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A few questions about Recording Level

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Buckethead, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. Buckethead

    Buckethead Guest

    Im a noob at this. But I have a Fostex VF-160 16 Track Recorder, and I was wondering when recording what should my general recording level be (in Db)?? Should I get it as loud as I can without clipping it or is there a trick. When I try to record I always have the problum of how loud I should turn up my effects modeler compared to how loud I have the Inputs on the Recorder. Please help me thanks!

    And is there a diffrence in recording levels for guitars and vocals??
  2. Run a search for the board member called "Massive Mastering" and you'll probably get tons of answers for this in the first few posts you find. :)
  3. Buckethead

    Buckethead Guest

    Ok thanks
  4. hueseph

    hueseph Distinguished Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    It would make sense to leave
    your trim pot at a 0 level. If there is a detente leave it there. So that the
    line is neither attenuating nor boosting the signal from your modeler. From
    there you can raise the level coming from your modeler 'til you get as loud a
    signal as possible without clipping. You can always turn down the fader after
    you've tracked the part at a decent level, but if you recorded at a poor level,
    all you will be doing is boosting noise. In regards to vocals as opposed to
    axe: treat them in the same manner initially. You may want to compress your vox
    to disc. Once it's all tracked you can change the levels as you please during
  5. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Distinguished Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    Really quick answer - You want to run your preamps around 0dBVU. Depending on the converters, that's going to hover around -18dBFS or so. Peaks will go higher - A snare whacked crazy might hit -10dBFS or so, but will generally come in a little more "normal."

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