Old 02-27-2021, 01:11 PM   #1
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Default Track Gain staging

Track Gain plugins ?
In Reaper or others, free or paid.
Basic gain staging plugin recommendations ?

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Old 02-27-2021, 01:40 PM   #2
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what about his basic one? JS: volume adjustment [Utility/gain]
it's included in REAPER
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what about his basic one? JS: volume adjustment [Utility/gain]
it's included in REAPER

That should do it. Thank you
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Old 02-27-2021, 05:25 PM   #4
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I mean there's also Take Volume and Item Volume and Pre Volume Envelope and Trim Volume and...


...then you can often just handle it at the first plugin in the chain. I almost always end up with ReaEQ as the first thing, and it has a master output slider, and that works just fine.
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I mean there's also Take Volume and Item Volume and Pre Volume Envelope and Trim Volume and...


...then you can often just handle it at the first plugin in the chain. I almost always end up with ReaEQ as the first thing, and it has a master output slider, and that works just fine.
Yeah ReaEQ is what I most often use.

I didn't word the original question well. However I believe the ideas offered still answer what I intended to ask. Thank you !

I don't think it's worth a new post but I'd like to add a bit of specifics and give a scenario.

Tracking guitars:
guitar direct into interface
Preamp gain set to sweet spot, no clipping at interface.
But when digging in it clips in Reaper
So something has to be added to input FX chain to bring the signal down.
I assume there's an input gain control somewhere that I'm missing.
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Old 03-01-2021, 01:57 PM   #6
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I assume there's an input gain control somewhere that I'm missing.
No there isn't, unless you put something like JS:volume adjustment as input FX.

But if the signal does not clip at your interface, it should not clip inside Reaper. Not unless you already happen to have an input FX on there, or you record track output with some track FX affecting the audio.
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Old 03-01-2021, 02:12 PM   #7
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Preamp gain set to sweet spot, no clipping at interface.
But when digging in it clips in Reaper
Much depends on how you define "sweet spot." What level in dBfs does this equate to in Reaper? Generally I find that if I average -18 dBfs and never let it get above -12 that gives me enough headroom. These targets are pretty consistently given for most interfaces/preamps.
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No there isn't, unless you put something like JS:volume adjustment as input FX.

But if the signal does not clip at your interface, it should not clip inside Reaper. Not unless you already happen to have an input FX on there, or you record track output with some track FX affecting the audio.
The scenario stands as described above.
I don't want to have anything on input FX chain but without no chance of being close to -18db average.

Only thing I can think is that the "sweet spot" as directed by interface manual based on signal to noise ratio is just incorrect.
I'll track some D.I's of varying gain adjusting only interface and compare results.
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