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    Normalizing Vocals.

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    Heyo Forum Folks!

    I recently checked out a tutorial online that suggested i normalize vocal tracks before i do any kind of processing? Is this common? What does normalizing do? IS it affecting my dynamics at all ?

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    Normalizing only adjusts gain so that the highest peak reaches the set level. It does not affect dynamics.
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    I have never normalised anything. However I have adjusted the whole track volume up a little when I have had a very quiet recording.

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    Hmmm. Interesting? IS there any added benefit to Normalizing when getting to the mixing stage?

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    Not IMO.
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    Only time I have ever used it, was for leveling out a bunch of local band cassette recordings to CD for a client.
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    I don't know why, but I have never trusted the normalising function, I aways think it is somehow going to screw up the file. Depending on if you peak normalise or loudness normalise you could change the sound more than you want.

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    Cool thanks guys, I don't really see any use fr it either? Maybe if my vocals or something got tracked at a really really low level, perhaps normalizing the track wouldn't make a compressor or some sort of dynamic effect work as hard?

    I can't see any benefit from it at the moment.

    Thanks again. I think i will bypass that step perhaps.

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    I use normalise regularly but usually in conjuction with dynamics processing. In effect I'm just using the normalise function to provide "make up gain" rather than letting the compressor do it in a single step--no particular reason, I just find it works for me.

    Perhaps I'm a bit OCD but I like to get track levels to a point where, while mixing, I'm working the faders in the most linear point of their range rather than having some pushed way up and others turned way down.

    I've never found normalising messes anything up but neither does it perform any magic. As said above, it's like pushing the fader up except that you can preset the maximum level rather than risking clipping on an unseen transient.
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    Let's say there's these voc clips, and they're recorded about 20dB low.
    One's a verse, kind'a even, you normalize it. Then you normalize this next clip but it has this "woop-!" about ten' over the norm. Hmm, still low. Ok add some more 'trim somewhere else.

    Seems like gain based on the abnorm'
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