Airwindows ADClip8: Free Mac/Windows/Linux/Pi AU/VST/Rack

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TL;DW: ADClip8 is the ultimate Airwindows loudenator/biggenator.

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The last time we saw an Airwindows ADClip, the full version rather than a neat and tidy stripped-down version, was October 8… of 2017. It's been more than six years since the king of loudenators saw an update, in part because ClipOnly got followed by ClipOnly2, which was such a good high-sample-rate clipper that it was all I needed for years. ClipOnly2 is still the cleanest, purest way to take small amounts of peak clipping to your signal: it's great as a safety clip.

But, while working on a new version tailored to the needs of Final Cut Pro (which is also coming), something new arose.

What would happen if the FCP version, which has a built-in slew clip and makes heavy use of Golden Ratios to arrive at its results, was adapted to a new ADClip? What if it was scaled to regular clipping levels, given a ceiling control to dial back its maximum to taste, what would happen if it was stacked up with a whole array of FinalClips in series like some of the other Airwindows plugins like to do? We're no longer dealing with ClipOnly2. Much like the original ADClip7, we're adding extra stuff and running a more complicated algorithm. But we've still got some of the special features of ADClip7, like the gain-matched mode and the Clips Only setting.

Enter ADClip8. It has more settings. They go Normal, Gain Matched, Clip Only… then, Afterburner, Explode, Nuke, Apocalypse, and lastly Apotheosis. No, really! That's the new settings.

What they represent is added stages, so Normal is a single stage (as is Gain Matched), Clip Only shows you where clips begin, and then the new modes are named for the sounds they produce, at two, three, four, five and six stages of special slew-clipped ClipOnly2 style sample-rate aware clipping. In practice, think 'bigger, bassier, thicker' as you continue to add stages. You may not always want to run the full six stages, you might want to voice it to your needs.

The interesting part is how all this affects intersample peaking. Because the process brings in slew clipping and repeated use of the ClipOnly2 algorithm, which resists harsh entry into and exit from a clipped state, dialing up ADClip8 and cranking the gain produces an intensely saturated sound that resists intersample peaking not through filtration, but mechanically. It will literally put in transition samples to resist the intersample peaks from going beyond regular clipping. The more stages, the more thoroughly it resists 'true peak'.

I would say don't use this for evil but who am I kidding. If you beat everyone with 'competitive loudness' this way, please never expect me to listen to what you did, I'll be hiding under my bed, regretting everything. :D

For what it's worth, 'Apotheosis' mode should also be a very nice way to do extremely moderate transparent clipping of challenging material: ClipOnly2 will still be more transparent but only sounds like a slightly brighter version of ADClip8 Normal mode. Apotheosis mode simply does more and I wouldn't blame anybody for preferring it. Hope you like ADClip8!

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Hey Chris,

I have trouble understanding the ceiling slider. On other clippers, as you lower the ceiling you get more and more clipping and at some point the sound is completely distorted. On adclip8 the ceiling seems to be something different because even at full right or full left the sound doesn't change that much unless I increase drive. Since there is no output control, I'd prefer lowering the ceiling so volume doesn't get boosted that much. Can you explain how the ceiling is supposed to be used?
Thank you in advance!

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Dr.Gunjah wrote: Tue May 21, 2024 5:00 am Hey Chris,

I have trouble understanding the ceiling slider. On other clippers, as you lower the ceiling you get more and more clipping and at some point the sound is completely distorted. On adclip8 the ceiling seems to be something different because even at full right or full left the sound doesn't change that much unless I increase drive. Since there is no output control, I'd prefer lowering the ceiling so volume doesn't get boosted that much. Can you explain how the ceiling is supposed to be used?
Thank you in advance!
It doesn't extend to 'completely distorted'. It should work the way you're intending to use it, just go ahead :)

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Maybe the issue is I work differently. I'm usually at signal levels around -18dbfs until the final limiter where volume gets boosted to 'commercial' levels. So if I use a clipper before the limiter I would reduce the ceiling instead of increasing drive to get clipping down there and not at 0dbfs. I guess adclip doesn't work this way?
The reason is that I want to be able to bypass any plugin in the chain without volume changes so I can quickly hear what it does.

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Dr.Gunjah wrote: Wed May 22, 2024 2:05 am Maybe the issue is I work differently. I'm usually at signal levels around -18dbfs until the final limiter where volume gets boosted to 'commercial' levels. So if I use a clipper before the limiter I would reduce the ceiling instead of increasing drive to get clipping down there and not at 0dbfs. I guess adclip doesn't work this way?
The reason is that I want to be able to bypass any plugin in the chain without volume changes so I can quickly hear what it does.
If you put it in gain matched mode I think it will work as you want? ADClip7 does for sure...

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What is gain matched mode?

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