# Does clipping to $m$ guarantee a maximum peak-to-peak amplitude $m$?

There is a technique called clipping in sound synthesis. It is explained on Wikipedia .

I make music and like this technique: You make an extreme "fat" noise, maybe with a lot of resonance, but then it sounds somehow too loud. Then you can use clipping to make the sound less loud.

Now, I ask myself whether clipping to a value $m$ really guarantees that there is no "particle" oscilating with more peak-to-peak amplitude than $m$. Let's say the speaker has reached the part where clipping shall start. Then it suddenly stands still. However, due to inertia, won't the particles in air keep the movement, and thus reach a higher amplitude?

Practical application of the question is whether clipping kind of protects your ears. For me, clipped sounds often sound louder than non-clipped. E.g. a square wave (which is close to a clipped very loud sine wave) sounds louder than a sine wave, both with the same amplitude. Why?

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