Originally Posted by Osten Powers
Why you all record at such a low level? If I have a compressor in my recording chain that avoids clipping why should I leave such a headroom? I record with -3 - -5 dbFS. Is it too hot and if yes why?
If you want to compress going in, you want to leave more room, because you may bring out frequencies you didn't want. But you can go hot in and EQ after, but it'll be harder and it's really dependent on your preference.