Initial Clipper
by Initial Audio
2.7 / 5     (6 votes)
Win64 OSX
Initial Clipper is a soft clipper which prevents your audio signal from going above zero decibels.  

It does this by smoothing the peaks with soft clipping starting from the threshold. The faster and higher the peaks the more you need to bring down the threshold to get a pleasing sound.  Initial Clipper comes with a very handy (and cool looking) peak display. Any peaks that enter the threshold area will have soft clipping applied, hence smoothing them out and taming the loudness.

We also added extra saturation. Because who doesn’t want more saturation!? The positive and negative saturation parameters allow you to add extra harmonic and non-harmonic saturation to your audio signal, this will create that extra fatness and warmth to your sound. Be aware this saturation will decrease your mixes dynamic range as it applies to the whole signal and not just the peaks.

Using a soft clipper on the master channel is very common, therefore we have added an industry standard LUFS (Integrated) Meter so you immediately know how loud your mix is.
LMusic Mar 03 2024
(5 / 5)
Mar 03 2024
It's actually a very good-sounding plugin. I downloaded it from the official website, so maybe I have a different version of it. Yes, it adds about 3.5 dB or so. You can compensate for it with the input gain knob. Initially, I tried it and forgot about it. But then I gave it another try and compared it with other clippers. Now, I really like it. Also, you can turn off the UI (if your DAW allows it) and you'll see a parameter that allows you to turn off saturation to use only clipping - it sounds cleaner this way. So, the plugin could have been done better, but sound-wise it is very good. Try it for yourself and then decide. There's a dynamic EQ from the same developer; it also has some bugs but sounds very good. The developer definitely should do a better job to unlock the potential of their product.
Isaak Mar 14 2023
(1 / 5)
Mar 14 2023
Horrible sound. Not an actual clipper. Don't bother!
Jungle Fuzz Jan 26 2023
(2 / 5)
Jan 26 2023
We can't control the output or how many dbs will be increase, turn it on and 3dbs gonna be added. Don't work for me.
Ruslan Jan 29 2022
Jan 29 2022
Thanks, the plugin works but I still don't understand if I like it or not.
Erin Nov 16 2021
(1 / 5)
Nov 16 2021
Not good. The transfer curve has many discontinuities, no matter the settings.
Faydit Nov 10 2021
(2 / 5)
Nov 10 2021
Nice idea, nice GUI, unfortunately not so nice sounding, for my taste much too synthetically sounding results. I‘m sorry, but for me this „clipping“ does not at all sound like clipping, this „saturation“ does not at all sound like saturation. Other comparable plugins do a much better job! At least for me!
mf Nov 10 2021
(5 / 5)
Nov 10 2021
Marcelo Garzon Nov 08 2021
Nov 08 2021
Thanks for the vst, it's very good.