On Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 02:21:50PM -0400, Martin Cracauer wrote:
> Does anybody know why wav files that do not have clipping would clip
Because the peak sample value says nothing about the real
level. Take a square wave with peak values +/-1. It is the
sum of a number of sine waves, with frequencies 1,3,5,7,...
times the frequency of the square wave. The first one has
a peak value of about +/-1.27, that is +2 dB. So any encoding
that looks at the spectrum (and mp3 does) will see a level
that is +2 dB.
If you really want to normalise on the peak level, use a
lower one. If you want all your samples to have the same
loudness, use RMS instead of peak, or a real loudness
measurement such as provided by ebumeter.
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