IK Multimedia’s free Classic Clipper mastering plugin can “tame unruly peaks” in your mix

IK Multimedia loves a cheeky plugin giveaway - who doesn’t, in fact? - and its latest is Classic Clipper, an easy-to-use mastering processor that can be used to “tame unruly peaks” in your mix using peak clipping.

We know what you’re thinking, though: why use peak clipping rather than peak limiting? Well, IK says that it can be more transparent, and with just Gain, Slope and Output knobs to deal with, Classic Clipper makes it a pretty simple process to deal with, too.

On top of this, you can also try a handy hack to generate harmonic saturation: set the gain high and the output low and you can create everything from mild harmonics to pronounced distortion, adding a bit of life to a cold and sterile track (a snare or bass, for example).

Classic Clipper (VST/AU/AAX) usually retails for €50, but if you subscribe or are willing to subscribe to the IK Multimedia newsletter, it’s currently yours for free. This offer runs until 22 September.

Find out more on the IK Multimedia (opens in new tab) website.

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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