In the digital realm, clipping audio has never been easier, and this video from Propellerhead strengthens our understanding of this important concept. From bit-depth to the loudness wars, there is plenty that we can learn from this video.
With respect to gain-staging, it’s definitely advised to avoid clipping, however, it’s not always a bad thing. We can clip our individual tracks and be safe, so long as no distortion is heard and the master fader isn’t clipping. This allows us to push our plugins harder, occasionally achieving unique and musical results.