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Lesson 9. Mixing > Setting Volume Levels

Setting Volume Levels

All of Logic's audio channel strips have a level meter that displays the channel's volume in decibels (dB). The bottom of this meter represents a dB value of –∞ (that is, silence), while the top of the meter represents 0 dB, which is the maximum allowable volume level before the signal clips the channel. As the level meter pulses up and down, the peak level is held for a few seconds, so you have time to see its value. The numerical value of the peak level is also displayed in the clip detector at the top of the level meter. With this in mind, let's take a moment to explore what clipping really means.

Controlling Clipping

Clipping occurs when too much signal is fed through a channel. Clipped audio sounds fuzzy and distorted—you certainly don't want clipped audio in your song. Fortunately, you don't have to rely on your ears alone. All audio channels have a clip detector that shows you when the channel is in danger of clipping.


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