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Output Routing for Mastering / UAD & SONAR2


In SONAR2...for the Outputs (Virtual Mains)...there is no input gain structure (Trim control)...only Output Volume, after the FX Insert.

This makes it difficult to hit a mastering limiter (e.g., Precision Limiter) harder or softer.

So...in SONAR 2...where the Virtual Mains are only routed directly to the hdwe. Outs...if I wanted to alter the collective gain of ALL my tracks prior to PL [as applied to the stereo bus (A)]...I would have to enable an Auxiliary Send for all those tracks; & then adjust the Return volume of the aux bus before sending it back to the stereo bus (& then thru PL.)

BUT...would it be the same thing if I stayed with the routing I currently have (which is all tracks to the stereo bus) & simply rolled back the gain (input) at the PL?

Or is it better to have the DAW (with it's floating point architecture) scale back the signal prior to hitting the limiter?

What's my better route (pardon the pun)?


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