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Clipping

Discussion in 'Audio Terms' started by audiokid, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    The point at which a signal begins to distort.

    Clipping occurs in analog and digital audio circuits when the incoming signal exceeds what a particular device can accommodate. Visually, it results in the flattening of the signal peaks, as if the waveform had been "clipped" off. In certain analog circuits light clipping can have a positive effect, producing a pleasing distortion. In digital circuits the general rule is that clipping is to be avoided at all costs, since it produces a nasty and harsh sound.
     
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