Hi all lovely people!
To set the gain levels in my mix so that they don’t clip and the mastering engineer would have enough headroom, I have set down the pre-gain to -18dB for almost all of the tracks to get reasonable levels (excluding the FX and group tracks!). First of all IS THAT NORMAL or I am just doing something crazy to get the desired levels?
Now in my post-panner meter (post-fader) for example on kick and vocals I am reading around -12dB and -15dB at peak levels but when I change the global meter settings to “input” I can see that the reading changes to -1dB for kick and -3dB for vocals. which meter reading do I have to follow to give enough headroom for mastering?
On my master channel I am getting true peak of around -6dB and the integrated LUFS goes around -21.8.
Apologies if this question is immature considering your expertise levels but I will be greatful if you could let me know if I am doing something terribly wrong here in my approach.