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 Distinguished Member

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    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 past mastering moderator Active Member

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    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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