I am deep diving into the Gain staging world. Need some answers to a couple of questions i simply cannot find anywhere on internet. At least not on the youtube videos I have watched.
So, I try to keep my tracks at -18dBFS - -10dBFS. (This goes for tracks, group channels and all the way to my 2Bus)
Question 1: Should I try to keep at -18dBFS RMS and Peaks at max -10dBFFS?
Question 2: Should I have my meter position for each channel set on “input, Post-Fader or Post-Panner” when gain staging?
If you look at the picture my meters audio track meter for the kick shows -4.9dB. The VU meter shows 0dBVU. So I dont know if I am in the ballpark or not here?
If I want to have say 6dB headroom in a final mix for the mastering I am then only with the Kick above that already. So I presume that my input level is good. But I need to turn down the Output level.
So this brings me to my next question.
Questions 3: In order to keep my knob at Unitiy level, or as close as possible, should I have a gain plugin inserted last in the plugin chain of each track in order to keep me 2Bus at around -6dB?
Another thing with the Gain function in PRE. Changing that does not affect the track meters at all when in Input mode. So maybe when mixing I should always have my meters in Post-Fader/panner mode?