First, this GIF is brilliant, it illustrates how a 32-bit floating-point file behaves when you lower the gain, watch those peaks!!!

The difference between a fixed point and floating point file isn’t that easy to explain, at least if the client is someone who’s just want to make a banging techno track and don’t really care about technical stuff, “Dude, just make it sound good”. I borrowed the GIF from Justin Perkins’s article “The 6 dB of Headroom for Mastering Myth Explained“, which, if you read it, will make you deliver tracks for mastering like a pro in no time!


The 6 dB of Headroom for Mastering Myth Explained