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  • Georges
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    I would suspect that, for clips, the success of normalization would depend on whether or not there were any infrequent outlying peaks.
    With one-shots, I could imagine that blind normalization could come into the way of velocity.

  • ASTROFREQ
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    Thanks for clearing that up for me. That makes MUCH more sense.

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  • DanielMulholland
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    Originally posted by ASTROFREQ View Post
    From my experience with the Blackbox, wouldn't having all pads Normalized just crush any dynamics and detail since the sum of the pads would be REALLY loud? Does that make sense? I can understand wanting to normalize a Preset (when the maximum number of Pads are playing at once), but it seems that normalizing each sample would make the sum of everything too hot. Or would it not? I think normalizing each pad would remove any breathing room in the music, but maybe I don't get how it would be useful for my needs. Not trying to take away from the suggestion, I'm more so trying to understand it.

    So, normalization usually isn't intended for per project use. it's more like, when you sample something, you normalize it at the sampling stage, and now it's saved to whichever directory you're sampling into at a normalized level. if all of your other samples are also saved at a normalized level, then you don't need to worry about accidentally blowing your ears out with that one kick you're about to import. Nor will you need to worry about trying to throw in that super groovy skat line you sampled four days ago at your grandpa's house, only to discover that you had his old record player turned up louder than your interface usually is, and as result your sample is way quieter than all of your other samples, even with the plus 12 db the blackbox allows! You still mix normalized samples, as you always would with any other samples, but it saves you the trouble of having to go plus or minus five db with every sample just to get them kind of line and actually ready to be more properly mixed.

    My s2400 does it, and it's hands down one of the best features. I can run through ten different sample sources, hit normalize after every sample, and boom, my collection of new samples is totally cohesive.

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  • jayneural
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    +1, I feel the need of this feature almost every time I sample. And I believe it would be one of the simple ones to implement. Wouldn't say no to other disruptive FX like a bit crusher or a flanger.

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  • ASTROFREQ
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    From my experience with the Blackbox, wouldn't having all pads Normalized just crush any dynamics and detail since the sum of the pads would be REALLY loud? Does that make sense? I can understand wanting to normalize a Preset (when the maximum number of Pads are playing at once), but it seems that normalizing each sample would make the sum of everything too hot. Or would it not? I think normalizing each pad would remove any breathing room in the music, but maybe I don't get how it would be useful for my needs. Not trying to take away from the suggestion, I'm more so trying to understand it.

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  • szszszszsz
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    +100 for normalisation

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  • Georges
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    I also wonder whether normalisation would be such a great idea, given that you can already mix pads individually within blackbox, you can even resample the result …

  • shankiphonic
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    in addition to the existing built in compressor?

  • ASTROFREQ
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    I must be doing something wrong. I have to intentionally NOT normalize anything to keep levels from being too high. hmm...
    Last edited by ASTROFREQ; 12-09-2021, 02:51 PM.

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  • Chupitnik
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    +1 Indeed agreed.

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  • scuttlefish
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    +1. Would pair really well with a built in compressor too (-;

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  • Unacknowledged
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    Agree for normalization +1

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  • denizgarout
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    +1 for normalization

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  • Felipe Denegro
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    +1 a normalization function would be very handy!

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  • NoParades
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    sing it from the mountaintops, normalize would be HUGE with the wide range of input gain the BB has. setup for different inputs is a time consuming (and sometimes vibe killing) process. having some normalization would at least give us a "oh crap this is good, HIT THE RED BUTTON" panic aversion after the fact if something coming in isn't hot enough.

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