For those of you who only limit 3db or less…
What are you using to get level before the limiter? I know a lot of people use a hardware comp before the limiter, but how do you get enough gain out of it without clipping the input of the limiter? Transformer saturation? Hardware limiter?
I mix into a Roll RMS 755, but I’ve never like the sound of using it again in mastering, even at it’s lowest ratio, just too much. Lately I’ve been using the UAD Ampex to go from -18rms to around –15rms without any overs, then into Ozone 5’s limiter bringing things to –9 or –10 and liking the results. Just curious what methods people who hate limiters are using.