Here’s the problem :
I’m mixing a song OTB i.e. I got 16 channels from Cubase sent to external mixer where they are summed to stereo. I am recording mix bus back into Cubase. During mixing I have been ensuring that the inputs of my sound card or Cubase stereo in channel are not clipping. I didn’t leave excess headroom as during mixing I noticed that the input peaks at -1.5 dB during the loudest passage. Input fader was set to unity.
Now this becomes interesting : after recording I solo this stereo file. Channel fader and output channel faders are set to unity. Result : output channel peaks at 0,5 dB and clips. No eq, no effects, nothing in this stereo channel or output channel. I’d though that the loudest passage would still peak at -1,5 dB but it does not.
C5, Focusrite Saffire Pro 40