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Hi! Circling back on this topic, I came across this article which does the best job of explaining the answer I was looking for. In summary, all the rules for clipping pretty much go out the window within DAWs because they really don't have ceilings due to floating point processing. This would explain why I had the same issues on Windows and Linux... Where I'd never hear clipping in the DAW (except in rare instances or xruns), but would hear it on mixdowns. Here's that article: