[PD] differences between clip~ and limiter~?

derek holzer derek at x-i.net
Sat Aug 27 10:08:52 CEST 2005

A very quick explaination:

[clip~] simply cuts off the range of the signal at whatever threshold 
you set, giving you a square peak and often a "clipped", distorted sound.

[limiter~] looks ahead one DSP block and when it finds that the signal 
will go over the threshold set, it lowers the gain preemptively for a 
given length of time (the "release" time). The idea is that you don't 
get such square, chopped-off peaks and therefore you don't add 
noticeable distortion to your sound.

You might do some reading on the principles of audio dynamics processors 
online, as they are very common and useful pieces of audio hardware as 
well as software:



matias kapo wrote:
> hello all, can anybody explain me  the differences between clip~ and
> limiter~?
> thanks in advance
> matias

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