I have done a lot of surfing/searching for information on Limiters and Clippers, I’m still not totally satisfied that I understand what’s going on here. Was hoping to get some guidance:
In limiter mode, if I’m understanding this correctly, the threshold is the level at which compression begins; since it’s a limiter not a ‘compressor’, I can expect that the compression level is > 20:1. The ceiling control is the final level that is allowed to pass. There is gain compensation (I’m guessing automatic since there’s no control for this) somewhere around the order of the compression threshold. I should expect attack to be reasonably fast, not sure about release on a limiter. How is your attack/release setup?
Is that about right?
Threshold is the level after which the top of the wave is truncated. The amount of threshold decreased is somewhere around the order of the amount of gain added back in. The ceiling is still the final level that is allowed to pass. Is that about right?
-Thresh = 0, Ceiling = -2
Is this type of setting a brickwall limiter? Where no compression affects the sound since the threshold is unable to get up past -2 (the ceiling), but nothing above -2 is able to pass either? What happens in this exact same scenario in Clip mode?
This setting is mysterious to me. I did some comparisons (of a) 1KHz sine wave and b) pink-ish noise) between these two samples with -12 threshold/-2 ceiling between limit, clip and clip with 6.0 dB of soft clip (I realize this is way past the specs that EH is expected to run, but I wanted to really see the difference). Between the FFT analyzer, spectrograms and 1/3 octave charts, I’m not sure I’m seeing what that 6 dB of soft clip is doing.
-What exactly is the difference between Event Horizon and Event Horizon +? The site says:
“Limiter mode adds a new spin to a traditional lookahead limiter that can allow more gain reduction than a clipper, yet still remain VERY transparent.” Without asking you for info which is too detailed or might give away a trade secret, can you elaborate on this any?
I don’t use a limiter for much (to occasionally squeeze an extra dB or two out of a program that’s too close to clipping to just turn it up), but I’m wanting to know more so I can use it more effectively. As it is, I compared about 5 or 6 limiters when I purchased EH (in the manner I’m used to) and it sounded a heck of a lot better than the comparison products.