" I was told when recording try to stay around -6 db saving from any clipping"
foxylady1987 wrote:Sorry if I'm not explaining correctly. I was told when recording try to stay around -6 db saving from any clipping, that's what I was meaning staying away from a weak signal, trying to keep it hot enough without any clipping. As far as FX insert routing I've gotten that taken care of. from 18 years I've come from old school 16 track fostex d80 recorders with a mackie ce1604 to this cubase. So far I've accomplished recording all instruments,vocals adding eq and effects. Just trying to match the same exported music file "wav or mp3" in volume as what I heard playing back within my cubase project. So sorry for any inconvenience, I'm basically new here and trying to explain in detail as much as I can to save any confusion or non-understanding . Thank you though for your kindness and help....
not necessary to be as hot as possible on input!
There is no need to worry about recording level in the digital realm!
All you need to do is to be above the noise floor of your input chain (microphone, cables, preamps, etc)
I, for one, prefer my recording levels to land in the -18dB to -12dB range which usually puts me right on the sweet spot of my digital chain. It will also allow your end product to be more dynamic (have excellent clarity and punch).
As for mixing and loudness... well that's the art-form we all work on right there!
Only on the rarest occasions will any newbie painter pick up a brush and turn out a masterpiece!
The same holds true for excellent quality sound creation!
It takes much (much much) practice and even beyond that it takes a full understanding of exactly what each tool in the software (or slider or knob on the analog gear) you are using does.
YouTube is probably a good place for you to start - but don't expect to deliver a quality product on your first try!
You're still going to have to master the tools you use before you'll create a quality music master!
Good starting places are
the Steinberg Channel, ClubCubase Channel, Westlake Pro Channel, ADSR Channel, Green Music Productions Channel
and the GROOVE3.com website for paid tuts.
In short, there's no short answers and no shortcuts !
Even though software will get you to a quality end-product faster than analog ever did, you're still going to have to really know your tools to get the quality you want.
For now, until you get to fully know your tools, feel free to load a Maximizer and Brickwall Limiter onto your Stereo Out inserts and hit them hard.
Then go back, practice, watch, study, read and work on how to make your mix sound great.