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Sounds like it's clipping but all level meters show otherwise. help!

I'm attempting a very simple master with just some EQ, compression and limiting but I've run into a slight problem. Every time I add my limiter to get my track to a good volume, it pops and crackles like the track is clipping. I have a sound metering plugin after each plugin as well as the one on the track itself and nothing is indicating any kind of clipping. I have done this process before without running into this problem. Any ideas as to why this is happening?

If it makes a difference I'm working in a home studio (i know i'm not supposed to but one's gotta start practicing somewhere right?) and running through Logic Express 8.

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anonymous Wed, 05/08/2013 - 05:29

I'm with Kurt on this one... static, pops, crackles, lock ups, stutters.... are generally the symptoms of a buffer setting being too low.

You could also try temporarily disabling your virus protection program. Many of those progs are memory hogs.

Also... have you installed any new software, or any new recent OS updates? Is the limiter plug you are using one that you have recently installed?