0 Artists use this
goes from daisy cutter to car compactor
this will whack the peaks right off a signal if used tastefully.... 30:1 ratio and like 3 microsecond attack with 3 release settings that are all interesting. There's a couple versions but they're fairly similar, but one is for true limiting with no peak clipping and I have 2 of those. The other is a peak clipper/limiter or a slower limiter. I think that one is asymmetrical all the time for AM broadcast whereas mine have an FM/TV mode and then 2 asymmetrical modes which you shouldn't use probably LOL. There's a huge swing on the input gain to deal with different equipment and content from radio stations of yesteryear. So you can easily blast the first stage and get distortion before you even compress and its nasty, FET distortion. Thing is all discrete FETs and bipolars and loaded with transformers and inductors. I know where the in and out iron is but the other parts I have no idea what they're doing. It weighs a ton.
This is not a swiss army knife. Its not a sta-level. Its not a federal. Its not an 1176 or a neve, its not usually tasteful or polite. It does its job well when used with moderation and otherwise its like conan the destroyer. Let it off the chain and you will hear sounds that can never be unheard! Think 1176 on all buttons in coupled with the limiter from the neve bus comps and shades of that direct guitar sound from Revolution by the Beatles. That's the best I can describe it. Not meant for the recording studio and not a tool for the timid nor for the inexperienced. It has great powers for good or evil... but mainly for evil.
I've nicknamed one 'the Headsman' and the other 'Bloodrocutioner'.