Can you clip a soundwave?
Not the signal that is producing the soundwave, but the soundwave itself.
A soundwave consists of alternating compressions and rarefactions. We can compress air to several thousand PSIG (at least)
which would give a pretty high limit for the positive part of the cycle. But we can only produce rarefactions down to 0 PSIA
(about -15 PSIG) for the negative part. So I would imagine that with a high enough level, we would hit the negative limit at least,
and start clipping.
I am wondering if real life sound levels are even anywhere close to this limit? Or if it has ever actually occured?