Windows 32/64-bit VST and VST3
OSX AU, VST, and VST3 32/64-bit Universal Binaries
($0 or $11.76 for Multiband crossover, M/S processing, and Oversampling)
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 busses 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.
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.
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.
The multiband crossover gives you finer control. A 3-band crossover lets you pick which frequencies are processed, and which frequencies are passed through to the output. Choose between processing low, low + mid, mid, mid + high, high, or all frequencies. For example, you can choose to process the middle band without processing the hi or low frequencies.
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 new Double feature processes that entire audio through the clipping algorithm. This prevents any “overs” (when using ClipShifter as a brickwall limiter) and also alters the harmonic content of the output.
Similarly to the multiband frequency control, ClipShifter 2.1 allows you to process stereo information separately through the clipping algorithm. Either Left/Right, Mid, or Side information can be clipped. Controls for Gain and Width lets you tailor the output of ClipShifter to the desired depth of stereo field.
- 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
- Visual display of signals using 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
- Selectable frequency control (paid feature) to target the right frequencies for processing
- Oversampling (paid feature) at 2X, 4X, and 8X the incoming sample rate for reducing aliasing
The additional features of ClipShifter are accessible after installing a registration file. You can use ClipShifter on multiple computers, and there is no dongle or computer ID scheme that ties registration to only one computer. The registration file and instructions will be sent to you within 24-48 hours after your transaction is completed with PayPal (typically, only within a few hours). Please use the Contact Form for any specific questions related to purchasing/licensing.
Cost: $11.76 (USD)*
($0 and $11.76 versions)
Windows VST formats
Windows VST3 formats
OSX AU, VST, & VST3 disk image
A special thanks to my beta testers, Björn Lundberg and “Dean Aka Nekro”. If you have any suggestions, feedback, problems, or questions with ClipShifter or future plugins, please feel free to email support [at] lvcaudio [dot] com.