Does anybody use a limiter pedal instead of a compressor ?

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    Hi, many people use compressor pedal but i don't read a lot about limiter, do you use one ?

    I'd like to know if it could be used instead of a compressor, also something about the settings you use because they have may parameters like ratio, thershold, attack and release.

    Is it better first in chain like a compressor or at the end ?

    Thanks a lot.
     
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    I like Carl Martin's Limiter/Compressor....it's not the most transparent but its combination of functions does give me a lot of control and nuance(s), especially if it's interacting w/ other stompboxes down the line. Personally I use it early in the chain (w/ a Catalinbread Bicycle Delay, JHS SuperBolt and a Catalinbread Belle Epoch, and sometimes a Vex Instant Lo-Fi Junky down the line, as solo effects or in consort w/ one another in different combinations).
     
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    Thanks a lot, i've read good things about the Carl Martin, i'll probably buy their Rock Bug very soon...:):)
     
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    I use a compressor limiter, but I can't tell you if it's better or worse, I've never had a sustainer! I put it first in the signal though, I always think it's better to take out everything you don't want before you add reverb etc.
     
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    Thanks a lot.....
     
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    They make nice stuff. Always wanted a Quattro but it honestly costs more than any amp I’ve owned even used...and I’ve had some decent amps. I would never need another pedal.
     
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    Very true, Quattro it's rather expensive but i'm sure the quality is top without doubt....
     
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    My Boss CS3 is set and acts more as a limiter as i never crank the sustain control or aim to squash the tone. It just evens out the dynamics with the sustain set low - 10-20% on the dial for limiting.

    First pedal in the chain
     
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    Thanks a lot....
     
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    A limiter is a compressor with a much, much higher threshold. They are typically used when recording to prevent clipping. Typically a limiter would be used on the track rather than as part of an effects chain.

    What are you trying to do exactly?
     
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    Thanks a lot, to be honest i wanted to try if it could be better, worse or more or less the same of a compressor, i want to try to smooth the sound a bit....do you think a compressor is better ?
     
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    I adjust my Boss CS-3 as the manual shows for the "Chord Work" setting. It smooths things out without being too overt, at least to my perception. Also, an optical compressor like the Diamond or the Mooer Yellow will sweeten your tone without being too obvious, as long as you set it subtly.
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    Thanks a lot, i'll try the first setting and see what happen...
     
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    If using with a guitar setup, I would use a compressor over a limiter. In the sudio, when recording a band live or isolating drum parts, a limiter does the heavy lifting when needed.
     
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    Ok thanks a lot, very helpful.....
     
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    The middle setting on the chart is the one I like. :cool:
     
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    Yes, that is the one that i'm more interested to.....
     
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    I like it because it lets every note be heard clearly without sounding too "squashed". (Although I am a fan of squashed tone for certain things.)
     
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    So you're saying its use is somewhat...limited? :twisted:
     
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    Yes, the point to me is to find the right balance between squashed and no too much squashed..:lol::lol::lol:
    Very hard, damn pedals......
     
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