Metering levels in pro tools is very crucial to always keep your eyes on the meters whether recording or mixing making sure that the signal is not coming too hot or too low. When you have an artist in the booth what you want to aim for is a negative six (-6db) input level.

To aim for negative six (-6db) does not mean you go directly to adjust the fader and that either will not get you a negative six. Nothing inside pro tools can change your signal input level or changing the compressor or EQ. If you are recording signal into the software that means you have to change it in one or three places whether loud or quiet. The first choice is to change the source volume, an example can be a keyboard or guitar volume is a great way to change your input level. The second example is microphone placement. If you have the microphone close to the source the signal will be louder and if it is further away it will be quieter. The third example s adjusting the gain on the preamp which adjust the level of the microphone signal either on the interface or external hardware preamp. For best results, aim for an average peak input level around –6 dBFS or lower, keeping the track meter in the yellow range. To do this, adjust the level of your analog source while monitoring the indicator lights on your onscreen track meter.
Cook, Frank D.. Pro Tools® 101 : An Introduction to Pro Tools 11, Cengage Learning, 2013

Aim to get the negative six (-6db) on the master fader and that will make sure that you have enough headroom for any mastering process. Any picks that may come through you may want to make sure they go through without clipping. Sometime parts of a record may get louder making sure they do not clip which may end up into distortion in your session. Jus make sure you have that negative six (-6db) loudness on your input and on your masterfader which is your output. Send window in post-fader mode set to unity gain with Follow Main Pan selected. Collins, Mike. Pro Tools 11 : Music Production, Recording, Editing, and Mixing, Taylor & Francis Group, 201

In conclusion, monitor levels and your input levels are extremely important so make sure you always keep an eye on the meters aiming on the negative six (-6db) input and output level. Once you get this part accurate and you will have loads of good clean signal process in post production.

Izhaki, R., & Izhaki, R. (2017). Mixing audio : Concepts, practices, and tools
Cook, Frank D.. Pro Tools® 101 : An Introduction to Pro Tools 11, Cengage Learning, 2013
Collins, Mike. Pro Tools 11 : Music Production, Recording, Editing, and Mixing, Taylor & Francis Group, 201

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