Levels Demystified – 10 Tips For Setting Levels (Part 6)

Well my friends we are nearly at the end of our time together.  I hope the fog has begun to lift and the whole topic of setting levels is a little clearer.  But before we go I thought I’d offer up some suggestions for setting levels in real life situations. Now remember these are only… Continue reading Levels Demystified – 10 Tips For Setting Levels (Part 6)

Levels Demystified – DAW Metering Explained (Part 5)

A POP Quiz To kick things off I have a question for you.  What exactly does the built-in meter in your DAW tell you? How loud your signal is? How great your mix is? How good looking you are? Now I know most will go back and forth between Answers 1 and 3, but would… Continue reading Levels Demystified – DAW Metering Explained (Part 5)

Levels Demystified – The Real Truth About Sweet Spots (Part 4)

A Little Confession Before we continue I feel the overwhelming need to let you in on a secret.  You see now you know that approximately -18dBFS (RMS) is the Magic Number when working ITB and have had it tattooed on your neck, back and forearm, I have a little confession to make: the reality is… Continue reading Levels Demystified – The Real Truth About Sweet Spots (Part 4)

Levels Demystified – Gain Staging (Part 3)

Recording Pino Palladino OK.  Let’s say you get the call to engineer for one of Pino Palladino’s bass sessions.   (Here he is in action.)  Mr Palladino walks in, unpacks his bass, plays a little and you can’t believe your luck when he suggests the exact signal chain you had in mind:  Bass –> Neve 1073… Continue reading Levels Demystified – Gain Staging (Part 3)

Levels Demystified (Part 1)

Elementary My Dear Watson! If you are new to recording or mixing, or even a seasoned pro, the topic of ‘setting levels’ is bound to come up sooner rather than later.  In fact setting the right level for a track seems so basic it’s not often given much thought.  Conventional wisdom seems to be, ‘Just… Continue reading Levels Demystified (Part 1)