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Re: What dB should I be hitting Nebula at? dBfs-rms- vu

Postby odd » Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:17 pm

rhythminmind wrote:Not exactly. With Nebula you don't want to go over 0DBFS. You should treat it like a external hardware insert. With
most other "native" floating point plugins & DAWS you can hit them with signals 1000's of dB over 0DBFS without clipping. You just have to make sure you bring the levels back down under 0DBFS before you hit the D/A.


But keeping peaks < 0dBFS all the way doesn't hurt, no? I'm kind of OCD about all peaks being just under 0 in my DAW (pre-fader, of course).

rhythminmind wrote:You don't have to use RMS meters. Just keep your peaks around -18DBFS for those programs.


But won't that make the signal too weak to really hit the program (AlexB console) right?
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Re: What dB should I be hitting Nebula at? dBfs-rms- vu

Postby rhythminmind » Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:40 pm

odd wrote:But keeping peaks < 0dBFS all the way doesn't hurt, no? I'm kind of OCD about all peaks being just under 0 in my DAW (pre-fader, of course).

Not at all, it's a good mixing practice. Allows you to insert/remove/feed any signal anywhere safely.

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But won't that make the signal too weak to really hit the program (AlexB console) right?

It will handle much higher. I worded that incorrectly.
It's all about the authenticity. @ -18 Your hitting the sampled hardware @ 0vu. So depending on the hardware you will have a good amount of headroom above -18 for sure.
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Re: What dB should I be hitting Nebula at? dBfs-rms- vu

Postby rhythminmind » Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:43 pm

Barendse wrote:Eric, -18dbfs.....we're talking about the middle setting on the input slider don't we?

The slider is irrelevant. It has nothing to do with slider position. It has to do with signal level.

Example this is a -20dbfs signal with the fader @ unity.

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Re: What dB should I be hitting Nebula at? dBfs-rms- vu

Postby Barendse » Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:05 pm

I meant the input audiolevel meter left from the input slider. Audiolevel must be touching -18 (the middle of the audio input meter).
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