Desirable RMS AND PEAK LEVELS FOR FINAL OUTPUT

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  1. wuhan_87

    wuhan_87 Active Member

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    Hello!



    I've read that the difference between the RMS level or average volume level and the peaks in an audio track is a good determination of the amount of dynamics in the track. According to which kind of project your working on and what it will be used for, I realize that these may differ. I've read for TV commercials especially, heavy compression is used so that the final mix can be pushed up to maximum amplitude. I am curious to know for each of the following, what would be your desirable final RMS and peak values and why? I am still trying to understand this a little more.

    commercial on the web:

    commercial on TV:

    film narration on the web:

    film narration on TV:

    web animation:

    e-learning/coporate videos:
     
  2. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    Welcome to RO Wuhan,

    I don't have the exact numbers but the industry is gradually changing for LUFS measurment, which streaming platforms like Youtube already adopted.
    Usually a CD will go around -9 LUFS and streaming -13 LUFS.
    I use Fabfilter L2 limiter which does the lufs metering.

    When I do audio for VO or e-learning, the customer is the one that ask for specific format and levels.
    I'm going to monitor this thread for I want to know as well ;)
     
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  3. wuhan_87

    wuhan_87 Active Member

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    OK, great thanks for the feedback!
     
  4. Athaulf

    Athaulf Active Member

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    Aside the format topic (which is merely indicative),
    some ME’s (those reluctant @ aiming a ´stupid loud’ target)
    hold a minimum value which addresses your point : 4 dB of headroom.
     

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