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Old 20th May 2003
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I still consider myself a newbie in recording (no grammys yet ). I'm very conservative and 'extra careful when setting level. I hear differences when driving my preamp hard, but hard clipping distortion is something I avoid in my signal path. I like aggressive sounding, going over to the red, but I still keep my eye on the level so that it didn't clip in digital.
However, if I also read my manual, trying to figure out when the 'peak' light is on, how much decibel do I have left.

After knowing all the 'rules, I still would refer to my ears. If it didn't 'clip' or colors the sound distastefully, I wouldn't touch the knob.