I would like to bring all tracks of a session to 0 db because I want to use a analog channel strip simulation simulation, and CLA points out that those sounds best with audio source within that range. Now I know that I could run every track thru a db meter, but it would take ages, so is there a neet tiny tool (VST/AU or internal) with instant calculation and possibly even automatic compensation?


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    0db relative to what? 0dbFS in a DAW workchain is on the edge of clipping.
    – danmcb
    Dec 9, 2019 at 10:08
  • you are completely right, I meant the relative 0 of the particular chanel strip emulation. One can look it up for each plug, but never the less there is a sweat spot of the input gain, and I would like to quickly bring all the tracks to this exact position.
    – Macilias
    Dec 9, 2019 at 10:27
  • well you need to know what it is bevore that is possible. db by itself is meaningless. If this is on a DAW probably the plugin is designed to work at some level ref FS.
    – danmcb
    Dec 9, 2019 at 10:44
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    & a late 3. The quick & dirty way to do this would be to actually, literally, normalise all your audio tracks; then you know there's at least one point in every track that does actually hit 0dBFS [I've no idea how to achieve any of this in Ableton, never used it, so can't add as an answer].
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 9, 2019 at 11:53
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    If you have any knowledge of the data format in an "Ableton" file, then load it into your math tool of choice (R, python, MATLAB, etc.) and calculate the statistics of the amplitude data. Dec 9, 2019 at 13:46


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