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Audacity Recording level?

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    Audacity Recording level?

    Hi guys, quick question if anybody knows..

    I'm just doing a quick recording using Audacity and a outside plugged in microphone device called the H4n Zoom recorder..

    There are 2 volumes to set..

    1. the H4N Zoom Recorder device has recording volume level


    2. the Audacity has recorder volume level..

    They are not Locked together.. they are separate from each other..

    The question is :

    What should be set - Zoom Recorder at max and then volume down on the Audacity? or other way around? how to set volume?


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    Either way will work. Just do it so there is no distortion. If the output from the Zoom is overdriving the PC sound card there can be distortion.
    Same way if you increase the recording level in Audacity too much there can be distortion. The key is to set everything so there is no distortion on the recordings. If the level, after recording is not as high as you want it, you can increase it in Audacity before you save the file.

    In my recording studio, I record at about -12 to -6 max. I can change the levels on the tracks to whatever I want after its recorded and before mixing down and mastering.
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Audacity Recording level?
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