Setting export levels before mastering and 32bit floating point

A common question we get is “how much headroom do you prefer on the premasters?” The answer is “anything under clipping is fine.” But to expand on that, clipping is fine too but only if you send 32bit floating point files. The reason for this is because 32bit floating point is not actually going to clip until the bit rate is reduced.

If your DAW is limited to 24bit exporting (Logic) then it’s important that you keep any peaks below zero because we can’t reverse distortion in mastering.

This is useful info to the producers out there who work with processing on their master fader (Ozone for example) and remove it before exporting only to find that the level is now peaking over zero. Now you can save yourselves some time.