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Old 11-06-2013, 10:46 AM
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Default Re: Proper Recording Levels

If your dynamic range is 18 dB you could be satisfied with 3 bit master. Really. One bit equals roughly 6 dB dynamics. So what you end up with is less important than what you record.

It is the recording phase where you need headroom. Having 24 bit word means 144 dB theoretical dynamics, and knowing the best AD converters can only do about 120 dB it means recording 24 bit makes you not to worry about levels, as soon as they're not too hot.

But once you mix the tracks together, your dynamics is pretty much guaranteed to stay between 24...8 dB so you don't need to think about bitness any longer. You just mix your stuff and mastering engineer does the rest.

This is not rocket science.
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