I guess compressing/limiting is like the most discussed topic on this forum. I'm not a total newbie, I won't ask what compressing/limiting/gating is, instead, I want to know why I fail to record really loud tracks. You can check my gear in the profile, I tried to fully decribe it. So I got several questions for you:
1) First of all, I read people talking about headroom a lot. I'm not a native speaker, so this thing is not 100% clear to me. What I think it is - it's the "free room" in dB left after mastering from my track's peak level to 0 dB and it is used to, say, establish a peak level of the track of, say, -5 dB and just to add like 5 or a bit less dB by adding gain to the whole track. Is it so? Or do I have false assumptions about headroom?
2) Secondly, I get strange results when mixing. Say, I got two tracks in my composition. When it's only one track playing and the other is muted, I get no clipping. But when they are played alltogether, the meter starts peaking and such horrible sound is produced. I guess that it happens because when multiple tracks are played together, the sound on the same frequencies gets boosted and the level rises beyond the maximum. To avoid it I try to use compressors/limiters, but they are generally not much help, because when I have like 10 tracks in the same song, it's pretty hard to find out which one causes clipping, because when they are played in solo mode, neither clips.. So that's the question: when I have multiple tracks which do not clip if soloed, but which do clip when played together, how do I identify what settings on what track to tweak to get rid of this clipping?
3) Thirdly, I'd like to know if multiband compressors are a better choice over simple compressors. If so, then I need a tool to analyze the frequencies of the track in each moment of time to find out what band to compress.
4) Fourthly, is there like a simple way to make a loud song if you got a lot of tracks in it? :)
5) Fifthly, there is such a thing in Cubase as Audio > Spectrum Analyzer. What does it show? It shows like average level of each frequency for the whole audio file?
6) Sixthly, when recording vocals I get an unwanted hiss due to amplifying the signal. I try to gate it out or to manually add silence between phrases, but it turns out that it is silent when it should be, but when the person speaks you still can hear the hiss, because it appears after total silence with the voice and you easily notice the contrast between total silence with no hiss and voice with hiss-over. Can I do something to get rid of it? De-noising with Cubase's de-noiser heavily affects the quality of the vocal tracks :( Or another question: Is there a thing to gate something out with fade-in/fade-out settings, so I can make a gradual increase in the volume after silence and so that this way the hiss is not highlighted after the total silence?
7) Lastly, Cubase sometimes shows red marker in the output channels, which refer to clipping. But I can't hear it. Is it a bad thing to leave it with these clipping markers, although I can't really hear clipping? Or should I try to get rid of any indication of clipping, even if it's hardly audible?
Sorry guys to load you with so many questions.. Feel free to answer any one you want :) Good luck to you all and thanks again!