Quote: Originally Posted by Etch-A-Sketch 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. but you see meters don't you, you don't really listen to them and gain staging is about looking not listening isn't it?