New very early development version of clipper plugin

I’m glad to introduce early development version of new clipper plugin!

The main question: is it good enough to make GUI and release it or it’s too raw? In latter case I’ll continue development.

[Serp Clipper Win 32 VST version]

[Serp Clipper Win 64 VST version]

NOTE: if you interested in Mac VST version write me and I’ll compile it.

Mode “A”:

  • highly oversampled;
  • gently sloping antialiasing filter;
  • linear frequency response;
  • linear phase response;
  • latency: 2 samples

Mode “B”:

  • moderate oversampling;
  • steeper antialiasing filter;
  • ~0.2 dB nonlinear frequency response;
  • nonlinear phase response (sound coloring);
  • latency: 3 samples

Also I want to say I don’t like how heavily clipped records sound. But at the same time I think clipping of very short peaks sounds more transparent than using brickwall limiter.

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17 responses to “New very early development version of clipper plugin

  1. bruce landry 2011/06/30 at 09:55

    This is actually a really great idea you have here. I’m 64bit windows, would love to try it.

  2. Bob 2011/06/30 at 13:55

    O.k., help me out a bit. We have limiters for limiting, right ? And we have maximizers for maximization. But what is actually the function of a clipper ? Clipping ??? Something that we normaly try to prevent ? What is a clipper good for ?
    If its something like Master- or Tape- Saturation, then give it one of yours soviet GUIs and bring it out ! 😉

    • vladgsound 2011/06/30 at 22:26

      You can look at the clipper as at the limiter with zero or very small (much smaller than 1 sample) attack and release. It doesn’t have “breathing” effect but it can’t be used for continuous sounds limiting: only for signal peaks. Also clipper is like saturator because they’re both wave shapers but (hard) clipper doesn’t affect the signal below threshold.

      Clippers can be used on track with very short peaks for snare track for example or for metal kick drum with “click” (but can’t be used for hip-hop fat kick). For the final mix you can use 1 dB clipping after brickwall limiter to make sound louder (if the client wants it) or to make it a bit sharper (it works OK for track with a lot of distorted instruments). Also you can use clipper before brickwall limiter if the sound is very soft after brickwalling.

      And finally if you like the sound of some analog limiter emulation (without lookahead) but the signal can’t cross 0 dB you can use the clipper after this limiter.

      It’s very important to adjust the clipping to that level on which you can’t hear any distortion on your monitoring system.

      • Bob 2011/07/01 at 11:12

        O.k., guess i understand now. Sounds like a clipper is caring about the Inter Sample Peaks or shapes them. However it only seem to be right inserted in few situations. Maybe on some over transiented Steel Guitars too.

        However, Thank you very much for the detailed infos.

  3. sn 2011/07/11 at 01:06

    Thank you !
    Nice plugin, i wish it could have a gui 🙂

  4. dubocalypse 2011/07/20 at 01:24

    Yes, a gui would be nice… not an everyday plugin like your compression beast, but without doubt a useful tool imho! Thanks for your work!

  5. dubocalypse 2011/07/20 at 11:13

    @bob: No, it’s not about the inter-sample-peaks, it’s about the “real” peaks!

  6. Steve 2011/08/02 at 20:04

    Hi Vladg,

    I hope so, you will make a nice GUI for clipper like Molot. Other: I did a check with a meter “AudioPluggers K-Meters” with 4x oversampling measuring. The plugin chain is,
    LIMITER – after SERP – METER
    And the material has oversampled. Why???

  7. Alteregoxxx 2011/08/05 at 16:32

    Thanks for the plugin mate!
    The clipper sounds good but also pretty “standard”, in the sense that it is identical (inverse polarity test) to all the other clippers i have (like Gclip, EventHorizon etc etc).Since we expect great things from you, i would suggest to listen and to “study” the only “different” clipper in the vst market, the IKMultimedia Classic Clipper, and try to understand how it process the low frequency content of the audio material. Try to do the inverse polarity test with your clipper and you’ll discover that there will be a residual low frequency content: here resides the magic of the IKMultimedia Classic Clipper. If you’ll understand what kind of dsp vodoo is behind it we will have the best Clipper free in circulation.
    Molot has always a special place in my heart! Thanks man! 😀

  8. Joachim 2011/08/06 at 21:34

    Don’t exactly have a need for a clipper in my music, but I really like Molot and the video is disarmingly young and charming! I liked it!

  9. evo2slo 2011/08/10 at 21:23

    Love your compressor and am very excited to try your clipper. Please compile a mac vst version. Many thanks!!!

    • vladgsound 2011/08/24 at 22:58

      Hi! Sorry, I don’t have possibility to compile Mac version now. BTW, I think this concept plugin is not good sounding. I tried to use it in a couple of projects but I didn’t like it. So I continue my work to improve it!

      • Jonas 2011/08/27 at 18:13

        Please study the harmonics created by the actual clipping, compare to analog back to back diodes, LED´s compared to zeners etc…

        If you can find a way to phase out the “ugly” harmonics you might have something here 🙂

        All the best // Jonas

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