Quick Guide To Limiters

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Quick Guide To Limiters


These quick production tips will save you time in the studio and improve your workflow.

If you want to know even more about limiters, we have a full video on them on our YouTube channel. Link in my bio!

Limiters are a form of compressors but with a threshold that does not have any give. Whereas a compressor's threshold will have some give.

All limiters are compressors, but not all compressors are limiters.

  • Ceiling - Also known as the output. This sets the maximum possible output.
  • Gain - Lets you add gain to the incoming signal. The limiter will “limit” the output signal to the max level.
  • Release - Sets how fast it takes for the limiting to stop after the signal drops below the ceiling. Shorter release times can be punchier & louder, while faster release times can give a cleaner result.
  • Attack - Not all limiters have an attack parameter, but it is connected to the behavior of the release parameter & it sets how quickly the release behavior will set in. With fast attack times the release will build up quickly; with slow attack times, it will slowly build up.
  • Look ahead - This sets how quickly the limiter will respond to sudden peaks. You are basically letting the limiter "lookahead" into the future. Giving your limiter a heads up to what is about to happen.
  • Oversampling - Reduces the amount of aliasing & inter sampling peaks. Oversampling can help you push your limiter more.
  • True Peak - Ensures audio will match the output when the digital signal is converted to analogue.
  • Dither - Increases the overall noise floor of your audio. If you are mastering for streaming platforms, you probably will not need to do this.
  • LUFS Meter - Loudness Units Full Scale. This is the most common meter when mastering. It does a really good job displaying the overall perceived loudness.

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