Originally Posted by StringBean
I always just lump limiter into the compressor category but now that I think about it the limiter is completely chopping the peaks and it makes sense that it starts to really sound bad once you push it.
More to the point, in my view, is that by stacking limiters you're more likely to get to a point where you're eventually punching holes in every single peak
rather than perhaps just the odd transient here & there.
Compression's different again – the mix should tell you if it needs deeper dynamic control, added density, etc.