GClip Free Wave-Shaping Signal Clipper

GVST GClip Free Wave-Shaping Signal Clipper

GVST GClip is a free wave-shaping signal clipper VST plugin for music production, broadcasting and general audio editing.

GClip prevents the signal level from exceeding a specified maximum. The clipping function used can be altered to have a hard- or soft knee. Clip peaks off audio with abrupt or smooth wave-shaping. Graph and waveform displays assist in setting the clip level according to the source material. Oversampling can be enabled to reduce aliasing.

The display features three main areas. At the top-left is the graph display, to the right is the wave display and at the bottom-left are the parameter controls:

  • Graph Display shows the shape of the clipping function that is applied to incoming samples. All three knobs affect the shape of this curve.
  • Wave Display shows the waveform of the signal after the input gain has been applied. Superimposed over that is the output signal, after clipping. So you get a before and after display. The clipping level is also displayed as a solid horizontal line.
  • Gain allows you to raise the signal level before clipping.
  • Clip: The clipping level as a percentage of the maximum sample value. So, if you consider samples to go from -1 to 1, then a clipping level of 50% will restrict all samples to between -0.5 and 0.5.
  • Softness sets the shape of the “knee” of the clipping function. If this parameter is 0% then GClip behaves as a simple signal clipper, truncating samples that exceed the clipping level. Greater values for softness will cause samples approaching the clipping level to be affected.
  • 2x Oversample: Turn oversampling on or off. Wave-shaping can introduce audible aliasing, especially with more drastic settings. The oversampling mode can help to minimize aliasing in such cases.

Supported platforms & download

Windows | macOS


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