ZED Series. Recording to DAW - low signal?
Posted by , Last modified by on 10 July 2012 07:52 AM
Analogue and digital do not use the same reference levels, the meters on the mixer will typically represent dBu and the meters in your DAW will represent the digital scale, dBFS.
As there is no fixed reference for dBu, ZED users will typically experience figures of 0dBu equalling between -18 to-21 dBFS, so what does this mean in the real world?
When the LEDs on your desk equal 0dB this equates to -18 to -21dBFS in your DAW.
1) Apply a little extra gain on your master output.
2) Apply some peak limiting / compression in your DAW to your final mix (Referred to as mastering).
1) Recording at 24-bit where possible, this will increase the dynamic range of your recordings and reduce the noise floor.
2) Pick the right mic: this is key. Microphones have a sensitivity spec which references there output, it's typically measured in mV/Pa.
3) Be realistic: during the tracking stages of recording your output levels will not be like that of commercial recordings,