I am totally confused about how to set recording levels so that my final mix matches the levels found on the best CDs like those from David Foster or Buble. I know this is a huge subject but there seems to be so many ways to deal with volumes at the recording and mixing stage that I don’t even know where to start.
My usual workflow is to record MIDI using my Genos keyboard as the controller for the VST instrument, and then render to audio. Hence, the volume on the Genos is set to zero because it is not sending any audio. I do know the differences between volume and MIDI velocity. I’ve checked YouTube but there seems to be few topics for beginners. They all dive into the deep end.
The only other information I can give you is if I play a David Foster CD through my UR-44 sound interface over my Yamaha HS-8 speakers, I set the output knob at 3:00 for a decent level (for example) – I know, real scientific! When I finish mixing my songs to stereo and play them back, to get the same approximate level, I need to push the UR44 volume to about 12:00 on the dial.
Any hints welcome. Thanks…