I've been wondering about this for a while and after a fireworks recording session last week I thought about it some more. So where better place to get some wise answers than SSD!
When recording in the field, whether it be collecting ambiances, effects or location recording for a shoot, how and when do you use limiters on your inputs? It may seem like a stupid question, but shouldn't you ALWAYS use a limiter to avoid distortion? If so, why do we have the choice to turn a limiter on and off - why aren't they just active as standard? Are there times when distortion is desired? Even if there are times when a distorted recording is required, why do all recorders have the limiter defaulted to off? Surely it would make sense to have it on and give the user the option to switch it off.
Maybe I've just not got it but as an old wise teacher used to tell me, no question is a stupid question! I'd love to hear you're views and opinions.