newer, and Digidesign-approved system

Win: Pentium 3 or higher; Windows 2000/XP and VST compatible host application; Digidesign Pro Tools 6.4, or newer, and Digidesign-approved system

Price: Introductory $139 (US) / Regular $159 (US)

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