RMS Level

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by paulybear, Mar 18, 2005.

  1. paulybear

    paulybear Guest

    Hello, it's the newbie again. I've seen it mentioned here and have searched on google for an article or definition but am still non the wiser. What is RMS Level and why should I be worried about it? Is it the overall level of the track?
  2. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    RMS stands for Root Mean Square.

    There are two values you want to worry about PEAK and RMS.

    Peak is what is says, the PEAK value of the music and you want to keep that just below 0dBFS (for most music) and the RMS or the AVERAGE value of the music and depending on the music can be somewhere in the range of -6dBFS for Hip Hop to maybe -18 to -12 dBFS for classical or acoustic music. A good explanation can be found on Bob Katz's site http://www.digido.com.

    Hope this helps.
  3. paulybear

    paulybear Guest

    excellent stuff. thanks. how do i check this in Cubase SX? I presume I should be worrying about while mixing or do i wait until i mix down the stero file and am mastering in Wavelab for example?
  4. onemore

    onemore Guest

    Here are two freeware plugins that give you, among other valuable information, RMS levels for your music

    download SPAN

    and/or RMS buddy


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