JoshCohen wrote:For my question I should have been more specific. After the editing process is done and I apply the full Normalize effect at the end, does it make sense that the audio would still have a few peaks that I would apply a Limiter to? Or, if there are some straggly peaks after the final Normalize effect, does that mean I didn't do a good enough job of editing in the first place?
It depends (almost entirely) on the type of recorded material. If you have recorded something with a relatively small dynamic range (such as copying a cassette tape), then you probably won't need to use a limiter. On the other hand, for something like a close-mic'd acoustic guitar, some degree of dynamic range compression / limiting will probably essential, otherwise high transients will force the overall level to be very quiet.
When I need
to apply limiting before exporting, I generally use "Amplify" first (brings the peak level up to 0 dB), then apply the limiter. When using Audacity's "Limiter" effect, appropriate settings will produce the desired peak output level, so normalizing should not be necessary after limiting. The main reason to amplify (or normalize) to 0 dB first is that it makes it easier to set the levels on the Limiter.