Originally Posted by finlove
yeah but -6 is in the yellow so this should be a no go area right?
The colors don't mean squat in DAW. They're basically arbitrary. Look at the peak level.
Recording in 24 bits and aim for a peak level of around -12 dBFS and you will be absolutely fine in all aspects of your recording. At least in respect to your A/D and DAW.
Originally Posted by Roc Mixwell
Turn it down. Use your ears. Turn off your DAW screen and listen to the audio. If it sounds bad, turn it down. If it sounds fine, leave it alone. Do what the music requires, nothing more, nothing less.
Some artifacts barely audible when recording, such as a clipped vocal or other distortion may become more apparent once processed several times during mixing. Distortion and other artifacts accumulate.
Instead use your common sense, your eyes AND your ears.