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Peak Distortion

From Chace Audio

A type of distortion associated with the loudest portions of an audio signal (known as peaks), peak distortion is similar in form to a tick, which is a very short duration, transient anomaly represented in a waveform as a little spike. Peak distortion is many ticks packed very closely together in time.

Since peak distortion presents itself as a high frequency anomaly, it can often be minimized with EQ. Digital restoration tools specifically designed to remove transient spikes are even more effective. With these tools, peak distortion can often be reduced or completely repaired.