Ohhh right. It just seems so counter-intuitive to me that the drive is acting as the
“master limiter” function but what you’re describing makes sense.
RE: 2 - If you owned both, do you think you’d prefer the IMC for your live use case? Or is there something you’d miss from the AH?
RE: 3 - When I’ve explored this technique previously it didn’t make an super obvious pumping sensation but instead was just a technique of adding heavier distortion from the Heat while avoiding distorting the low-end/kick. But I believe you’re correct that, even when dialed to gain match, the peaks would increase. Therefore, its probably more fitting to use on drum bus and not a master bus.
I feel like the curse of the Heat is it does all of these different things really well (and in a unique way)—like it can be an individual instrument processor, a drum buss, a compressor, or a limiter — but we have to choose only one at a time.
Thanks for your reply!