I have a few questions on using a limiter that need clearing up. I apologize now for my lack of understanding on the subject etc...
When one uses a limiter in mastering to increase the overall perceived volume how many Dbs is an ideal maximum to increase by, and likewise with gain reduction...? I realize this may be different for every given situation, for now lets just say a 4 piece rock band..
Why do we makeup the gain loss with a limiter in the mastering stage..? why not just make our mixes slightly "hotter" (assuming we have mixed below 0db) to attenuate the overall mix?
again sorry for my naivety haha