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I am reading a book called "Recording and producing in the home studio: a complete guide" and one section brought up an interesting point I hadn't thought of. See I have been lowering the input volume of my captures and then increasing the volume during mix so I don't run the risk of digital clipping. This book says that might be mistaken:

Most people push digital recording levels to allow for the use of greater bit depth. Utilizing the entire bit depth provides the most accurate picture of the analog wave form.
Then it goes on to talk about 0 db and how digital clipping really sucks. This honestly makes a lot of sense to me now knowing what the bit depth is for (quantizing). What do you guys that have been doing this for a while think?
 

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I don't know the science behind it but I always try to get the input level as hot as I can (without clipping) simply because I was told to do it by a studio engineer. I just think of it as a good strong recorded signal can always be turned down with no loss of quality but a quietly recorded signal is going to introduce unwanted artifacts/noise when it is amplified. I know it shouldn't matter in digital recording but it is noticable.
 

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I also record as hot as I can..sometimes I do forget it.
We do have a big expensive multichannel tapemachine at work, the difference is still very much there.
 

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could a compressor/limiter be used inline...or as a vst insert to make sure the signal doesn't clip...???...my signal goes to the odb bar and occasionally drifts into the red...but i've never experienced clipping myself... :icon_peac
 

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jimihendrix said:
could a compressor/limiter be used inline...or as a vst insert to make sure the signal doesn't clip...???...my signal goes to the odb bar and occasionally drifts into the red...but i've never experienced clipping myself... :icon_peac
you technically could... but you may run into the same problems that radio stations have.

Radio stations are required to not go above 0db... if they do, there is RF spatter across the spectrum. So they have thier amplifiers that boost thier broadcasted signal... On the amps you have the VU meters. after 0db, it's red zone baby!

Well with this... some dumbass DJ's think that it will be louder to the people if it's past 0dB. In actuality, the limiter in the amp will compress the signal to a point where it is back in the 0dB range. This compression takes some of the frequencies out of the music, much like an mp3 does, to save the bandwidth/amplification.

So it may work, but it may also sound like crap... it'll just be something to experiment with, but it's always better to try to get as close to pegging the needle, without actually doing it!
 
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