Vocal Tracking Levels.

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by asknone9, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. asknone9

    asknone9 Guest

    I am wondering about the RMS and peaks levels I should be hitting when recording vocals. I've seemed to gather from different sources that I should be anywhere around -24 to -18 RMS with peaks no more than -10. I would just like to hear other people confirm or reject this idea. Once the track has been recorded into Logic, I can make any other level changes ITB. I am recording through a Blue Baby Bottle/AT4040, Blue Robbie, and Aphex 661. The sound that I get from this combination is beautiful so I would like most of the level to come from this chain rather than a plugin compressor. How loud is loud enough to get a sufficient level that avoids noise, and enough gain that I'm only having to do light compression if any ITB.
  2. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
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    I pretty much try to stay within the -12 to -6 dB range. As I've posted recently, I'm not sure why I do this, other than the fact that zero used to equate to -12dB in a DAT machine, and I started in the biz just a few years before digital took over, so...

    Maybe it's a comfort thing? Maybe I just like to think that I've pushed the meters enough if I've peaked at -6 and can normalize and brickwall ITB if I want without too much hassle. I dunno, just makes sense in my mushy-brain...

    Maybe I just made it all up as I went along?
  3. asknone9

    asknone9 Guest

    Haha. That's an interesting explanation, bent. I imagine that this, like many other things in recording comes down to personal taste/preference/idiosyncrasies. I've become comfortable somewhere between -15 and -9 peak, basically because of where I've had my preamp and compressor set for the majority of time, but I wanted to hear what people like you thought just so I know that in the long wrong I'm really not running into some ridiculous error/misinformation in recording.
  4. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    -6db at the highest, usually somewhere between -8 to -10db. Explanation is about the same.


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