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Old 5th December 2010 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Ethan Winer ➡️
It depends on the plug-in and host program's bit depth. Most modern DAW programs use 32-bit floating point math for all operations. In that case the level passing through the plug-in is almost irrelevant. This is discussed in my AES Audio Myths video, in the section starting at 53:39, and specifically at 54:44. In that example I sent a normalized pop tune through an EQ plug-in after boosting the volume by 18 dB. So the volume was way over digital zero, yet the output of the EQ nulled completely with a parallel track that didn't have the volume boost. That part of the video also shows how you can do tests like this yourself.

--Ethan
Ethan, thanks. Yet how come people on here insist that gain staging is a big issue in digital? I can see how it of course affects the simutaneous use of any outboard processing, but aside from that? Keeping everything ITB (with things handled by 32-bit floating processing) all we have to watch is the peak level on the master.