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Difference Between a Limiter and a Compressor?

Q: What is the difference between a limiter and a compressor?

A: In practice, the big difference is the ratio used. Limiters use much higher ratios than compressors, often as close to infinity:1 as possible, although many experts classify ratios of 10:1 and higher as being limiting.

With a ratio this high, the limiter basically establishes a “ceiling” above which the signal level cannot pass. A compressor, on the other hand, uses lower ratios to more gently control the dynamics of the signal.

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