I've been recording for a few years and have never really gotten the results i was looking for. Recently i became aware that i may be recording and mixing too "hot". i've always tried to get the signal coming in as hot as possible without cliping, i was always told this was the method for getting the best s/n ratio.
however i have never really understood "headroom" and "dynamics" as they relate to recording and mixing. recently i read an article that suggests peak signal level should reach about -15dbfs during recording to maintain headroom.
so what do you guys think is optimal signal level coming in?
how much headroom should i maintain during the process?
Gear: Digi 002, KRK RP5, PC, ProTools LE 8