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Setting Gain Before Using Plugins

Whether mixing analog or digital, having proper gain structure will give us the best starting point for getting a good clean starting place for mixing. This is especially important as we begin stacking plugins. Lee explains this in detail in this video.

Key Points:
  • Gain staging is the backbone of all audio disciplines. In the case of digital audio however, it is vital to achieving a good mix.
  • Just like Goldilocks, there’s a sweet spot with input gain. Too much, and we can’t tame it. Too little input gain, and we will find ourselves increasing the noise floor, which turns into feedback.

Gear in This Video:
  • Waves LV1
  • Waves Emo Generator
  • Waves Emo Q4
  • Waves SSL G Bus Compressor
  • Waves API 2500 Compressor