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#1 Maxime Robin

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 01:14 PM

Speckless made a comment about clipping on my track for the 286 stbb.
(the track http://soundcloud.co...e-cat-tape-sync)
I'm not really shure again what he meant but I find his suggestion to continue the discussion on the forum quite right since the information should benefit many people.

In direct response to him, his anwser was definitly my definition too. I just wondered what he meant by "clipped" since I didn't hear anything clipping when I mastered the track. I should had been more clear in my question though. I'm sorry for that. So exactly where do you hear clipping?

Big thanks though!

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 01:33 PM

Hey man,

Yeah I was referring to that behind the beat thread that has been discussed, it gets difficult on soundcloud so I figured, just post it there. No sweat.

I hear it as soon as the bass comes in, in this case I don't think it's upper harmonics or the nice grit you can have on a synth bass, it sounds like digital clipping to me, which is what happens when you push things too far up in the digital domain. It's not like tape distortion which can have a nice gritty effect, it sounds quite nasty (although you can definetely use clipping for creative purposes too!). What did you do for mastering?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 01:52 PM

I hear the clipping also. I would suggest look up clipping/distortion and also the DAW u use for examples of how to decrease it. For example on ableton you can throw a Limiter on the channel that appears to be clipping and decrease it.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 03:10 PM

What did you do for mastering?

EQ, Compression, some stereo effects, a lil reverb... alot of things really...

I hear the clipping also. I would suggest look up clipping/distortion and also the DAW u use for examples of how to decrease it. For example on ableton you can throw a Limiter on the channel that appears to be clipping and decrease it.


The bass, in this case, is made by distortioning to sample signal at a lower octave. Since, it's distorded in nature, I don't think a limiter would be useful on an already not peaking track would. But then again, I will try anyway.

I really don't hear any clipping. Maybe it's all too loud? Maybe my master output should be -0.5bd and not 0. What do you think?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 03:59 PM

It might be the stretching that distorts it, but it seems like a lot... dunno, maybe you're already pushing some kind of limiter too hard?
If you're sure that you're not clipping at any point in your signal chain, a limiter won't help. Might be something else then.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:14 AM

EQ, Compression, some stereo effects, a lil reverb... alot of things really...



The bass, in this case, is made by distortioning to sample signal at a lower octave. Since, it's distorded in nature, I don't think a limiter would be useful on an already not peaking track would. But then again, I will try anyway.

I really don't hear any clipping. Maybe it's all too loud? Maybe my master output should be -0.5bd and not 0. What do you think?

One way of finding out is strip it back till it doesn't do it, remove all fx's, thinking it's the stereo effects and compression, you get the mix right you shouldn't have to add much in mastering.




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