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Old 15th October 2018
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Originally Posted by Trakworx View Post
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.
That's exactly why I do it, and yes, sometimes no clipping, sometimes no limiting, sometimes neither, sometimes both etc., whatever the track calls for.

If there are two stray peaks in the mix that are short transients that stick out 3dB above everything else, I'm gonna get rid of them with a clipper (as long as it's transparent to my ears) before hitting the limiter, otherwise things can sound nasty if you are doing say a max of 2dB of limiting but then on those two peaks, it suddenly hits 5dB of limiting. Whatever works. Why limit yourself?