Originally Posted by korbes
You mean peaking at -18dBFS I assume?
Don't want to nit-pick, but especially in the Newbie section we should use correct terminology so the Newbs don't pick up bad habbits ;-)
Yes you are correct on the -18dBFS... and no offense taken, correct terms are important.
Honestly all that has been mentioned here will not fix any of your headroom issues if a track has been recorded too hot. Start with the basics and build upon it. Proper gain stage in a DAW will be a vital tool in creating headroom.
Track with your peaks no higher than -18dBFS
Practice corrective eq rather than boosting
HPF and LPF are your friends and will ultimately create focus
If in the unfortunate case you have already tracked in hot or are dealing with a project that was tracked too hot, go get yourself this plugin and trim your levels to create headroom Sonalksis Ltd.