Music Made Easy: LIMITER

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A “limiter” is commonly used to limit the level of an audio signal to a specific “threshold level”.

Limiters are used as a safeguard against “signal peaking” (also known as “clipping”).

Another way to understand the function of a limiter: it suppresses the occasional signal peaks that would be too loud or distorted. For example, if a threshold level has been set to -4db, the limiter will suppress or push down anything that exceeds that threshold value and will cap the signal level at -4db.

In this way, the limiter prevents any additional gain above the threshold level. In the mastering stage of music production, a limiter is used to eliminate any unwanted headroom.

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