I learned of someone who uses Steve’s PopMute effect with certain settings as a compressor for voice recordings – two or three times, alternating with amplification to a 0 dB peak.
Is this a surprising unintended use?
I use Compressor with certain settings and have been avoiding the temptation to experiment, but I may try out this curious method. Automating the repeated PopMute and amplify loop for my friend should be easy.
I am not sure what I want to listen for, to tell bad from good or very good results.
If you mean the built-in “Leveler” effect, then I completely agree. I’ve campaigned for that effect to be replaced for years!
The problem with the built-in “Leveler” effect is that it is not really a Limiter, it is a Wave Shaper (AKA a distortion effect).
The built-in “Compressor” effect is a bit quirky, (dynamic compressors frequently are), but can produce good results. You’ll need to play with it to get a feel for it, but it is reasonably well documented in the manual.