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Old 11th June 2006
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Clear Channel

My friend who is Recordist for a Symphony and a former Broadcast Engineer told me that Clear Channel distributes a box to every new station called the "clipper" which takes limiting to the limit, so to speak, by simply forcing a hard clip. It goes between the limiter and the RF chain. This finally explains why I can identify a clear channel station in the first second of listening. This frankly disgusts me since it trains the ears of the general public to accept crap in the name of a tiny increment of reach.

I hear stuff I've mixed on the radio and its lost so much dynamic range its just not fun to listen to. The problem is I'm not sure how to respond: Leave more dynamic range in the final to fight back, or slam the 2bus so that at least I know the material will sound like after being decimated by limiting. Any suggestions? Both?