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Equalizer APO Questions

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MahouShoujoIceStar Featured By Owner Edited Sep 15, 2020  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 I'm a noob when it comes to Audio engineering and have some questions about the software I am using, Equalizer APO.

 Here's a screenshot of my setup:

EQ settings by MahouShoujoIceStar

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- Is it true that if the graph turns red, that means you are going too high and there is a risk of audio distortion? The graph should always be gray, and ideally at 0.00 dB gain, correct?

- Pre-Amp is basically just making the overall volume louder, I assume? And it boosts the graph into red territory, so I should just keep it off? Why is it even there, then?
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pyrohmstr Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2020  Professional Artist
The graph going red is clipping - it will distort the audio (although it's not always noticeable).

The preamp will make the volume louder - this is useful for when your recording is not already at the maximum level and you want to amplify it before doing other things. If your input audio is already scaled then it won't be useful (or can be used to bring the levels down, if that's what you wanted to do).
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