The limiter is an essential tool in the mastering phase, and has a role at other stages of music production as well.
Increasing overall loudness and preventing overload of a signal are the two main functions of the limiter, but how do you dial it in?
If you are already familiar with compression, then you’ll see that the limiter is like the ultra-buff big brother of the compressor.
Simple as that.
A Compressor on Steroids
It’s actually essential that you understand compression before approaching the limiter.
Read my in-depth explanation of compression here: Music Production 101: Compression
Once you’re comfortable with the principles of compression, limiting is really a breeze!
That’s because the limiter is just a juiced-up compressor.
With a compressor, if a sound approaches the threshold, there is some negotiating and compromise.
“Oh, you want to cross the threshold? Ok, well, ummmm … how about by…
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