While learning to set up a simple ‘mastering’ chain, their seems a common suggested use of compressor, maximiser & limiter in the chain. *‘mastering’ term used very loosely!
Question - aren’t maximisers and limiters essentially just compressors, or is there something unique that they otherwise do or achieve, or how they achieve what they do different?
Maximisers & limiters use a maximum output or threshold setting, but do they function more as a ‘squashing’ of the sound or as a peak limiter?
While on the lower end of the learning curve with ‘mastering’ (first song actually), I’m finding a bit of compression pump sneaking in to the mix and it kinda feels/sounds due to the maximiser/limiter. Still lots to learn I admit!
One last question - should I use the Cubase 7 supplied ‘brickwall limiter’ or ‘limiter’ vst? Not sure which is better!