Some guys I know normalize all their tracks after recording and before even beginning the mixing process.
The idea of normalizing turns me off but friends of mine maintain that it places all odf their tracks on a kind of "level playing field" in terms of their output level.
The idea being that you don't end up with some tracks having a low output level while others have a super high output level.
It this true or a grave oversimplification? Would this type thing be better managed with compression?
When is it a good idea to normalize tracks? And in such cases, to what db level should tracks be normalized to?
Any help/information will be greatly appreciated.