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-18DB - leave headroom - very important!  

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robert
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When recording digitally, it's important to not record too hot. This is something I learned the hard way a few years back. I had the meter close zero and it is a bad thing to do. I ended up with some clipping - digital distortion that is completely awful. NEVER do what I did!

Look at your meter in your digital audio workstation and try to get it bouncing at an average volume of -18dB.

You can easily bring up the volume AFTER it's been recorded. 

You should read this article:

https://ledgernote.com/columns/studio-recording/headroom-in-audio-recording/

I'm here to help.

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Posted : January 13, 2019 12:42
wobbly_bob
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Posted by: robert

When recording digitally, it's important to not record too hot. This is something I learned the hard way a few years back. I had the meter close zero and it is a bad thing to do. I ended up with some clipping - digital distortion that is completely awful. NEVER do what I did!

Look at your meter in your digital audio workstation and try to get it bouncing at an average volume of -18dB.

You can easily bring up the volume AFTER it's been recorded. 

You should read this article:

https://ledgernote.com/columns/studio-recording/headroom-in-audio-recording/

yeah good advice. I have had many a piece come in too hot.  Learnt the hard way like yourself.

How I wish you were here.

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Posted : January 15, 2019 02:10
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Clayton
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Digital is not nuanced or forgiving in the red.  Thanks for the article.

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Posted : January 15, 2019 12:15
frankben
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-18 db is the digital sweetspot. keep your level after mixing between -12 and -6 db so there is still headroom for mastering if needed too.

Music is Yoga for the soul.

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Posted : January 15, 2019 13:13
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