Let's say we get a wav file in the daw, that is clipping so much, most values are around 65,000 (assume this is the highest in 24 bit depth). In daw however, to reach 0 dbFS, the bit values need to go way way higher than that, because floating-point systems can reach up to much higher values to reach 0 dbFS ( (1.11111111111111111111111)2x2^127 ). Given these numbers, if they are correct, I would expect us to be unable to even hit any clipping using ANY wav file in the world. However that is not the case. Why does it show any red in the meters at all, when WAV files to me seem incapable of causing any clipping mathmetically ?
Does the DAW proportionally increase wave's bit values to its own capability ?