[…] you never want to process a file that is clipping. That should be one of a few of every audio engineer's maximes. Dare I say, it should be one of those principles of life - only use quality material for further processing in order to achieve a quality result.
"The year is 2030 and our musical lives are easier. Composing and producing doesn’t require us to be an expert in loudness units, know when to use an optical compressor or worry about gain staging. Intelligent DAWs have learned how to automatically mix our music using petabytes of cloud data, harvested from the best mix engineers around the world. Algorithms from the best mix engineers can instantly analyse the spectral content within our own recordings and offer world-class mixes at the click of a mouse[...]"