Given that a mastering limiter is an audio compressor with a very high compression ratio.

The main purpose of using one is more often to make things louder whilst avoiding nasty audible distortion (unless if that's the desired sound).

All mastering limiters manipulate dynamic range and some are marketed as "Maximizers" which have magical powers to make everything sound good—and that's subjective, I know.

Either way, they all practically try to achieve the same thing but using different recipes (i.e. proprietary advanced audio algorithms about manipulating the dynamic range of the audio material).

In some cases, mastering limiters are sometimes used by mixing engineers after they are done mixing music and consequently sending stuff to clients.

The idea here is to reduce the probability of the ignorant client freaking out because the final mix is too quiet compared to commercial music.

Eventually, the mixing engineer will (perhaps in most situations) remove the mastering limiter before sending the final mix straight away to a mastering engineer assuming the client approves the mix.

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