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Recording Tips for Engineers, 3rd Edition by Tim Crich

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CHAPTER 10 Signal Routing

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In the analog recording world, hotter levels to tape can result in distorted sounds. In the digital world, hotter means cleaner sounds because you are using more of the ‘volume bits.’ However, when the signal reaches 0 dBFS, sounds will instantly become 100% distorted.

Lowering the recording levels would avoid overload, but lower it too much and the signal leaves the high ‘hot’ area, or digital MSB (most significant bits), and edges into the lower resolution of LSB (least significant bits).

Set the microphone input ...

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