[Ardour-Users] input levels, master levels

Seablade - seablaede at gmail.com
Fri Sep 29 04:16:24 PDT 2017

Basic gain structure applies here throughout your chain.

Beyond that there are multiple ways to adjust level in Ardour, keep in mind
that if you add two signals together you are increasing the overall signal,
so if you have several maxed signals and mix them together you will be
clipping on output.  It is not uncommon to 1. Record at the equivalent to
-18dBFS or so to give you plenty of headroom just in case, and 2. Lower
your starting mix levels by 10 or 20 dB across the board, especially for
larger mixes, to ensure you don't clip any outputs.


On Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 7:12 AM, Matt Keys <matt at mattkeys.net> wrote:

> Hi list, I'm a newb to production so I apologize if this is a dumb
> question. What is the best practice regarding normalizing input
> volume levels of unbalanced, balanced, and xlr (or a mix thereof) into
> ardour? For example from instrument to Ardour ..
> guitar (unb TS) -> gfx (2x XLR) -> analog mixer (2x balanced TS) -> usb
> audio interface -> ardour
> .. each point has volume adjust. Let's say I bypass any effects and I'm
> 'clean' through to the usb mixer, but in ardour it sounds too hot/distorted
> in master out. I don't appear to be clipping anywhere along the path in,
> and I don't think I'm applying any gain along the way. Where is the best
> place to adjust or attempt to normalize -- input or aggregate of the
> mixer, the usb audio interface, or ardour? Is there a plugin that can
> normalize all inputs before hitting the master out bus in ardour?
> Thanks,
> Matt
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