ClipShifter is a clipping-style limiter that provides enough user controls to be useful in all mixing stages. ClipShifter uses a unique threshold control to change the clipping threshold dynamically based on the transient characteristics of the incoming audio. The sonic characteristics of the clipping distortion can be altered from hard, brickwall-style clipping, to softer saturation with compression. Additional parameters allow the user to control the even- and odd-order components of the saturation.
Clip, Compress, Distort, or Limit: you get to choose
ClipShifter is a wave-shaping audio plugin that functions like a clipping-style limiter. It provides enough user controls to be useful in all mixing stages: from distorting basses and drums, to maximizing mix buses and warming-up overall mixes. The sonic characteristics of the clipping distortion can be altered from hard, brickwall-style clipping, to softer saturation with compression.
ClipShifter can function as a static clipping effect, but it can also respond to the transient qualities of the incoming signal. The threshold for clipping can be set to either rise or fall as the level of audio increases. The speed can be set using the Attack Time control and the Fast Release button. Let the transients through while distorting the rest, or distort that initial bass thump while letting the rest sound clean. A new feature in version 2.2 is the independent Left/Right (or Mid/Side) Threshold Control. Choose between Independent, Maximum, or Average to determine how the the clipping thresholds dynamically change.
Dial-in the sound of your choice, from heavy distortion to subtle compression
ClipShifter includes controls to change the clip shape and to adjust the harmonic content. Setting the Clip Shape control to maximum produces a hard-clipped sound, while lesser settings verge on subtle compression with minimal auditory distortion. The harmonics control allows you to control the amount of even-order and odd-order distortion.
Choose your frequencies (paid feature)
The multiband crossover gives you finer control. The revised 3-band crossover controls lets you pick which frequencies are processed, and which frequencies are passed through to the output. Each of the three frequencies can be processed independently for maximum versatility. For example, you can choose to process the middle band without processing the hi or low frequencies. The Gain Select control determines if you want the EQ gains to be applied before clipping, after clipping, or as a SideChain effect (i.e., increases and decreases of gain are nullified post processing).
Oversampling & Doubling (paid feature)
Oversampling improves the audio quality on maximum-clipped sounds. For many digital effects, oversampling improves the audio by reducing aliasing effects. ClipShifter internally filters and processes audio at 2X, 4X, or 8X the sample rate to reduce aliasing artifacts. The Double feature processes that entire audio through the clipping algorithm an additional time. This prevents any “overs” (when using ClipShifter as a brickwall limiter) and also alters the harmonic content of the output.
Mid/Side Processing (paid feature)
Similarly to the multiband frequency control, ClipShifter 2.2 allows you to process stereo information separately through the clipping algorithm. The revised M/S controls provide independent clipping processing to the Mid and Side channels. Controls for Gain and Width lets you tailor the output of ClipShifter to the desired depth of stereo field.