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A very stupid question about compresion/limiting Dynamics Processors (HW)
Old 17th September 2011
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A very stupid question about compresion/limiting

hi guys

i am amatuer producer for the most part thou I have been dicking around witht this stuff on my own for years

are limiting, maximizing and compressing all the same thing or differnt variations? i'm confused

I have a melody that that peaks hard in the mix so I want keep the output ceiling low but keeping the over loudness...is a maximizer the best tool for the job?
Old 17th September 2011
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Well im not 100% certain on what exactly a maximizer does, but im certain its very similar to limiting.

If your melody is "peaking hard" can't you just turn it down in the mix?

If its the dynamics of the sound you want to shape(make more even) you can go ahead and compress it a bit. If its a synth your using I wouldn't use much as it doesnt generally need it. You can also throw a limiter at the END of the chain shaving an extra DB or so off if its still peaking too hard.
Old 17th September 2011
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all different

look up the defintions and explanations yourself
ask us when you have a specific question
Old 17th September 2011
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They're all the same in the sense that they affect the dynamics of a sound, they're all volume knobs with a brain controlling it. It's only that logic that changes. A limiter being the simplest, if the volume passes a set threshold it lowers the volume back to that threshold. Bottom line, if you're sound is always above the threshold, you effectively remove all the dynamics in the sound. A compressor is more complex in the sense that it lower the volume by a set ratio and follows an envelope. I'm not exactly sure what a maximizer does but from my understanding it's a mastering limiter so I guess it's a hard compressor follow by a limiter or in other case a multiband compressor/limiter.

Bottom line it really depends on the sound, a compressor can let you shape a sound where as a limiter removes all dynamics past a limit.
Old 17th September 2011
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A limiter is a compressor with a ratio of 10:1 to infinity:1
Old 17th September 2011
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Quote:
Originally Posted by louis.lbnc View Post
They're all the same in the sense that they affect the dynamics of a sound, they're all volume knobs with a brain controlling it. It's only that logic that changes. A limiter being the simplest, if the volume passes a set threshold it lowers the volume back to that threshold. Bottom line, if you're sound is always above the threshold, you effectively remove all the dynamics in the sound. A compressor is more complex in the sense that it lower the volume by a set ratio and follows an envelope. I'm not exactly sure what a maximizer does but from my understanding it's a mastering limiter so I guess it's a hard compressor follow by a limiter or in other case a multiband compressor/limiter.

Bottom line it really depends on the sound, a compressor can let you shape a sound where as a limiter removes all dynamics past a limit.
thank u
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