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Really? What do you mean by this -- like if I have my monitors hooked up through my apogee duet's outs and i'm using logic, do i need to do something special to make sure they don't' get messed up? I don't turn it up crazy loud or anything, but I do usually try to master everything right at 0db.Be sure you have level control to the monitors-don't send full mix output to them or damage may occur!
Dw....if you have powered monitors, just make sure they're down when you turn them on, a full mix output signal won't blow them, so long as it's line output and not headphone output (where a preamp would be present)Really? What do you mean by this -- like if I have my monitors hooked up through my apogee duet's outs and i'm using logic, do i need to do something special to make sure they don't' get messed up? I don't turn it up crazy loud or anything, but I do usually try to master everything right at 0db.
Exactly right, level wise mixing in 24bit depth, you wanna be between -12db and -6db. Mastering you wanna be between -6db and -3db. Mastering to 0 can cause a lot of CD players to jump or the burning of the file either clip or fail entirely. Another possibility is if you master to 0db you could clip the signal coming out of the interface or clip the input stage of the monitors, while it won't damage your speakers, it won't SOUND the best.Sorry if I was not clear.
I meant some way to control the level going to the speakers if they are powered or the power amp if used.
A "volume" control somewhere.
You do want to mix so the level reaches close to 0 dB full scale (leave some headroom for mastering).
You generally don't want to send that level straight to the monitors-it may not damage the speakers bit it will be might loud.
I also personally do it to -0.2, except most people won't have a decent enough limiter to do so in a budget home studio, and in a loudness war, home studio's shouldn't really be competing.Most mastering guys I have dealt with and CD's I play and check reach -0.2 dB re: 0 dB full scale. That's only 2 tenths of a dB below 0.
That is plenty to avoid crummy CD players DAC's crapping out.
Only mastering to -3 dB is wasting 2.8 dB and makes it harder to compete in the loudness war.