More Cowbell said: If the internal volume is too loud, normalization frequently causes the waveform to clip. Hard Limiting can fix this by boosting the internal level but keeping the waveform below a certain set dB.
Like i said before it depends on the song.
I still got love for ya. no hatin.
it doesnt depend on the song at all, you're talking out of your arse and your avatar is equally annoying. normalizing has the same effect as turning the volume up on your playback device.
from the sounds of it the problem this guy has is that he's recording at very low level, but turning the volume up on his digital 8 track to counter it, and then when he gets to something he has a reference voulme on (his pc) he notices the difference.
if youre intending on just bouncing a stereo mix the best way to do it would be to do what doog said he does, just take an output from your 8track to your pc. that way you have a gain control that you can adjust. set the gain so the loudest parts of the song dont clip, and then normalize after.
nomalizing is something best done at the end of the process and only once, it will be fairly unnoticeable but all digital processes like that will add some digital artifacts, and you'll want to keep these to a minimum