just read this!
Recording Levels And Gain Staging - Audiofanzine
i kind of get the impression that i should lower my gain input on my interface so i get -15 -20db of in put in my DAW. If i do this my actual peak reading on my interface (firestudio project) will be considerably low, as in the manual it states to hit around -6db (yellow led reading). Will i not be effectively raising the noise floor later on when using compressors/limiters if i follow this procedure. so far i have been recording signals in my DAW at around -5 db and normally bringing faders down rather than up... all this aside i have always avoided clipping