What does it mean when a clipped waveform on vinyl is "sloped&quo Reply #25 – 2008-10-10 18:59:04 Clipping is similar to a square wave in that the tops and bottoms are flat plateaus. Now, CDs will store whatever values you want to store on them, being digital as they are..What would the lathe-cutter do on the vinyl master.. would it be able to keep the plateaus flat? And what about the playback cartridge/needle? You've got two analog steps there that could degrade the square wave. So if you can find some data about reproducing square waves on vinyl, I think that will provide your answer.