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3rd party programs now show clipping when I know there isn't (or is there?)

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asked Dec 4, 2018 in Studio One 4 by martyc1 (1,830 points)
edited Dec 10, 2018 by martyc1

I don't know if this is an adobe audition problem or studio one problem.

I have always used the stock limiter and set it at 0db to export wav files.  I then listen to clips in adobe audition.  Studio one never warns me of clipping on export (i know it will warn us), but when I open the files in audition, I see clipping.  I expect that behavior only with mp3 files since they 'expand' when decoded.

I open the same wav file in a new project in s1, no clipping.

Why worry?  If I send audio over to a video editor, and they use the adobe suite, they will assume my audio is clipping. The attached image shows a picture in picture crop of both premiere and audition showing the clipping.

Since I can't reply, Busker, I don't usually send an audio editor mix downs of dialogue at 0 DB. I only noticed this with EDM like tracks I compost and push to 0DB.  Adobe audition never showed clipping until I moved to CC2019.  If I take the same wav file back into S1, the 0db limit stays there, no clipping.  Just want to make sure no one has seen the stock limiter allow a set limit actually go over said limit.

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answered Dec 9, 2018 by aka_busker (32,890 points)
selected Dec 10, 2018 by martyc1
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Hi, are you hard limiting the mix bus to 0dB when exporting a mix?  Try taking the limiter down to -3 or take the limiter off the mix bus. If you are mastering to 0dB, I would advise just taking the limiter off. Just don't mix that hot.  I E.q a mix bus but never hard limit.  Maybe a touch of 2:1 compression but I always leave 15 dB headroom at the mix stage.  I don't master often but I wouldn't take a master to 0db hard limit.  Personally I don't want more than a -10db at the loudest part of my mix or master.

I hope that helps you some.