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Most all consoles from old analog to modern digital are designed to run the master in the shaded area which is usually 0. Some are designed to be 0 at the top of the fader. This is for maximum signal to noise and gain ratio. How many times have you seen a master down at -20-30 and channel faders way up. That is a sure fired case to cause distortion and amplify preamp noise. The idea is to set the master and input faders roughly in the shaded areas then set trims to make that work to an output level that’s suitable. Then set your speaker processor, amps or powered speakers accordingly.

I see systems all the time that don’t do this. I have to go in and re balance them out to clean up noise and distortion. These principals have been around for decades. That’s how I learned it back in 60-70’s.