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Old 15th October 2018
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Originally Posted by Nonlinear View Post
Despite the approach used by some, IMO, using a clipper AND a limiter really doesn't make sense. The purpose of a limiter - especially those with "lookahead" - is to AVOID clipping.

If you don't care about adding heaps of harmonic distortion to your audio then just use a compressor and a clipper and skip the limiter.
I've heard some experienced MEs say that 1 or 2dB of clipping before limiting doesn't cause significant distortion and it helps avoid pumping in the limiter from peaky program material. I don't work that way but am considering experimenting with the idea. I expect results to be highly program dependent. Often I've found there's no single right or wrong answer that fits every situation so I try to keep an open mind...