I have a question about clipping during mastering, in Cubase 7.5 and in general.
Let’s say I have the Cubase Maximizer plug-in (or another limiter) on the main stereo output (pre-fader), and have the Apogee UV22HR on the same main output (but post-fader). The main stereo output fader is set to 0.0.
Let’s say I have “output” set to 0.0 inside the Maximizer, and I raise the “optimize” knob until the sound reaches the clipping limit (I think 0.0).
As far as I know the Apogee plug-in will add a kind of low-volume noise to the music. Since I have previously pushed the sound just under the clipping limit, is it possible that adding this low-volume noise could bring some clipping?
Or is it so much low-volume that it won’t have any such effect?
I was thinking if I should lower a little the “output” setting inside the Maximizer. Does it make any sense? Would lowering to -0.1 be enough?
Would lowering this setting (below 0.0) also have other benefits, perhaps it would reduce the possibility of distortion with cheap music players?
In any case would the meters of the main stereo output show if some clipping is occuring, even if the Apogee is post-fader? In other words, do the meters on the main stereo output show what is happening after everything, including the post-fader plug-ins?
Other questions, about your tastes:
What do you think about the “soft clip” option inside the Cubase Maximizer? Do you think it sounds good?
Do you like the Cubase Maximizer for raising a little the volume (no loudness wars), or do you think the bundled Cubase Limiter or other bundled plug-ins sound better?