Tracks too hot-Turn down faders or events?

Hi Ive got a session of about 18 tracks where individual tracks are all close to zero db- Hot!!!

To Mix for proper gain structure and to have some headroom should I:

  1. turn down the actual events and keep the faders at zero-
  2. Turn down the individual faders
  3. Use groups to adjust stems or individual tracks.

If I turn down the actual events then i will obviously have to consider if ai have a compressor as an insert if it will hit the compressor at a lower signal and then just make it work harder, etc etc. perhaps bussing to groups and having any dynamic processing at that end would be more efficient.

I will of course track at reasonable level so to leave for adiquate headroom!!!

Thanks for any help and I will do my research and search this forum- i would love to see what others do in this situatuon!!! Thanks my friends!


Choose nr. 1 or use the Gain knob in the Pre-section.

If nr. 1, you can also do a simple bounce to make new files at a bit lower volume.
If you do that across the whole file lenght, you just set up your compressors as it was recorded at this level. No worries there :slight_smile: