At 12/21/12 03:44 PM, MetalRenard wrote:
Indeed! I've had a complaint saying "your tracks are annoying because I have to turn up my speakers a touch when I listen to them".
Regardless of what you think of today's audio trends, there's rarely any good reason not to at least normalize a finished track.
As for the original post, headroom is usually more relevant when it comes to recording and hardware. Having too much headroom usually isn't much of a problem since you can adjust the volume later, though you might get a low signal-to-noise ratio. If you have too little headroom you risk getting clipping or other kinds of distortion in your recording.
Step's explanation of headroom is fine but I don't think headroom really is a well defined term at all. For example, in Step's pic #2 the track seem to be clipping, so is there really any headroom to speak of? Depends on the context I guess.
At 12/21/12 03:59 PM, Step wrote:
To be honest, my idea of a well-mixed track is one like in the pic below.
yeah, mono. ;)