Re: Stupid Deal of the Day
The microphones themselves usually don't clip unless your reaching their maximum SPL (sound pressure limit) limit, and this figure varies quite a bit between different models of microphones. It's the front end, or head end, circuitry of the mixer that is being over saturated with sound levels from the microphone which causes the mixer to go into clipping. This is why most better mixers have a gain adjustment on each channel to keep this from happening and to keep the mixer happy. Back in the "tube" or valve era of mixing, things would still clip, but it would be on a much more gradual slope than present day electronics and computers. Years ago some engineers would calibrate their tape machines to record "hot" to actually incorporate this effect to achieve a fuller and fatter sound for some types of music.