Venn Audio releases Free
Clip plugin public beta
26th May 2017
Venn Audio has relased a
public beta of Free Clip, a multi algorithm
soft clipper/wave shaper audio effect plugin for
Windows and Mac.
Free Clip is an intuitive multi
algorithm soft clipper/wave shaper plugin, available
as a Windows VST or mac Audio Unit. The plugin
allows you to choose between a range of wave shapes
or ‘sigmoid functions’, from the most transparent
but harshest hard clip, to the ‘softest’ but most
saturated arctangent shape. You can then intuitively
set the ceiling level using the slider that
perfectly matches the level meter next to it.
Oversampling is also available to remove high
frequency aliasing; when oversampling is on this
does introduce peaks slightly over the ceiling level
however, so if you intend to use this plugin with
oversampling as the final plugin on the master
chain, ensure the ceiling level is set appropriately
and/or the post-oversampling clip setting is set.
This plugin is a great way to
conveniently transparently boost volume without
clipping your daw, whether it be an individual stem
or sound effect, or an entire track that you made.
It is recommended that the hardclip, quantic or
cubic shape be used for mastering, as these
introduce no or minimal saturation.
The plugin can be also used as a
more traditional saturation/distortion plugin by
setting a ‘softer’ wave shape, such as algebraic or
arctangent – simply lower the ceiling level to
provide more saturation to the signal – just
remember to boost the output afterwards.
Alternatively you can boost the input gain into the
clipper for the same effect. In this case,
increasing the oversampling value is helpful if
you’re hearing high frequency aliasing! Be warned
that high oversampling values such as 16 or 32 times
can be very heavy on the CPU.
Free Clip Beta is now available to
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