James Perrett wrote:CS70 wrote:If DAWs' waveform default zoom were set to show a few less decibels (instead of the full dynamic range) and DAWs' default meters had a sensible reference level for a 24bits dynamic range, (showing yellow starting at say -12dbFS, and zooming in so that -18dbFS looks healthy, nobody would overcook levels inadvertently.
I've set up Reaper to show a non linear waveform scale which really helps - but the option is buried deep in the menus and it took me years to discover it.
Plus one for Reaper!
The combination of full scale waveform displays trying to show 144 (logarithmic) decibels of dynamic range in one and a half centimeters of (linear) screen space, and full scale meters getting in the yellow only very near the top, is insane.
It makes the unaware engineer think that his half-scale signal, which is absolutely pristine with respect to anything that was possible on tape, actually sucks.. so he cranks up the gain :D And one display reinforces the other. And it's just the damn GUI!
It's one of my fave rants. :)
Most people looks at me with a funny face when I try to explain. Thank god for SOS forum :D