I have the PCS bundle.. But im not sure im getting the most out of it because I am still confused with the whole -18RMS thing... I've asked about it on the consoles topic, but is it possible for someone to explain it a bit better in a practical way? I just want to know if the input should be -18RMS for any instrument, or what ?
enigma2win wrote:just want to know if the input should be -18RMS for any instrument, or what ?
Yes. Watch your input level at the left, make sure it hits -18. Grab the VUMT plugin from Klanghelm when you're in doubt about the level.
When u say the left, do u mean the Mid/Side or Left/Right setting on Klanghelm?
Just to help. Remember ... you have 2 level scales to be aware of. To start off:
Look to hit your 'PEAK' meters [most likely on your DAW] to top peak at around -6 dBFS. This particular meter is VERY important, as it shows you the 'Head Room' you have available.
Your RMS meter is a different reference. It VERY much depends on the 'Source' audio. For example ... a Snare Drum and a Rhoades piano BOTH hitting PEAKs at -6 dBFS, will have VERY different RMS levels. More than likely, the Rhodes piano will easily hit -18dB [RMS] much easier than the Snare drum [which has a lot more 'transient [Peak] signal , compared to the Rhodes.
These are generalizations.
Also keep in mind, all these levels should be used with a minimum 24 bit depth.
Throughout your recording AND mixing process ... keeping your PEAK levels to top out at -6 dB will give you plenty of head room.
When 'Mastering time' comes ... you'll have headroom for any final eq/ compression wanted.
When it finally is 'Dithered' down to 16 bit CD format ... THIS is when you go for using up your headroom. Leave at least a -0.1 or -0.2 at the top so that any cheap players won't complain [no clipping lights].