Originally Posted by ONDRAY
Is there anything to pay attention to when mastering a .Wav file that has no headroom.
check out these stats. WTF, can I do with this?
Peak Amp: 0.00dB L & R, Max. RMS Power: -9.38dB, Average: 16.12dB
Turn it down before working on it. This scenario is very common these days.
If you are using analog gear, you will likely have to turn the track down a minimum of 4 dB and perhaps as much as 7 to 10 dB. Using a digital only setup, it should be more like 1 to 3 dB but you have to check your plug-ins to make sure they are not overloading, both by watching the input and using your ears.
If the file is clipped or severely limited, your job just became even harder and may not be possible to master to today's average levels without some distortion.