Is there a correct order (or not necessary) when using Nebula instances? Here's a typical chain I use in Sonar X1's fx bin using GMC to master a 2 track source mix. GMC In-> Nugen mono filter-> GMC eq's-> GMC EQ LPF/ HPF-> GMC out-> Waves LinMB-> Tape vst-> Limiter --- thanks
yr wrote:Sometimes I get better results by cutting offending frequencies prior to console or tape simulations. Doing it the other way around, can sometimes lead to those problematic areas being enhanced or exaggerated.
I can see your point. I sometimes use the monofilter on just my drums/ bass stem before bouncing.
Another question, is it any better to adjust the in rather than the out to get the Nebula instance to read -18db?
yr wrote:Another question, is it any better to adjust the in rather than the out to get the Nebula instance to read -18db?
You didn't mention at what stage of your chain ...
But ... if your 1st stage is seeing -18dB [RMS] ...
I'd look at each plugin as a 'unity in/ unity out' device.
You output level should reference to the input. Not ONLY based on the dedicated INPUT, OUTPUT controls, but should also adapt to what the level 'inside'.
For example, if using a compressor set for 2dB of gain reduction, then the MAKEUP gain is to add 2dB back.
Same concept with EQ's ... if you add or cut, you are affecting the output of the plug. EQ's don't [usually] come with makeup gain, but you have OUTPUT to bring the unit back to UNITY GAIN. What goes IN = what goes OUT.
ce1909 wrote:Yes, that's how I basically treat my gaining but I don't always adjust the out of every instance, like eq's.. I will make it up at some point though.
I mix around -20db so is I'm wondering if it's fine to keep individual instance levels a bit below -18db or do they need to be at a least -18db to function properly?
With hardware, we did, generally, replace output for the makeup gain, on a per unit basis in the chain. The reason being ... minimizing noise floor. Whether that is of concern with NEBULA ?!? Old habits that I still follow.
The other issue is, by balancing per plug, it is unity gain in and of itself ... so if you copy it over to another track, the 'balance' is already in place, with minimal surprises.
As for operating level. I assume we are working, at minimum, 24 bit depth. With that, a -20dB [RMS] would still be fine. The bigger issue would be mindful of PEAK levels [fs]. THIS is headroom critical ! You would like to have at least 6dB of open headroom for each work track. Same for final mix. Mastering will max out the final peak level.