The New Audio Limiter Effect in Apple Final Cut Pro X [video]

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How to Use the New Audio Limiter Effect in Apple Final Cut Pro X

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5 Responses to The New Audio Limiter Effect in Apple Final Cut Pro X [video]

  1. Bill Rabkin says:

    I’ve applied the Logic Limiter to a narration clip with widely-varying audio levels. I set Release=370.0 ms, Output Level=-3.0, and Lookahead=2.0 ms. I set Mode to Legacy and Soft Knee to ON. Then I played the clip and adjusted the Gain so that if the bar appeared in the Reduction column it bounced between 1.5 and 3, which resulted in Gain setting of +11.0 db. (Most of the time the audio was soft, so this bar did not appear at all.) Now, when I play the clip the audio level meters show that the level is peaking at +5! The Limiter effect does not seem to be doing any limiting at all, or perhaps I misunderstood how to use it. What’s wrong?

  2. Katy Barclay says:

    Thanks Larry! When watching your gain reduction, is it OK that the number goes up to 5.1 (2:46 timecode)? It looks like it’s still “bouncing” between 1-3 at that moment, but I’m trying to figure out how to gauge when the audio is being over amplified. Is it over amplified when you get consistent bouncing beyond 3 OR when there are numbers reading over 3 in the reduction column? Thanks for all your help & great tutorials!

    • Larry says:


      Thanks for writing!

      Yes, it’s OK that the bar bounces above 3 – in fact the Limiter is specifically designed to handle this louder audio and have everything come out even. However, those high bounces should be “every so often,” not “all the time.” Pushing the limiting too high will make the sound “blatty.”


  3. Mark Dunn says:

    no answer to the first comment? Come on Larry…dude, you got to engage

    • Larry says:


      I just looked at every comment attached to this article. There’s nothing from you posted.

      So, if you want me to engage, you first need to post a comment.


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