Free Clip
by Venn Audio
4.9 / 5     (11 votes)
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Free Clip is an intuitive multi algorithm soft clipper / wave shaper plugin.

The plugin allows you to choose between a range of wave shapes or ‘sigmoid functions’, from the most transparent but harshest hard clip, to the ‘softest’ but most saturated arctangent shape. You can then intuitively set the ceiling level using the slider that perfectly matches the level meter next to it. Oversampling is also available to remove high frequency aliasing; when oversampling is on this does introduce peaks slightly over the ceiling level however, so if you intend to use this plugin with oversampling as the final plugin on the master chain, ensure the ceiling level is set appropriately and/or the post-oversampling clip setting is set.

This plugin is a great way to conveniently transparently boost volume without clipping your daw, whether it be an individual stem or sound effect, or an entire track that you made. It is recommended that the hardclip, quantic or cubic shape be used for mastering, as these introduce no or minimal saturation.

The plugin can be also used as a more traditional saturation/distortion plugin by setting a ‘softer’ wave shape, such as algebraic or arctangent – simply lower the ceiling level to provide more saturation to the signal – just remember to boost the output afterwards. Alternatively you can boost the input gain into the clipper for the same effect. In this case, increasing the oversampling value is helpful if you’re hearing high frequency aliasing! Be warned that high oversampling values such as 16 or 32 times can be very heavy on the CPU.
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HF_3000 Mar 22 2022
(5 / 5)
Mar 22 2022
Superb and better than many paid-ones! But I still prefer GClip - it is less pumpy.
Bob Jun 05 2021
(5 / 5)
Jun 05 2021
One of the best plugins i use. So many uses, from waveshapping to saturation. the rating is 6/5
Willi Jan 19 2021
(5 / 5)
Jan 19 2021
Even with the most subtle setting, the quintic setting, and only a few dB underneath the highest peaks you can gain a decent amount of headroom which allows you to get the desired loudness and it rounds up/smoothes the overall sound of the song. Nice one. :)
Kelvin Shakerman Nov 14 2020
(4 / 5)
Nov 14 2020
Never knew a software could sound so good...
Luca Jan 07 2020
(5 / 5)
Jan 07 2020
It makes my kicks hit way harder than any other plugin I've ever tried.
Palco KHTV Aug 12 2019
(5 / 5)
Aug 12 2019
Mellow Browne Oct 28 2018
(5 / 5)
Oct 28 2018
Definitely in my top 10. Amazing to tame any hard transients in your mix where the compressor isn´t transparent enough.
THANKS! Mar 25 2018
(5 / 5)
Mar 25 2018
Thank you SO much for this.
PATO May 30 2017
May 30 2017
Nossa que plugin, muito bom, varias funçoes, gostei bastante, recomendo.
Faydit May 29 2017
(5 / 5)
May 29 2017
Useful and powerful tool.