Originally Posted by u b k
is it too early to suggest that someone come up with a plug that simulates the actual a/d conversion of a track?
I didn't say anything but I have actually been working on that for a long time. I've got some theories on how it works, I have some ideas on how you know when you've done it. It'll be extremely solid punchy clipping but there's a softness about it and specifically the extreme highs will refuse to get hard. My theory is that this is through the hardware AD not having the highs' peaks all go to the same place, as that causes the 'hardness' sensation that's really unpleasant on the treble.
I got a huge burst of inspiration and worked instead of eating (hey, times are hard too, more food for tomorrow right?)
I've done it.
Seriously- I've done it. This might be the ultimate safety clipper for if you really don't want any console or other color, just hellacious amounts of gain. I've got it implemented like ShortBuss- it's control-less and you just put it last, before dithering. It clips to -0.3db to be mastering-friendly- you can cut CDs directly off the output once you dither it.
I'll work on getting it out there to buy- don't expect a lot of action this month due to Xmas but seriously, guys, if you can use AUs, problem solved. I tested it on one of my pop demo tracks, full band, at +20 db. It was insanely blasted but not hard at all and the highs don't all peak the same like you took a razor and shaved them off. OP problem solved if you can run AUs