Limiter on Audacity

Having some second thoughts about this. You can’t overload the recorder and have Audacity magically put the show sound back together. Once you overload the recorder, the digital converters make up their own sound and it’s not pretty—but it is permanent.

I see from your graphic posting, none of the peaks go all the way up and down so you should be OK.

You might like one of the other tools in audiobook mastering: RMS Normalize. You have to install that one.

It sets loudness. We use it to set Audiobook reading loudness to about -20dB and Limiter to squash tips and peaks to the -3dB limit. It doesn’t matter the initial volume and it does it all without affecting voice quality and without compressor pumping.