Im trying to make sure that my final mixes aren't going into the 'red' on the Master fader in Pro Tools....
( so that i can send it off to be Mastered )...
If i have EVERYTHING sounding exactly like i want it to...
and its just going into the red on the master at some points....
is it ok to select all the instrument faders and bring them down a notch so that the whole mix doesnt peak?
Will this suddenly change the overall sound of each instrument and cause me to remix everything?
This subject is quite confusing. You are thinking of an analog mixer when you have to think in terms of digital summing. There are loads of threads on this to be read on the digidesign forum. You'll find phrases like "it's impossible to overload the mixbuss". Just do a search. Try pulling the master fader down in the meantime, because it does work.
Lowering the master fader is the best way to get rid of overs on the master output bus. I think it is actually more accurate than grouping all of the faders and pulling them down.
The one thing you have to watch out for is that pulling the fader down (or pushing it up) will change what you are sending to the inserts on the master fader. All of these inserts are post fader. So if you have compression there, you should check to make sure it is responding the same as before by readjusting the threshold.
LE systems are a little bit different...b/c of the 32 bit floating point instead of fixed 48 bit, but the master fader still functions pretty much the same way. The master fader functions like a bit range selector for the output of the summing bus moving up and down along the range of available bits at the summing bus. (moving the master fader down moves the range up, moving the master fader up moves the selected ouput range down)
It is important to note that the master fader "channel strip" is a bit different than audio track "channel strips" in pro tools. On a master fader, the signal flow is as follows:
fader -> plugins/inserts -> meter display
there are a couple of sessions on my website for download in the tips section that demonstrate the function of a master fader in PT under extreme conditions: www.cavellstudios.com
Hey Chris, that was a nice read.
I just get scared to know it came from Digi
Maybe we all are deaf, or we're all to used to analog.
I don't know, I know they say there is no difference on moving track faders or master fader... on the TDM bus... but I use LE... what should I expect? Anyone?