Quieten rather than clip

As i perceive a clipped spike will sound rougher than a quietened one, i spend most of my time picking off the top few spikes in a track, de-amplifying them before amplyfying the entire track.
Imagine every clipped spike being de-amplified and no other spikes touched, could that not be made into a plugin ?

See “Pop Mute”: http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Nyquist_Effect_Plug-ins#Pop_Mute

Many thanks for that link, another very useful looking plugin i probably would not have found without your reply. :wink: