I’ve got a mastering plugin called Ozone iZotope. It has a function to normalise the audio output to an optimum level. What you do is play the song through it (or at least the highest level part) and specify the maximum output (say just below 0dB), then it adjusts (normalises) it’s input/output accordingly non-destructively. So the idea is you have that as the last piece in the chain and setup an ideal mix level.
Now I assumed I should just insert this plugin on the Stereo Out bus in Cubase 5, which I did. However I notice that the final output level of the track from the audio mixdown is determined by the Cubase Stereo Out fader level. So my iZotope mastering fader level is somewhat superfluous.
Am I doing something wrong? Is there a preferred way to set the final output level? Is there a way to get the final mix out to come from iZotope’s faders? Do you just have to set Cubase’s Stereo Out level to not go over 0dB?
Any help much appreciated. Cheers!