Hi there, I wanne talk about equipment that seems to (or is accused of) softclipping some transients (while doing something else ) Working in different studio's I've heard some engineers talk about how some of their equipment also catches some transients. Most of the times they rave about how there TUBE (compressor / EQ / Pre / "whatever") can softclip some quick peaks when you drive it a bit... Me myself and I only found real prove (?) of this when I use a Summit Audio DCL-200 on the mixbus. Going to DAT: every song seems to have a handfull of peaks (I call them "killer-transients" that are almost (-1dB) clipping the Dat. (forcing me to keep all other hits/peaks at -12dB). But when I turn the output gain (=tube stage) on the DCL-200 up, I can get a bit more level to DAT without clipping! It's not really like a L2 where you can smack all snarehits and kill all dynamics.... But it seems to be able to softclip just a few dB of the "killer transients" I also talked to a famous European producer last week, who said he always uses a API 2500 compressor on the mixbus (in old-mode) and that it's Gain output could also be raised a bit without clipping the DAT... What experiences do other people on this forum have??? Please let me know, I'm very curious! ThanX in advance!