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CLIPPING occurs when the amplitude of a sample exceeds the quantization range. A clipped waveform appears to be cut off at the top and bottom, contains more sharp corners, and sounds “rougher” (is noisier) than the original waveform.


Original Waveform with high amplitude

Clipped waveform resulting from quantization range not
being high enough to accurately represent the extremes of amplitude.

CLIPPING and QUANTIZATION NOISE can be reduced or eliminated by:

– reducing the input volume (no RED on the VU Meter).
– using a MIXER for multiple inputs and then adjusting the MIXER’s Master Volume level.

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