When exporting a song I was working on in Ableton I decided to export it as an .aiff file for the first time, just for kicks I guess, when I noticed some options that I had never really paid attention to. Specifically the option to Normalize the track.
After a tad bit of research I came to the conclusion that it has something to do with fixing the volume peaks of the song to make it more "normal." I thought that was what a limiter or a compressor does and didn't get how it was different.
Then I read that it is destructive to the sound waves or something? I don't see why someone would want to destroy their sound (unless of course your into death metal or that sort of thing ;]).
So what exactly does it mean to normalize a song and how is this process done?