The button should be on mix, C1 is cues, cute#1. You want it to be on mix you get the full stereo mix cues are used for players I have their headphones connected and you want to adjust their volumes. Post a screenshot of the VST connect screen when you press F4. Open the control room tab and make sure that it’s enabled. When you enable the control room it will disable outputs and let the control room be the main output. You also have it turned up too loud in the control room, you want to turn it down a good amount until you adjust the balance. Also I don’t see the reason you want to limiter in the control room.? Do you want the sound to come out as natural as possible and use your limiters on your mix busses. I never really heard that before
I’m making an orchestral template and I want to stage all my sounds at around -12 db peak because I didn’t do that in my old template and had up to +6db clipping when multiple transients hit together even though all of them weren’t clipping on their own. (Also I figured I’d want to leave myself more headroom for mastering.)
I hear that clipping on my speaker and I wanted to make sure that this doesn’t happen because I heared it could damage them in the worst case.
Now I was playing on of my VST instruments and it immediately clipped and I thought “how so I put the limiter on the ControlRoom” and there we are.
Also I find that -18 average is a better meter starting position. I record and mix live instruments and VSTs and some and the more tracks you have the more it builds up in the master bus, using a -18 average I can use usually keep the master bus around -8 to-10 before mastering.
You must go to racks in the upper right corner and make sure it is enabled in your mixer. Then you can adjust the pre-gain which will allow you to balance the tracks before inserts and EQs. This is where the gain staging is done, what you are doing in the inspector is just balancing.
Dim is for when you use a listen function on a track. Listen allows the track to be as much louder as you set the dim while still having the background play at a lower level. You must experiment with this to figure it out it’s hard to explain. Just hit one of the listen buttons on a specific track and play with the dim settings
So what I did was lower the pre gain of the master fader and compensated that amount in the control room. My conclusion now was that this is the easiest way to prevent clipping and not use a limiter that might give false impressions which you mentioned.
I’m not sure this is the right way to achieve a consistent mixing strategy.
You really should learn how to mix and not concentrate on such academic things…
Start with low signal count mixing projects to get an idea about gain staging and signal interaction.
Thanks for the advice.
I’m building an orchestral template where I don’t want to have sudden clipping when multiple instruments play fff especially when multiple drums hit together while arranging. I usually fixed that later in mixing but the clipping is probably bad for my speaker that’s why I asked all of this.
Also if the Steinberg limiter is reducing more than c.-1.5 dB, there will be distortion in the peaks which might be contributing to a clipping sound.
Correctly Gain-staging individual channels/tracks before hitting busses or the Mixbuss/Master Buss essential as well.
But the instruments itself have an output volume, that should already match the needed volume for the mix… bringing up the instrument output and then bringing down the track gain… you get the point…
What I’m trying to say is, it all depends on what signals you are using and how you put them together… I would avoid a general number for the input level.
Start using groups in an erly stage of mixing (arranging) could avoid some clipping too.