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So the metering isn’t dBFS – that’s not surprising – most people in the industry are used to having positive dB values available, and so most of the digital manufacturers allow their metering and labels to “go to 11”, despite 11 actually having no meaning (11 is the new 10) – because it makes life easier for users coming from the analogue world.

When you then look at the resultant file in a DAW, which is much more likely to show dBFS, then the offset used to provide this “friendly” metering is revealed. I suspect that this is what you are seeing, normalisation as the first stage of post production isn’t going to adversely affect the signal, although it is probably not all that useful – you can just change levels as you mix…

The important thing is not dbFS level, but noise floor and distortion.