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Peak clipping to tame unsteady peaks

T-RackS Classic Clipper - Finally levelled Harmonics?

Published 9:08 am on Monday 21st September 2020 by Beat Magazine

On top of acting as a last stage dynamic control, another clever use of this processor is to generate harmonic saturation: when set for high gain and lower output the track will get a range of saturation which, according to the levels set can go from some mild harmonics to a very pronounced distortion. This can be a very handy tool to breathe some more life and presence in a cold and sterile track, giving it boldness and personality, or to achieve some very special creative distortion effects, where a track processes with the T-RackS clipper will sound completely different.

A good example of this can be a snare track, or bass track which may be weak or dynamically inconsistent: running them through the Clipper and raising the level will saturate them nicely making them more present and bold in the mix. Be careful not to overdo it as too much distortion can be difficult to blend well in the soundscape of a mix. Of course the clipping effect achieved with controls set according will prevent digital overs with a pleasing sound free of distortion.

Follow these steps below to receive the T-RackS Classic Clipper for Mac/PC.

  1. Sign up for the IK Multimedia newsletter here

  2. Go to the My Products area to redeem your free gift

  3. Download and open the IK Product Manager

  4. Log into your account and select Manage My Products

  5. Using the Software section, download and authorize T-RackS 5

  6. Open up your DAW or the T-RackS 5 CS standalone application and enjoy!

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