Control Mix with Master Fader or Leave at 0?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Bugsy, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. Bugsy

    Bugsy Guest

    Hi everyone . I was just wondering if it's a bad idea to control the mix with the Master Fader in Cubase . I read somewhere that your supposed to always leave it at 0 Db, and mix within those parameters.
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    a very general rule of thumb may be to leave at 0dB
    but it's not the only way

    Good gain structure is an advantage for both Digital and Analog mixing

    IF the master fader is way OFF the nominal position, then it may be worth returning to the channel and subgroup faders and re-adjusting, so the mix/sum junction has optimal rms and peak levels.

    This can be made much easier if you also have an easy to reach fader to control your monitoring levels, rather than using the fader designed to control the stereo master levels.
  3. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    Feb 21, 2005
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    If you have any dynamics going on a channel a low fader might not trigger your compression settings the way you planned. The signal might not reach the threshold if the fader is too low. If e.g. compression is used to alter the sound, this effect might be lost.
  4. Bugsy

    Bugsy Guest

    thanks guys

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