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Discussion in 'Recording' started by danielb, May 6, 2011.

  1. danielb

    danielb Active Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    more than 90percent of the time i use plugins to do mixes. what my question is...

    say i put a limiter on a track, so the levels stay below clipping, but on the compressor that is also on the track, is clipping. does this matter? should i try to also keep my compressor under clipping level even though the main track is not clipping? thank you.
  2. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Boulder, Colorado
    Why are your levels anywhere near clipping?
  3. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    Most plugs use floating point maths internally so they won't actually clip your signal.

    But its still not a good idea. You're going to have to drop the gain anyway as mixing several full scale channels together will raise your master levels too high, so you might as well drop the gain at the front end and work with a sensible amount of headroom.
  4. Mo Facta

    Mo Facta Active Member

    May 22, 2011
    JHB, RSA
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    Yes, keep your master bus RMS levels around -18dBfs (roughly 0VU) and your peaks hitting somewhere in between there and -12dBfs. Never allow any signal on any channel to go above -6dBfs. I can almost guarantee you will see an immediate improvement in the quality of your work. You've got around 120dB's (144 theoretical) of dynamic range in 24-bit audio and there's absolutely no reason to ever approach full scale, ever.

    I'd also like to add that all processing should be auditioned at the same perceived level as the original recording to make sure you are not simply been dooped into thinking something sounds better when it's really just louder. This is a common trap that many fall into.

    Cheers :)

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