I'm working with a tight group of film makers, all local, but a very dedicated bunch. I have been searching everywhere for info on mixing dialogue, foley, and music and happened upon the -20DBFS pink noise to 85 RMS mix standard. For anyone familiar with this, I think I get it, yet I wonder if I really do. My understand is that you are supposed to playback a -20DBFS pink noise signal and then, from your listening position, adjust your monitors to 85db RMS. Let me just first say, this seems insanely loud to me. I then found another reference stating that, for small rooms (I'm sure mine qualifies as such) with near field monitoring, 79-80 db is the acceptable range. I'm thinking still too loud but maybe that's just me. So if I have the above info correct, then am I supposed to assume that you then mix everything to the level that you would be expecting to hear in a theater? I can tell you that with -20 pink noise coming out at 79db, it would be one of the quietest mixes I've ever done. Maybe I have something wrong here, but could anyone help me or point me at some authoritative info on this subject? I also wonder what delivery levels are standard on the mixdown. I should also mention that I'm only talking about 2 channel stereo, not 5.1 or more. Thanks!