What kind of level do you think would be best for recording sounds outdoors? Do I want to aim to leave my preamps at unity and then level up in PT if necessary, or record everything as hot as possible at the time?
I'm going on a recording mission this weekend to a local forest quiet-zone to try and capture some wind and leaves in situ. I'm currently recording to an H1 and H2, whose preamps are decidedly not the best, so I'd rather not induce any more noise than I have to. Or will the inherent noise be there no matter what I do, so save the processing time and any potential quality degredation that the Gain and Normalize plugs might cause?
Just found this article about the problem with unity gain. Not all of it applies (or is necessarily comprehensible to non-electronics people, myself included), but it's interesting.