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Old 10th November 2009
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Run your gear however it sounds best... if that means pushing it do it... however give yourself plenty of headroom inside PT....

REMEMBER THAT IF YOUR SIGNAL IS HALFWAY UP THE METER IN PT YOU ONLY HAVE 10 dB of headroom until HARD CLIPPING occurs...

Normal analog consoles when run at 0 VU have upwards of 20 dB of headroom before "nice" distortion happens.

You are not going to get anything worthwhile out of "pushing" the output of your PT setup.... (unless you dig digital clipping...)

Use a ANALOG control to control the overall speaker volume... don't turn up/down your PT session because its TOO LOUD or too quiet...

Maintain proper gain structure and plenty o' headroom and then have your mastering engineer ruin all that hard work for you.