Soft Clipping ?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by sampsoniter, Jun 24, 2004.

  1. sampsoniter

    sampsoniter Guest

    applying a soft clipping plugin to the master of all tracks sounds
    like good idea to me, to prevent any sound from causing distortion....
    and when I do apply a soft clipper to the master, it does do this....
    but i fear this process is what i would describe as "muffling"
    or "dampening" the tracks over-all quality, or frequency range....

    is this true?, does soft clipping lessen a tracks sound quality.....
    or am I just trippin out here?

    any opinions, advice, ect...?
     
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    depends on how, how much, and with what you are doing it with. In general though, yes it lessens sound quality.
     
  3. joe lambert

    joe lambert Distinguished Member

    I don't use soft clipping. It's not "soft" enough for my taste. I can always hear it. If all you want to do is make sure you are not clipping I would do 1 of 2 things:
    If mixing, bring the stereo bus down.
    If mastering I would put a limiter before printing. How much of the limiting you use will determine how audible it is.
     
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