A newbie mix question

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Starforsaken, May 7, 2006.

  1. Starforsaken

    Starforsaken Guest

    Somebody once told me there was no such thing as a stupid question, so...

    I have a solo 'band' and I record by myself. I'm well aware that when recording, you don't want to have your input levels higher than 0Db. So, taking a song I've recorded, all the individual tracks are below 0DB when played by themselves. However, with all the tracks playing and the song mixed down to a single file, the levels hit 0Db. The simple question - is this a problem?

    And, perhaps this is a separate question - is it a problem if the final track's sound is as I want it?

    I was considering distributing my album by myself, and I have this voice at the back of my head telling me that if I send a CD off to be pressed, they'll send it back and say "go away, this CD has levels over 0Db".

    Thanks for the help.
  2. peterhunt

    peterhunt Guest

    I'm a recording newbie, too, but I'd say thats a Bad Thing.

    In Cubase, and I assume most other programs, there's a master fader which controls the overall volume of the song. Try lowering that until your mix peaks at -.3 dB or so.
  3. Starforsaken

    Starforsaken Guest

    So simple, so obvious, so effective... :lol: thanks!
  4. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

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    That's summing going on there. Is this clipping a peak thing that happens every now and then or is it on-going?

    If you can determine the tracks/peaks that cause the clipping then maybe you can try lowering just those peaks or use some subtle compression on those tracks.

    If the clipping is on-going then lowering the master might suffice.
  5. Artifex

    Artifex Guest

    How would you lower an individual peak on a DAW? Do actually go in and edit that single part, or would you just automate the volume and bring it down at tad at that moment?

    Either way sounds kinda klunky...
  6. Use a compressor on the track(s) causing the most clipping. That'll reduce everything above a specified level by ratio that you decide. It's perfect for reducing peaks, and will give you more headroom.
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