Thank you for that. I know your right on this, but here is the issue for me. I am going to balance this template - its a thousand tracks. I need to balance for example, 17 different flutes from different library manufacturers. then all the flutes against other woodwinds, then woodwind group against strings etc. There is a huge difference in DB from manufacturer to manufacturer for identical instruments playing the same articulations. As much as 30 db.
Now I know I can use the the volume controls in the instances of the instruments, or the volume controls in the Players (Halion Kontakt etc) or I can use the pre-gain in Cubase.
I don’t really understand the mixing side, but I know that mastering engineers like 6dB to play with. I also like to mix at a moderate volume, not at concert hall/theater levels.
The Control Room level and the level of my external amp (currently set at -25dB) affect the way I hear the tracks when balancing. So I am not sure which way to go on this.
Maybe I will put up a seperate post on this - it’s quite involved.