Venn Audio has released V-Clip, the sequel to its successful Free Clip plug-in. While V-Clip isn’t free, it’s still very affordable and offers much more than the free version. Venn Audio says that V-Clip is “equally well suited as a creative saturation tool as it is as a mastering stage professional clipping maximizer”. Sounds great – let’s take a look!
Clipping plug-ins are readily available from various developers like Auburn Sounds, Kazrog, and Blue Cat, to name just a few of the many options. Now Venn Audio presents a new contender with its new V-Clip, and explicitly states that it its designed for creative and mastering applications. According to the developers, V-Clip utilizes 64-bit floating-point processing and up to 256x oversampling. There are three polyphasic anti-aliasing filter types. It seems like they really paid attention to the audio quality, but what exactly can V-Clip do?
Detailed waveshaping controls
With its clean-looking GUI, V-Clip provides detailed control over the clipping process. The Shaper allows you to vary the clipping curve from hard knee to soft knee, and everything in between. You can choose from a selection of different clipping sigmoid functions. There are controls for DC offset and filtering, and even an option for separate waveshaping for positive and negative samples. Venn Audio says that this lets you create asymmetric saturation and “unique sounding distortion with even and odd harmonics”. V-Clip also has auto-gain and auto-ceiling modes to adjust for new clips as they occur.
You can monitor exactly what the current setting does to your audio using a range of test tones and an oscilloscope. The test tones also help with gain matching. In the visualizer view, you get a real-time waveform display with input, output, and reduction viewing options.
From what I’ve seen so far, I really like the look of the GUI. Everything seems to be cleanly laid out and well designed. The meters and visualizer are color coded, so you can easily see what’s going on at any time. And given that Free Clip already sounded very good, I think we can expect that V-Clip will deliver on the audio side as well.
Compatibility and price
Venn Audio V-Clip is available for macOS (AU, VST, VST3, AAX) and Windows (VST, VST3, AAX, 32/64 bit). The plug-in costs USD 30, which is a really fair price considering its capabilities, as far as I’m concerned. There’s also a free trial version.