I yesterday had the issue, that my latest plugin sporadically had an off-by-one, that made it read random stuff outside the buffer and thus it produced loud noise. Fortunately, my guitar amp wasn’t connected at that point, otherwise I’d probably need a new one.
Anyway, to avoid plugins going bonkers to kill any hardware, what do you think about mod-host limiting anything at a threshold of - let’s say - +12 dbfs, just for safety?
Of course, that doesn’t replace proper plugin testing.
I have been putting a limiter at the end of my pedalboard for this exact reason. It also ensures that I will not overload the DA converters.
Although it’s dangerous, I like the possibility of sound processing that can break speakers. But yeah, a limiter would be a good idea.
I just discovered this exact issue with one of the Rakarrak plugins - it emits a horrific white noise blast at about +40db when you open any patch with it in. I’ve deleted it from the board, obviously (will update this post with the name of the plugin later, so everyone else can avoid it too )
does it only happen when you load a patch with the plugin, not when you add the plugin? I’ll try to fix it if you can get me more details.