go a question regarding mastering.
In this case I am doing STEM mastering. So I typically have the following tracks.
These 7 tracks are routed to a group channel called “MAIN OUT”. This is were I am doing the mastering, adding all the effects etc.
The MAIN OUT channel is routed to “Stereo Out”.
So to my question. When listening to references I am approximately 4-5 dB LUFS (Short term) from the reference tracks. 2 of the reference tracks I used was at appr. -7dB LUFS and my track is at -11dB LUFS (And this without clipping in the “Stereo Out” channel.
If I raise the volume on my limiter in “MAIN OUT” so that I get appr -8dB LUFS I am still not clipping on my “MAIN OUT” track but I will do that on the Stereo out.
So to my question.
Is it wrong to turn up the volume on my limiter to get closer to -7dB LUFS with the “Stereo out” clipping? When I export the track I am exporting “MAIN OUT” and not “Stereo out”.
Any thoughts on how to get closer to the -7dB LUFS that many songs seem to be at these days.
(I am aware of gain staging before exporting the mixed tracks. And the headroom etc. but I just seem not to be able to get that -7dB LUFS without sounding distorted). I am also usein SIR Audios StandardClip in my master track to cut the peaks.