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I don't own a good brickwall limiter/maximizer in my drawer of plugins. And I know I can get one for $29 from Waves. But I own Waves Renaissance Compressor and was wondering how to build one, if possible with a few compressors chained together or something. I was inspired to try brickwall limiting to my music by a couple of sources. I play bluegrass acoustic music.

I've tried already setting the attack and release as small they'd go on the RCompressor, and the ratio at 50:1, the threshhold so that about 1-3dB reduction occur, and set the gain as high as it will bring up the volume without distorting. Actually it sounds pretty good. But if you guys have any better ideas, let me know.. I certainly don't want a "block" wave form, so I back down the gain a bit so this doesn't happen. Any thoughts welcome.


anonymous Mon, 01/07/2013 - 06:00

Compressors and Limiters are essentially the same thing, in that they are both Gain Reduction. The difference lies in the ratios and the threshold settings.

If, for example, you have a compressor that allows you very high ratio settings, say 20:1 or higher, up to :1, you are into limiting territory.

Your makeup gain would then allow you to increase the overall amplitude.

I'm not quite sure why you would want to use a brickwall limiter on something as dynamic as bluegrass, because in doing so you would pretty much wipe out the dynamics associated with the style, but, to each his own.

I did a quick search and found a link that may be helpful in explaining this to you better than I did:

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