It is explained in Mixing Foundations I that when balancing the kick we are to do a couple of things:
- Get a healthy level on the mix bus console emulator and feed it to our mix bus tape emulator
- Maintain around -10dB Peak on our stereo out level meter using the output fader on the tape emulator
It isn’t clarified where the level should be at for the kick channel itself.
Additionally: as I progress through the mixdown I encounter another decision to maintain proper gain staging: do I pull all of my channel faders down, or simply the tape emulator output fader?
Is it all the same in the end as long as not one element is being pushed too hard?
Thanks very much for your help!