Limiter for streaming

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  • #115578
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    RTD
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    Hey everyone!

    I was wondering how to guys handle streaming on the SQ mixer.

    I can’t seem to find a limiter like a Fabfilter L2 in a DAW or the Precision Limiter on the Beheringer X32.

    I need a limiter that will always keep my output at -1dB so I won’t be clipping at my stream.

    Any solutions? (besides buying a Waves card and use Waves plugins) 😉

    #115590
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    Phil Driscoll
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    For radio broadcasts I use the compressor on the main output with a threshold just below clipping level and a high compression ratio. And, of course, use the faders so that the compressor threshold is never reached unless something unexpected happens.

    #115593
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    I use the on-board limiter on the Main L/R in RMS mode and in parallel compression. Since PC does not protect from OL, I need to be a bit conservative in my output level but I think that could be fixed with a “brick wall” limiter as the last thing in the chain. I think the PC on the SQ sounds mighty good. YMMV.

    D.

    #115597
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    drc_online
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    In my albeit limited experience this kind of requirement is best met by multistage compression/limiting.
    So put a compressor on the mix bus but then maybe pick up the stream output on a matrix send and put another compressor on the matrix set to infinite ratio, ie a limiter. As to which of the available compressor models to use, I can’t really comment on that.

    #115619
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    Mark
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    I’ve set up multiple groups and a matrix for our live stream to do just this. I find it works pretty well and allows compression to be added in stages exactly as others have suggested. I just use the built-in compressors and am happy with the results. I’m not near the desk to give specifics but I did a reasonable walk-through of the setup for our volunteers which you might find helpful: https://youtu.be/WsTh9L3-vZ0

    Mark

    #115875
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    RTD
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    Thanks for the suggestions. When I have some time on my hands I’ll have a try and find out what works the best for me.

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