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Old 30th December 2010
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Proper gain staging in digital world

I already gave you a pretty simple explanation, I don't know how much simpler I can explain it. Just treat the portion of the meter where it turns yellow as the max level. As long as you keep it below full yellow you'll be fine.

And as for your master, keep it between -3 and -6 and you can make it louder with a limited if need be.
Old 30th December 2010
  #32
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Proper gain staging in digital world

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Originally Posted by rickrock305
I don't know how much simpler I can explain it. As long as you keep it below full yellow you'll be fine.
I like this Rick, keep it below "full yellow"!

All the unneeded arguing on this site confuses people.

In summary, when recording peak at -12 on your ProTools meter. Just touch the yelllow man, but dont go full yellow dood!

When mixing it later peak the mix at -3. Mastering will peak it at 0.

Now go make us a hit.
Old 30th December 2010
  #33
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I always tought that the -18/-12 thing was for the AVERAGE level like it should stay most of the time in that zone but peak can go higher from time to time.
anmyone can confirm that?

I think not allowing peak to go higher than -18 would give an average level around -24 wich seem very low
Old 30th December 2010
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Leave yourself room... -24 peaks are fine... don't worry about how loud it is... leave your self breathing space
Old 30th December 2010
  #35
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In Pro Tools, go into you're plug-ins, and go to "other" then click the BF Meter Bridge and set it to -12 or -18, and on the meter, it should read almost 0.
Old 31st December 2010
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So basically i should record hot but never peak.
In 24bit recording, you do not need to record hot. Anywhere from -24db to -6dB is just fine
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