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Normally in a modern live recording there’s quite a bit of dynamic range. The 18dB of headroom is there for big transients, so when they happen you can record them without clipping. Modern mastering techniques dictate that those tracks will be compressed a lot when they’re mixed and mastered later, and have their dynamic range squished. If you were to record your live tracks initially with only 3dB of headroom, (which is about how much dynamic range modern songs have,) when you got those big transients that are > 3dB above normal, you’d get digital clipping, and that would sound bad. However, when you record with all the headroom (especially at a 24-bit depth: you’ve got 144dB to fit all the sound) you can capture everything without clipping, then worry about compressing and normalizing it later in your DAW.