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Headroom at mixdown
Old 29th December 2005
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Headroom at mixdown

Just wondering how much headroom you typically leave at mixdown (for mastering)?

McBalls
Old 29th December 2005
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"Headroom, we don't need no stinking Headroom!"

All kidding aside, I mix pretty hot. I just like the tone most of the time. I don't look to the ME to add 8db. I just mix for the sound I like.
Old 30th December 2005
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I mix pretty hot too. The sweet spot on my console is about +3 or 4. I don't mix expecting the mastering to give it balls - but I don't smash it into a 2x4 waveform either. If you want your mixes to have some dynamics you need to leave some room for the ME to work with.
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