Did you know REAPER includes over 250 audio effects? JS Effect Spotlight is a series of articles highlighting the often overlooked JS effects included with REAPER.
The Soft_Clipper effect written by Shwa is another hidden gem in the JS effects bundle and one I use a lot in mixing rock music.
A soft clipper takes the loudest peaks and rounds them off. Often this is a more effective way of increasing loudness than a brickwall limiter, it doesn’t pump!
Pushing it hard can cause distortion but when clipping off a couple dB either on a master or individual tracks it can be very transparent.
The JS soft_clipper has only two controls:
Boost increases the input up to 9dB
Output brickwall is the ceiling or absolute max output level which can be set from -3 and +1 dBFS
You can use this on your master bus either before or in place of a brickwall limiter. I find it very useful on kick and snare tracks where I need them to be loud but not actually take up headroom.
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