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Old 08-08-2016, 12:33 PM   #1
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Hard Clipping Effect

So i have a feeling their might be an obvious solution to this but I've been unable to find any help online.

So occasionally I'll accidentally turn a sound above 0db so that it hard clips. I love the effect that it has on the sound. Especially on snares.

How can I reproduce this sound while keeping the volume below 0db?

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Old 08-08-2016, 02:58 PM   #2
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Re: Hard Clipping Effect

Mhhh, i don't know if this will work but try this:

when getting the desired effect above the 0dB peak meter, load the plug-in EDISON and use the record button to capture whatever you are currently playing. The EDISON will get the actual sound with all of the post processing effects (including clipping). Once you've got this, stop recording and drag it to the step sequencer or playlist and there you have it, now you can play around with its independent level amount and control it as any other audio file of yours.

I hope it works, let me know.
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Old 08-08-2016, 03:28 PM   #3
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Re: Hard Clipping Effect

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Old 08-09-2016, 01:10 PM   #4
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Re: Hard Clipping Effect

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Mhhh, i don't know if this will work but try this:

when getting the desired effect above the 0dB peak meter, load the plug-in EDISON and use the record button to capture whatever you are currently playing. The EDISON will get the actual sound with all of the post processing effects (including clipping). Once you've got this, stop recording and drag it to the step sequencer or playlist and there you have it, now you can play around with its independent level amount and control it as any other audio file of yours.

I hope it works, let me know.


So this is the first thing I tried. Surprisingly the effect disappears when you bring the volume down afterwards and sounds exactly like the original sample.

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Old 08-09-2016, 01:37 PM   #5
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Re: Hard Clipping Effect

This is a pretty interesting question. I remembered a buddy of mine doing something like this years ago but on a console, though I'm sure the concept remains the same.


You'll need two free mixer tracks. We'll call these tracks "Track A" and "Track B".
First, route your signal source to Track A.
Then, route the signal from Track A to Track B only, making sure it's not going to the master channel. You'll also want to keep an eye on the send volume level amount.
On Track A, keep increasing the volume until it goes above 0dB. You can increase volume with the actual mixer fader or you can use plugins with volume controls to help you.
Once you've achieved the sound you want, decrease the send volume level until the volume level in Track B at a level that you think it's safe or to your liking.
Now, you've literally achieved the hard clipping effect with Track A and you can control the volume of the signal using Track B.


I think that should be it. I'm sure there are other means of doing like by using distortion plugins. FL Studio has a pretty weird distortion plugin called "Fruity Waveshaper" which is weird but it's pretty cool, though I can't figure out how to use it, LOL. Still, this is a simple and raw way to do it. Hope it helps!

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Re: Hard Clipping Effect

Nevermind, ignore my previous post. I just tried this out just now on FL. It didn't work. Guess the concept isn't the same on console as it is on DAW

I guess, your only other option is to use distortion plugins. I mentioned Fruity Waveshaper, which is cool though I still don't understand it. Image-Line did release a tutorial about it, you should check it out.



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Re: Hard Clipping Effect

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So this is the first thing I tried. Surprisingly the effect disappears when you bring the volume down afterwards and sounds exactly like the original sample.
Well, shiet.
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Re: Hard Clipping Effect

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So this is the first thing I tried. Surprisingly the effect disappears when you bring the volume down afterwards and sounds exactly like the original sample.
What recording settings are you using in edison? You need to make sure the bit depth is as low as possible. 24 and 32-bit audio won't clip at 0 db, only 16-bit will, so if you record in higher bit depths, you'll lose the distortion when you go back down.
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Old 08-11-2016, 05:59 PM   #9
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Re: Hard Clipping Effect

When you've got the snare over 0dB, solo it and render it to a new track as is. Then you can use the new track as desired with the clipped sound and still be below zero.

Or use GClip as an insert.
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Re: Hard Clipping Effect

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Old 09-09-2016, 05:23 PM   #11
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Re: Hard Clipping Effect

Why not brick wall the desired sound with rough rider? You can easily turn it into an overdrive.

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