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Normalizing Sample Library
Old 11th September 2012
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Normalizing Sample Library


I have a large sample library consisting of drums ,bass, fx, vocals and atmos etc.. most samples are of different volume and are of mixed 16bit and 24bit.

I would like to know would it be wise to normalize all the samples, if so what would be the optimum normalized volume be?...

Many Thanks,

Old 12th September 2012
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no, it would be pointless. anything that's normalized will ultimately have to be turned down in your mixer as soon as it's being used within the context of a mix, or it will clip your master bus, and even more so if everything else in the mix is also normalized.
Old 12th September 2012
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leave it as it is, it will allow the (crappy) Kontakt room to breathe...and your DAW bus as well.

ive tried all combinations, working on a sound lib, and it sounds best in 24bit, with good chunk of headroom left.
Old 12th September 2012
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Even if you did normalize it, the sounds would not play back at the same volume. This is why mastering engineers don't using normalization. Sample makers already normalized the samples anyway.

Is it wrong to normalize sounds that are too quiet? No, it won't wreck the sound IMO.
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Actually I dont agree with any of the posts here. I find Normalising samples just makes my life easier when producing. I suppose it's preference. Personally I Normalise most of my samples.

Just depends on how you work.
Old 12th September 2012 | Show parent
Originally Posted by KT1 ➡️
Actually I dont agree with any of the posts here. I find Normalising samples just makes my life easier when producing.

Most modern samplers have an "auto-normalize"-option too.
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