by J1000
4.9 / 5     (7 votes)
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CL36 is a 3 band soft clipper.

Audio signal gets separated into three frequency ranges – low (LF), mid (MF) and high (HF). Each range has identical controls and internal processing: you can set the clipping amount, bias and gain. Also, you can choose between normal and hard clipping and apply random LFO modulating signal. After signal gets mixed back to full-range you can filter it and pass it through one more clipping stage that always keeps peak levels below 0dBFS. Optional Mid+Side mode produces more wider sound. CL36 is great for taming transients like those produced by percussive sounds or instruments with very low attack/decay times. It can also be used on full mixes before final limiter:
  • Three-band soft-clipping with waveshapers.
  • Two waveshaping curves – normal and hard.
  • Additional full-range soft-clipping stage keeping levels below 0dBFS.
  • Waveshaping bias control with optional LFO modulation.
  • Mid+Side processing mode.
  • Output filtering of low and high ends of spectrum.
  • Second order (12dB/oct) crossover to preserve spectrum continuity.
  • Zoomable waveform display showing combined channels output.
  • 32-bit internal precision with zero latency and low CPU consumption.
Koshhi Aug 17 2023
(5 / 5)
Aug 17 2023
This is excellent. I´d really like to know exactly what the Mid Side mode does, there´s little information on the pdf that comes with the file. But thanks anyway!
Gustavo Apr 12 2020
(4 / 5)
Apr 12 2020
soulmuzicproductions Jan 21 2020
(5 / 5)
Jan 21 2020
Amazing PLUGIN. Best free Multi-band soft clipper ever. Reminds me of fab filter saturn.
Bill Miles Jun 25 2019
Jun 25 2019
Just tried this. Lovely and smooth overdrive. Not crackly and breaks up like many. Great for guitar with the right cab etc. Thank you for this lovely software.
Pete Feb 24 2019
(5 / 5)
Feb 24 2019
Great way to endlessly sculp drums, I've not come across anything like this.
Robin Dec 21 2018
Dec 21 2018
I tried this, it works as a VST but I couldn't figure it out. It might just be me but I don't know what the "bias" is suppose to do, the wave form display (& white lines) didn't seem to change at all while I was doing things so I had no way to meter how much was being clipped other than listening, it also passes so fast it's nigh impossible to see properly. Try it for yourself but I gave up and used Gvst's clipper instead, where the waveform metering actually showed me what was happening, which I found much easier to use. Real shame though, because I loved the idea of (free) multiband clipping.
Peter V Mar 14 2018
Mar 14 2018
This is actually incredible. First time I put it on drums I was blown away. Love it ever since.
Soul Taco Mar 02 2016
(5 / 5)
Mar 02 2016
This is ridiculously good.
John Eshghi May 11 2015
(5 / 5)
May 11 2015
Special Thanks To Jovan koncar.