Question about condenser mic clipping
I'm not sure how to phrase this question, so bare with me:
If I record something, I'll call it X, and then I record something that shows up as being louder in my DAW, and I haven't changed any preamp gains in between, does that necessarily mean that my mics didn't distort X?
In other words, does a condenser mic have an absolute level where it clips, or does it's distortion raise gradually as the level goes up?
The reason I'm asking this is because I recorded a big band a couple weeks ago with my Naiant U-M microphones, which have an SPL rating of 126 dB @ 1% THD. I think I might be hearing some distortion, but I'm not sure. In one of the songs there's a snare drum hit that shows up as being louder than anything else, so does that necessarily mean that my mics didn't distort anything else? My logic tells me that they couldn't have clipped anything else, but they might have distorted it another way.