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Old 11th January 2017
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Originally Posted by attaboy_jhb View Post
have a look at these two screenshots. One is a strummed guitar and the other a vocal. You can see the guitar has peaks between -18 and -12dbfs and the vocal has peaks in the highest place at around -8dbfs. I guess the vocal is too hot then?
Both are fine. The point is to leave yourself enough headroom so that your tracks don't clip. Peaks between -12 and -6 should be fine, and depending on the instrument, the average may be around -18 or may be higher (distorted guitars, synths) or lower (drums, etc.).

Just leave yourself at least 6dB of headroom (e.g., peaks at -6dBFS or lower) and you'll be fine.