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Old 11th January 2017
Originally Posted by attaboy_jhb View Post
Thanks a lot. I think I read that article before but it is very good to read again so thank you. I guess the confusing part is where it says as a summary:

So working with average levels of around ‑20dBFS or so is fine and proper, works in exactly the same way as analogue, and will generally make your life easier when it comes to mixing and processing.

See I am not sure what that really is. The peak level is much easier to work with but some material has huge transients so not sure if it is right or not.

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?
use your ears, not your eyes. How could a painter use his ears to paint with? Conversely how can a sound engineer use his eyes to record and mix with??

Calibrate your monitoring using the reference level and then listen to the guitar and vocal you recorded. Does either sound too loud or too quiet? If not then they are good. If one sounds quiet to your ears, then it is and turn it up. If one sounds loud to your ears then it is and turn it down.

You cannot record and mix with your eyes. You can check for problems that you might be hearing with your eyes... but the quickest way to get crappy sounding recordings is to rely on your eyes instead of your ears.