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they call the uad 1176LN Limiting Amplifier (isnt it a compressor?) Dynamics Plugins
Old 31st August 2007
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they call the uad 1176LN Limiting Amplifier (isnt it a compressor?)

is limiting amp and compressor the same?
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this is what wiki says about a LEVELING amp :

Leveling amplifier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A leveling amplifier or leveler is an audio process, similar to compression, which is used to reduce the dynamic range of a signal, so that the quietest portion of the signal is loud enough to hear and the loudest portion is not too loud. A leveling amp is different from a compressor in that the ratio and threshold are controlled with a single control. Levelers work especially well with vocals, as there are huge dynamic differences in the human voice and levelers work in such a way as to sound very natural, letting the character of the sound change with the different levels but still maintaining a predictable and usable dynamic range.


I wonder if a LIMITING amp is the same....

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this is what wiki says about a LEVELING amp :

Leveling amplifier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A leveling amplifier or leveler is an audio process, similar to compression, which is used to reduce the dynamic range of a signal, so that the quietest portion of the signal is loud enough to hear and the loudest portion is not too loud. A leveling amp is different from a compressor in that the ratio and threshold are controlled with a single control. Levelers work especially well with vocals, as there are huge dynamic differences in the human voice and levelers work in such a way as to sound very natural, letting the character of the sound change with the different levels but still maintaining a predictable and usable dynamic range.


I wonder if a LIMITING amp is the same....
Not according to Wiki

It has buttons to control the ratio!

The LA-3 is a Leveling Amplifier. I know because is says it on the front of all four of mine.

Oh wait, my 1176 says it's a Peak Limiter. Maybe something's wrong with it..
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Isn't a limiter really just a type of compressor? Half a compressor?
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The basic difference between a compressor and a limiter is the ratio. Usually, any ratio 10:1 or above is called limiting.

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It's about ratios...

All such devices affect dynamic range. Generally, lower ratios (say, up to 8:1) are thought of as compression; higher ratios are considered limiting. Of course, a unit's knee characteristics and attack and release parameters may also determine whether one wants to qualify its effect as "compression" or "limiting." Hope that's helpful.
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The basic difference between a compressor and a limiter is the ratio. Usually, any ratio 10:1 or above is called limiting.

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Yup. I don't think there is any official or technical distinguisher between compressor and limiter... or at least one that I'm aware of. It's common to label a ratio of 10:1 and higher as a limiter. Although I've seen 8:1 titled "limiter" on other pieces of gear.

The la3a can be both a compressor and a limiter because the gr ratio is a dynamic function of the quantity of gain reduction taking place as defined by the opto cell.
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