Optimal DIGITAL Recording Level

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Optimal DIGITAL Recording Level

Post by Jim_Fogle » Sun Sep 20, 2015 6:23 pm

The statement below was found in the notes of a beginniing mixing class. Agree or disagree and why?

Recording/mixing at well below max level (-10 dBFS to -20 dBFS) allows for louder and cleaner masters. After all, the end product is
what matters most. The old axiom of “use up all the bits” no longer applies in the age of 24-bit recordings and gear with lower noise floors.
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Re: Optimal DIGITAL Recording Level

Post by greenA2 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 2:51 pm

Well, zoom in the H5 manual tells us to adjust levels so that peak is at -12dB when recording, which I guess is similar to the statement above. My idea of mastering is normalizing in Audacity :P so I don't get how more headroom leads to louder and cleaner master.
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Re: Optimal DIGITAL Recording Level

Post by Zoetrope » Tue Sep 22, 2015 6:49 am

This relates to recording and mixing, not mastering. Two different things.
And yes, if you're recording at 24 bits, this is good advice. If 16 bits, not so much.
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