Shows statistics of wave files in order to detect clipping and compression.
This tool helps to recognize badly mastered music as it is quite common for today's CDs unfortunately.
Key words are: clipping, dynamic range compression, clippressed, loudness war/race, limiting, hot mastering, brick wall limiter, dynamics.
NEW! Common audio and video formats are supported.
Analysis of a CD
Complete analysis of a piece
This song was hard limited and nevertheless normalized to ca. -3 dB for the CD, therefore the pumped up loudness was reduced again to some extent, but at lower sound quality.
Possibly this was to bring the loudness in line with other songs retroactively.
Simpler clipping detectors don't recognize any clipping in those cases!
On the same CD you can find an example for good mastering.
What are the criteria for good mastering?A natural, dynamic sound without any rasping, at rather low overall volume!
The RMS value calculated by ClippingAnalyzer should be lower than -15 dB, it must not be higher (i.e. louder) than -10 dB.
Clipping should be absent or very sporadic.
The waveform should look sparse on top and bottom, similar to wild bushes, not like a sharpely cut hedge.
The histogram should fall of smoothly to 0 dB from the mid to the edges, similar to a bell curve.
The line shown in the distribution analysis should stay in the green range and be rather straight according to the yellow line.
Listen to a piece
How to test a record
PrerequisitesMicrosoft Excel (97 or later) is needed.
To support all common media file formats (other than standard WAV), FFmpeg is used.
To directly rip a CD Exact Audio Copy has to be installed.
To listen a file, VLC media player is used if it is installed. Otherwise a Windows Media Player component is used
With Windows Vista/7 it is recommended to install VLC media player.
Otherwise please use the file ClippingAnalyzer_VistaWMP.xls.
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Oddly, the used preinstalled Microsoft component is affected as well.
Rip and analyze a
ClippingAnalyzer extracts the tracks of the inserted CD to
WAV files and analyzes them (batch mode).
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