forgive me if NONE of this makes sense -
ok, heres the deal...im using PEAK (for its simplicity) to record and archive my vinyl, which ive heard is pretty much just like SoundForge. but in any case...
after im done recording the actual audio, i usually normalize the track. now while that raises the levels to 0db (right before clipping), it uses the peak level instead of the RMS level.
i noticed that when i pull a wave file from a cd, the wave looks "meat-ier" and more full (a nice block of audio). but when i record vinyl its not as loud and the waves look less bulky with higher peaks.
so when i burn those waves onto CDs, i always find myself turning up the gains on the board (which isnt so bad when you have LED meters on the mixer, obviously some dont ie. a lot of rotary mixers)
basically im asking if theres a way to still raise the gain on these recordings without clipping without compromising the quality of the track? im also trying not to add any more 'color' by EQ'ing these bastards either
(im recording straight into my computer using a USB phono preamp)