At times like this, I'm reminded of Sir Paul's comments on "slammin' it in the red" on the console when recording the acoustic guitars to Obladi-Oblada. I.e., rules are made to be broken.
"In some mixers, there may be as much as 20dB of headroom, so you can usually peak well above the 0VU mark without having to worry about clipping. In fact, some mixers sound even better when the channels are pushed into the red, making clipping and peaking with an analog mixer is sometimes even favorable, as this will produce that gritty analog distortion that can really juice up a track.
One notable scenario in which this effect was utilized is the Beatles’ recording of “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”. During the recording, Paul McCartney insisted that the acoustic guitars be recorded at hotter-than-usual levels. The engineer at the time may have likely balked at the suggestion, but the results speak for themselves!"
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