In digital recording no signal exists beyond 0 dB, however, in analog recording peaks can and do exceed this point (e.g. +1dB). When the analog signal (original narration or tape transfer) exceeds 0dB, the signal peak in the digital audio reaches and stays at 0dB. If this continues for more than a short period of time ((approximately 10 samples), the result is "clipping" which results in distortion. Distortion resulting from high input levels in a digital production environment is much more noticeable and unpleasant than distortion resulting from high input levels in an analog production environment. It is essential to control digital recording levels so that the peaks do not exceed 0 dB.
Amplifier distortion occurring when a high energy wave form (a very loud sound resulting in a large output) is input into an amplifier and the amplifier is unable to fully reproduce it due to power supply limitations or amplifier design limitations resulting in the audio output waves being cut off (the rounded tops sliced off resulting in short waves with flat tops).
Amplifiers do this when they are being over driven, and are close to their working limit. The word refers to the top and bottom of the signal being clipped off, and this causes distortion, which can very easily damage speakers. All amplifiers have a light on the front panel to indicate this is happening, but the effect is very audible.
The distortion that occurs when a power amplifier is overdriven. This can be seen visually on an oscilloscope, when the peaks of a waveform are flattened, or "clipped of", at the signal's ceiling.
Audible distortion occurring when the peaks of an amplifier's output are flattened (or clipped). When the input is too high, an amplifier has insufficient power to accurately reproduce the output waveform.
Distortion in a sound signal caused by an amplifier or mixer being unable to handle the level of signal being fed to it.
A type of sound distortion which occurs when the signal level exceeds the headroom of the mixing console or other piece of audio processing equipment. (Has a slightly different meaning in video. See other glossary.)
In analog form an extreamly high signal which can not pass through the electronics causing moderate distortion. In digital form a signal higher than 0 Db that can not be represented by a digital sample causing extreme distortion and noise.
In audio equipment, severe distortion caused by a signal whose peak level exceeds the capabilities of the device processing the signal. Results in the flattening of the signal peaks as if they had been "clipped" off.
A type of distortion that occurs to a signal when the amplifier is driven into overload condition. Can damage equipment. Multitrack Record audio onto separate tracks.
When a sample is amplified up so that the peaks of the waveform go past the maximum level allowed and gets flattened out.
The loss of speech-signal components, resulting in the dropping of the initial or end parts of a word or words.
(1) A distortion caused by cutting off the peaks of audio signals. Clipping usually occurs in the amplifier when its input signal is too high or when the volume control is turned too high and the amplifier tries to put out too much current and it sends out direct current to the speakers. (2) when playing at loud volumes, and the cone of the driver "bottoms out" - it cannot move as far as the signal requires it to, it can produce a noise. If an amplifier or speaker is left operating in this condition, serious damage may occur.
Results in very loud/audible and potentially harmful distortion in the speakers. It occurs when a momentary volume peak requires more power than an amplifier can deliver.
is the annoying thumping or clicking noise made when an audio signal exceeds the capacity of the audio device playing it.
Buzzing or static distortion in an audio signal resulting from excessively high input volume level.
The point in gain at which an audio device no longer reproduces any more voltage or power, resulting in massive audio distortion. This is caused by overdriving the device Many devices have "Clip" indicators, which are usually red LED's labeled as such, or sometimes it's the top LED on a VU meter. They should not be lighting up under normal circumstances. The cure for clipping is simple: Turn down the volume. If the sound system is not loud enough at the point before amplifier clipping, you simply do not have a large enough amplifier and may need a much larger loudspeaker system. Besides being very unpleasant to listen to, clipping can lead to loudspeaker or driver failure, by literally tearing the loudspeaker apart or dramatically increase the heating of the loudspeaker voice coil. A good practice is to insert a compressor / limiter before the amplifier to prevent the amplifier from being overdriven.
Severe distortion resulting from a signal attempting to exceed the maximum level which a piece of equipment can accommodate.
Distortion that occurs when an amplifier is driven beyond its voltage, current or power limit. Clipping describes the "cutting off" of signal peaks when the amplifier's limit is exceeded by playing the system too loud. Clipped signals have excess high frequencies, putting tweeters at risk, and some amplifiers become unstable when overdriven, and this also can result in damage to the loudspeakers. So, small amplifiers driven too hard can be more dangerous to loudspeakers than large amplifiers driven within their design range.
square ("clipped") waveform that occurs when the power output of an amplifier cannot meet the power requirement of the speaker it is driving. Clipping can be very harmful to high-frequency speakers (tweeters). [more...
Audible distortion that occurs when a signal's level exceeds the limits of a particular circuit. When an amp is "turned up too loud," and begins to distort, it is said to be clipping. On an oscilloscope clipping appears to flatten the tops and/or bottoms of the wave forms as if someone took a scissors and "clipped or cut" the top and bottom of the wave.
The sheering off of the peaks of a signal. For a picture signal, this may affect either the positive (white) or negative (black) peaks. For a composite video signal, the sync signal may be affected.
Refers to a type of distortion that occurs when an amplifier is over driven. The sound becomes hard and edgy. Hard clipping is the most frequent cause of "burned out" tweeters. This is why a low-powered amplifier driven into clipping can damage high power speakers.
In audio, distortion that occurs in a piece of audio equipment when the input level exceeds the equipment's capacity.
This form of distortion occurs when an amplifier's output waveform is advanced too far and no more 'volts' are available to sustain increasing power levels.
Signal or amplifier overload, a form of distortion.
When an audio signal contains maximum amplitude levels that are too high for the device receiving the signal, the input is said to be clipping. A clipped audio file may contain a great deal of distortion and as a result sound rough and harsh.
Audible distortion that occurs when continuous power-to-peak power capabilities (headroom) are exceeded.
The term applied to the phenomenon which occurs when an output signal is limited in some way by the full range of an amplifier, ADC or other device. When this occurs, the signal is flattened at the peak values, the signal approaches the shape of a square wave, and high frequency components are introduced. Clipping may be hard, as is the case when the signal is strictly limited at some level; or it may be soft, in which case the clipping signal continues to follow the input at some reduced gain.
a distortion condition in which the top of a waveform is cut off ("clipped"). This is usually caused when a signal overloads a stage of the device being driven.
The type of distortion caused by gross overload. The resulting loud, harsh and unpleasant sound may cause damage to a hi-fi system, particularly loudspeaker drive units. Clipping is so named because of its reference to the sharp truncation of the AC signal waveform.
Refers to a type of distortion that occurs when an amplifier is driven into an overload condition. Usually the "clipped" waveform contains an excess of high-frequency energy. The sound becomes hard and edgy. Hard clipping is the most frequent cause of "burned out" tweeters. Even a low-powered amplifier or receiver driven into clipping can damage tweeters which would otherwise last virtually forever.
Cutting off parts of lines and/or shapes (sprites) that exceed the boundaries of a viewport or clipping region.
Distortion caused by overdriving an amplifier.
Overload distortion that occurs when an electronic device such as the amplifier in a stereo or home theater system cannot accommodate the maximum level requirements of the input signal, shearing off (â€œclippingâ€) the waveform peaks of the music or movie soundtrack.
The shearing off of the peaks of a signal. For a picture signal, this effects the positive (white).
The electronic process of shearing off the peaks of either the white or black excursions of a video signal for limiting purposes. Sometimes, clipping is performed prior to modulation*, and sometimes to limit the signal, so it will not exceed a predetermined level.
Distortion that occurs when an amplifier is driven to play louder than its power supply can handle. The top and bottom of the wave form are “clipped” off.
When a digital sample is amplified so much that the peaks of its waveform go past maximum level you get a clipping. Too much clipping produces sound distortion.
The inability of an electrical stage to amplify an input signal linearly, due to voltage or current limitations. Clipping results in high distortion.
A distorted signal generated by an amplifier that is being operated over its capabilities. Clipping describes the actual "cutting off" of signal peaks of an electrical signal at the amplifier's power limit. This is the sound often heard when a system is played too loud and the sound starts to "break up." Clipping distortion is the most common source of speaker damage.
Clipping occurs when audio volume reaches or exceeds 0 decibels (db) for 3 consecutive seconds. If you don't lower the volume so it is within the clipping threshold, data will be lost.
An effect of distortion where the peaks of driven signals are chopped off. Clipping usually occurs in the amplifier when it is turned up too high, but it can occur in maladjusted circuits in a VCR or TV set.
In audio, the result of an analog signal's being overdriven to the extent that its peak levels cannot be accommodated, and therefore are "clipped" off from the audible signal. Typical in smaller amplifiers, it is the most audible of common electronic distortions.
The situation when the amplitude of a signal exceeds the range of the ADC. As the result, the range of the signal is rendered as the same as the clipped value.
when the peaks of the signal's sound wave are cut off due to the inability of an electronic device to accommodate the current or voltage, causing distortion
Clipping is a form of distortion that occurs when an amplifier is overdriven, which happens when it attempts to increase voltage or current beyond its limits.