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Re: Digital Distortion

Subject: Re: Digital Distortion
From: Dan Dugan <>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2003 12:04:11 -0700
>  > I have an opinion on that: never normalize. Never. No need for it. At
>>  the last stage of CD mastering, overall levels might be raised so the
>>  loudest sounds are close to max or limited close to max, but that's
>>  as far as you want to go. In intermediate steps, you need headroom
>  > for processing.

>What about normalizing to 50%. I do this on all my recordings before I sta=
>to edit?. Am I making a mistake? I use CoolEdit.

I wouldn't say it was a mistake, but I sure wouldn't do that. Why
make soft and loud things the same volume?

My way of using the huge dynamic range of digital is to try to stick
with a standard recording level for almost everything. When I edit
cuts together, they come out with the natural level differences. Of
course when I make a CD, I may mix everything up to get a better
overall level, and I may raise quieter parts so they can be heard on
smaller sound systems. But that's the final stage, not the first

-Dan Dugan


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