Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing limiters, part of Foundations of Audio: Compression and Dynamic Processing.
A limiter is simply a compressor with a ratio of greater than 10 to 1. BY using…such a strong ratio,…the compressor effectively limits the signal's amplitude to the threshold so…that very little, or in some cases nothing, can pass beyond the threshold.…When we look at a limiter's transfer curve graph, we find that the knee levels off…completely, effectively creating a wall at the threshold.…Since compressors and limiters are cut from the same cloth, as far as dynamics…processors go, we'll typically use them for all the same reasons we use…compressors, that is, to restrict and hone the dynamic range of overly…dynamic signals and increase the average level of a signal without…increasing peak level or clipping.…
Think of limiters as just more aggressive compressors.…You'll find that many limiters feature the same threshold attack, release. and…gain controls as regular compressors, but often without a ratio control.…since this is generally assumed to be very high or near infinite.…Limiters are especially useful while mixing because many signals contain great…
AuthorBrian Lee White
- Measuring amplitude
- Understanding dynamic range
- Introducing compressors
- Utilizing compression ratios
- Applying attack and release
- Evening out a vocal performance with compression
- Adding punch and sustain to drums
- Using compression presets intelligently
- How to record with compression
- Solving common mix problems with limiters
- De-essing a vocal track
- Using gates and expanders
- Controlling frequency content with multiband compressors
- Using sidechains creatively
- Keying gates and compressors
- Fixing overcompressed tracks
- Using mixbus compression
- Working with parallel compression
- Compression and limiting best practices
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 1/10/2014. What changed?
A: The Get in the Mix videos have been updated to the most recent version of Pro Tools. Also, the course now includes free Get in the Mix sessions for two more DAWs: Logic Pro X and Pro Tools 11.
1. Audio Dynamics
4. Special Dynamics Processors
5. Advanced Topics
An Interview with the Author
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