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Old 07-02-2012, 09:39 PM
PD-John PD-John is offline
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Default Re: Gain staging and the PT mixer

Unless your track levels are ridiculously low, you shouldn't need to gain them up at all in a 24 bit environment (for resolution purposes at least, not talking about convenience here...). But if you do, you can always use clip gain now and match track levels by eye, instead of using the trim plugin.

The practise you described was employed when using analogue consoles and tape machines and was to maximise SNR and allowed each track to enter the console's electronics at a similar RMS. But now, because noise isn't much of an issue with 24 bit recording, there's no need to strictly follow methods like these.

Others here will know way more than me about "analogue" mixing practises though...
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