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In Volume Mixer I can tell the green bar shows the loudness, but what does the grey bar mean?

Volume Mixer Grey and Green Bars with Clipping

What is the significance of it being clipped by the user-set volume level?

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The grey bar indicates what level the application is outputting - i.e, what level the green bar would be if your volume was set to the maximum. It isn't clipped so much as scaled downwards.

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This makes sense, and I just saw it by setting the volume to 100%. Glad to know nothing is being clipped! –  Louis Nov 3 '12 at 16:46
    
I know, it'd sound horrible with a hard limiter. I think it's a linear scale, but I'm not certain on that. –  Xyon Nov 3 '12 at 16:48

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