James Perrett wrote:I'd say that it is far better to think in a different way.
Just to clarify- that was what Andrew Scheps said. I picture this as how he deals with it when clients are baying for changes and they're against deadlines. Seems to work Ok for him.
The Elf wrote: How far do we take this - have everything running as hot as possible in the box, then habitually drop the master to compensate? It makes no sense to me to do this. You're inflicting the injury, then applying the bandage - better not to injure yourself in the first place!
Hugh Robjohns wrote:But if you're mixing with plugins -- and especially emulation plugins -- your source tracks will all be very hot and way above the nominal operating level for the emulated plugin devices, so although you can avoid output clipping the mix itself will probably already have suffered unintentional damage.
OK, that’s true. So, when you get a rough balance, it might clip… So then I would just do what I said I do in the first place that sparked this discussion off- select all faders and turn them down. Preserves the balance and remove the clipping. Not possible in analogue without running in to SNR issues… which is the point Scheps is making I think.