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Another of the new features inside Compressor 3 is an audio filter called Peak Limiter. What Peak Limiter allows you to do, is to guarantee that the volume of a clip doesn't exceed the level that you set. It's sort of like a guardian that watches on an instant by instant basis to make sure your levels don't go too high. Because again if your levels go too high, they start clip and distorting and people run around screaming and yelling and it's just generally a bad thing. So how do we apply peak limiting? Well, I have got a clip here and I have applied a setting that has audio in this case AC3 and with the setting selected, I go down to the Inspector, click on the Filters tab and inside the Filters tab turn on Peak Limiter, it's in the Audio tab here.
When a Filter is checked it's turned on, when a Filter is unchecked it's turned off. What Peak Limiter is doing, is it saying, if the audio gain exceeds this level say negative 3 then lock the levels so it doesn't go higher than that. So what this is doing is, it's allowing us to make sure that our audio gain does not exceed a certain level, in this case negative 3 DV below zero. You would use the Peak Limiter say in conjunction with dynamic range or any kind of ammonification where you want to make sure that the audio is not increasing its volume unnecessarily and going into distortion.
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