Hi all – I’ve just found this forum, and I’m very excited to be a member! I’m not a newbie, but I’m not advanced at all either. My particular problem here is, I think, something I never really got a firm grasp on starting out, and I hope to finally clear it up once and for all. I’ve done a lot of reading of other threads, and it has helped, but I haven’t seen this definitively tackled as explicitly as I’m hoping to do. But if this topic HAS been hashed to death, I do apologize. Every book and thread and tutorial I’ve ever read instructs you to record an individual track at as close to +0 as possible: get a strong signal, but don’t go above +0 to save headroom. At least that's what I always took away - maybe I've always been wrong! However, as I continue to record songs that have more and more tracks, I end up in a situation where no single track clips – no single track is over +0 – but yet the master track and overall output clips something fierce. I have to go in and pull all individual tracks way down. I don’t always have “room” to do this either once things are mixed appropriately. I end up constantly pulling what’s left of my hair out and having a very quiet dynamic-less end result. Should I really be recording tracks at lower input levels? Like peaking at -6 or -3? I still don’t understand why in a completely virtual, digital realm, there is still a seemingly physical limitation when combining audio signals into a single stereo image. I know, conceptually, that mastering is where you bring the volume up to "expected" levels, but it seems that I can't get a clean clip-less product without a ton of headaches and track-volume adjustments. I also think I might perhaps be confusing the function and use of various meters - such as the "Mixing Board"s levels vs the actual signal input levels? Any help or advice would be really, really appreciated! Also, I am running my audio through a FF800 (sometimes using a VTB1 pre and a DBX Compressor/Gate but not always – sometimes just direct into the FF) into DP7.