Originally posted by Travis Barnes:
I still find myself thinking conventional magnetic tape thoughts from time to time and I need to be straightened out on something.
With tape, it was important to get the highest signal to noise ratio to stay well above the noise floor.
Obviously you don\'t want to record digital tracks at -20 or something crazy, but is it equally important to record a track as close to zero as it would be with tape?
OK, now going a step further, if you recorded all of your tracks at a decent level and you want to mix the tracks lower to accomodate a track that is a little weaker than the others, is there any adverse effects to that?
Once in a while I will record an acoustic instrument that I don\'t want to compress a whole bunch, so to assure that I don\'t clip, I record it at a little lower level. As a result, all of the other tracks are much louder.
Conventional logic would lead me to the conclusion that once a track is in the digital realm you should be able to mix the tracks as low as you want as long as they\'re relative to one another..But you\'re going to need to get you loudness back up to a normal level....and I have read so many arguments for and against normalizing that I have been too scared to test out this theory.
Suggestions, experiences, tips?
Thanks -Travis Barnes