ClipShifter 2.3.3

-Updated December 9, 2015-

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"The latest addition to my mastering chain is LVC-Audio's ClipShifter. It's the plugin I was looking for a long time and it even surprised me with a whole bunch of additional useful features. It's a must have for modern urban and dance production!"  Lex Barkey

2015-06-29 11_42_48-ClipShifter (x86 bridged)Clipping - with all of the options

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.

Dynamic Control2015-06-29 11_45_19-ClipShifter (x86 bridged)

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.2015-06-29 11_43_33-ClipShifter (x86 bridged)

Choose your frequencies (paid feature)

2015-06-29 11_44_27-ClipShifter (x86 bridged)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)2013-09-16 14_55_58-ClipShifter (x86 bridged)

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.

2015-06-29 11_44_55-ClipShifter (x86 bridged)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.

Main Features:

  • Clipping style limiter: from transparent sounding compression to hard clipping distortion
  • Controls for Clip Shape (hard to soft) and harmonics (even- and odd-order), so you can be in control of the sound
  • Low CPU usage for running multiple instances on multiple tracks
  • Standard LVC-Audio metering, including VU-style, PPM-style, and loudness meters to easily monitor input and output levels
  • Scalable waveform history view with click-and-drag editing of threshold controls to easily change and set clipping levels based on the incoming signal
  • 3-band crossover (paid feature) control utilizing 4th order LR filters for flat crossover response
  • Independent frequency clipping (paid feature) to target the right frequencies for processing and selectable EQ gain controls that can be used pre- or post-processing
  • Mid/Side processing option (paid feature)
  • Oversampling with Double Processing (paid feature) at 2X, 4X, and 8X the incoming sample rate for reducing aliasing
  • New (version 2.3.0) undo/redo history, A/B comparison, and cross-platform preset management with import/export ability


Purchasing ClipShifter

The additional features of ClipShifter are available for the cost of $24.95 USD.  To purchase ClipShifter, visit the Purchase Page or add to your cart now.

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(Free and Paid versions)

ClipShifter: OSX (2.3.3) AU, VST, VST3, RTAS, AAX

ClipShifter: Windows (2.3.3) VST, VST3, RTAS, AAX 32- and 64-bit

A special thanks to my beta testers. If you have any suggestions, feedback, problems, or questions with ClipShifter, please feel free to use the Contact form.


Version 2.3.2

  • Fixed issue with AU validation when using free version
  • Changed font on OS X so that text is easier to see
  • Improved issue with starting/stopping playback and audio glitches

Version 2.3.2

  • Improved accuracy of VU text values greater than -1 dB
  • Improved accuracy of clip reduction meters
  • More informative About Box (click on the LVC-Audio logo)
  • Improved handling of plugin latency with Steinberg software (VST3 format is still not recommended with Wavelab)
  • Windows installer now checks for presence of Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2013 (see install.txt for further information)
  • Improved handling of saving and recalling settings, including recalling knob multi-configuration settings
  • General enhancements and fixes
  • Improved loading and saving of settings from version 2.3.1

Version 2.3.1

  • Improved latency handling with VST3 formats in Steinberg software
  • New alternate settings for individual knobs (right-click or ctrl-shift click on knob to view)
  • Improved GUI with paid version when using A/B and Undo/Redo
  • Revised meters, including text readout for clip amount
  • Changed knobs to newer style
  • Improved clip indicator meter

Version 2.3.0

  • New A/B comparison and Copy-to feature
  • New Undo/Redo History
  • New cross-platform preset feature
  • New support for RTAS and AAX on Windows
  • Improvement for latency handling with VST3 formats
  • More accurate clip meter, and general VU/meter improvements
  • General enhancements and improvements

Version 2.2.5

  • improved HQ oversampling
  • update for compatibility with Pro Tools 11.2 (AAX)
  • text entry fix for controls with negative-only values (e.g., typing "5" will automatically be recognized as -5)
  • improve meter reset when clicking on the VU Text readout
  • standardized meter ballistics across all plugins
  • signed OSX installers
  • revised preset loading and saving function to "future-proof" loading older presets in new version of plugin

Version 2.2.4

  • AAX and RTAS plugin format for OSX (beta)
  • Fixed font display issue (Windows and OSX) and text entry bug (OSX)
  • Changed knob functionality for compliance with Pro Tools
  • New installer for Windows

Version 2.2.3

  • fixed incorrect stereo width settings in presets (i.e., stereo width set to mono)
  • new peak clipping meters
  • fixed color initialization issue with VST3 format
  • fixed potential memory issue when closing the plugin

Version 2.2.2

  • new 2x, 4x, and 8x oversampling with linear-phase filtering and latency compensation for mix control
  • new A->B comparison ability to each knob (double-click will return the knob to the previous value, and right-clicking a knob will set a new previous value)
  • new finer knob control using the alt and shift keys in combination with the mouse
  • fixed phase issues when using EQ features and mix control (internally compensated with all pass filters)
  • fixed preset loading to ensure that controls were initialized to correct values
  • improved registration process (registration files saved in common location)
  • improved waveform display and loudness meter
  • changed display of waveform and VUs to dB scaleImproved loudness meter using better peak control

Version 2.2.1

  • Improved loudness meter using better peak control
  • New mix (i.e., wet/dry) control
  • Fixed EQ processing buttons not reloading when recalling presets or saved sessions
  • Fixed L/R sides being flipped when using Mid/Side processing
  • Fixed gain discrepancy with Double processing (oversampling) engaged

Version 2.2.0

  • New separate L/R threshold tracking control
  • New L/R clipping meter and display of L/R threshold data in waveform view
  • Revised knob images and increased knob precision
  • Added finer gearing of knobs when holding shift or alt keys
  • Improved color display of waveform history
  • Improved control layout

Version 2.2.0 - Paid features:

  • New EQ controls with selectable gain options and independent clipping processing
  • New Mid/Side controls with independent clipping processing
  • Improved high frequency response with oversampling
  • Processing improvement when oversampling is engaged
  • Better Double processing with Mid/Side signals