I have a mix ready, but it went few dB over the 0.00dB Master Fader position. I was mixing into a buss comp, but want to take a mixdown without it.
I was just wondering about this myth if I lower the Master Fader a few dB for it not to clip, is there any audio degration, resolution lost? What about the trim knob? Which one would you recommend lowering?
Indeed! Cubase (just like any modern DAW) has floating-point audio signal path, which means you have 100s of dBs of headroom above 0dBFS. You can virtually forget all the “gain staging”, which is important with analog gear (and all but most recent versions of one unnamed “industry standard” DAW). Just keep your inputs and outputs (including possible external FX/instruments) under 0dBFS.
Exception to this rule is “vintage gear emulators”, which has the “sweet spot” on their gain structure.
Maybe. Maybe not. At first a mix with very slight digital clipping may sound better, because it’s LOUDER. After closer listening it will sound cr*p, of course, but your first impression might fool your ears,
This is exactly the best advice, use your ears. Others have correctly pointed out that their shouldn’t be a difference but you may be experencing a gap in expectancy between louder and softer. Not trying to slight your expertise.
Good advice. But I have to add: Dodn’t TRUST your ears. They can fool you. Learn basics of music theory, acoustics, psychoacoustics, etc, etc … In that way you can learn in which cases you can use your ears and in which cases you should be sceptical about what they tell you.