Well, that might explain a few things, but I'm a little weary of statements like these. Do you happen to have the link of where the Ableton employee posted this?
I'm sorry to question you on this. You might be correct, but I need to be able to confirm the veracity of this statement with empirical evidence.
Anyway, so what your claim is, is this:
-Each track's individual volume is turned down by 62db even though the peak may be displayed at say "0db"
-So when you mix two sounds together they will still be well under 0db before they hit the master mix
-The sounds are then mixed at the master stage. No amplification is done if the master fader is at 0db.
-We only see clipping when the master is pushed so high that the mix goes above 0 db.
Well, on its face, this doesn't seem to make sense. But before I go on, could you please confirm that this is what your claim is? If this not your claim, please outline what you are saying carefully so I can verify or disqualify what you are saying.
The above doesn't really make sense because if something is close to clipping, and then we duplicate it on to a separate track (perhaps with a little bit of a different EQ), we get clipping at the master level. But, going by the claim mentioned above, clipping would not occur because there should theoretically be plenty of headroom to allow for this.
Also, please clear up what you mean by "headroom". I've taked in to mean 62db of negative gain (i.e. they turn the volume down by 62db on each track). If this is not what you mean, please clarify.
how can it be? they wrote the software, they can do anything they want.
Software can't defy the laws of physics though.
PS: I'm asking this question because I want to know whether or not it's possible for something to clip in Ableton even when we don't see any red on any of the volume bars.