I am trying to build my own limiter for fun. I have two compressors and a hard clipper, just like the stock limiter. I am curious as to why setting the stock compressor with a 100:1 ratio, a 0.03 ms attack, 400 ms release, and a threshold of -1.0 dBFS would not brickwall a signal at -1.0 dBFS. My Pro Tools meters show clipping by several dB when I push a source hard. To achieve the brickwall effect, I then tried introducing the hard clipper, and it does limit the signal to -1.0 dBFS. I find it sounds harsh and distorted, however. I am trying to find a way to smooth out the response of the hard clipper and still not have the level exceed -1.0 dBFS. Is this possible?