On Wed, Oct 18, 2006 at 07:23:12AM +0200, Jens M Andreasen wrote:
Soft clipping always sounds better than hard clipping, and there are
analog compressors that behave like this. Unfortunately even a soft
clipper generates significant harmonic distortion, largely 3rd and 5th.
The 3rd harmonic alone potentially increases the signal bandwidth by
three times, and aliasing will occur if the sample frequency isn't
high enough to accommodate all harmonics that have an amplitude greater
than the noise floor (below that it doesn't matter).