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Track Leveling

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Rusven, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. Rusven

    Rusven Guest

    Guy's... can you give me some advice/techniques in balancing the track levels? I'm using sony vegas...usually I find the kick very low so I'll move up the volume but when it's done and play it, the kick is too loud...

    please give some advice..thnx
  2. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Maybe only turn it up half as much?
  3. Rusven

    Rusven Guest

    thnx greener..
  4. UncleBob58

    UncleBob58 Active Member

    Mixing is an artform unto itself. It starts with quality speakers and the listening environment. The key is "translation", the mix sounding solid in a variety of situations - cars, living rooms, PA systems, iPods...

    Before you mix listen to songs from other artists in your genre; that will give you a sense of the quirks of your mixing environment. I have a couple of CDs I bring with me when I freelance so I can acclimatize myself to a new room.
  5. Bluemonster71

    Bluemonster71 Active Member

    I use Vegas as well. Most of the time after importing audio in Vegas I have to normalise the tracks. Right click on the track and under switches chooes normalise if you havent already. Also you can set what level to normalise in the options. But the default is decent. Other than that you may have to cut or add eq to ket the kick to stand out in your mix. Pushing the volume in vegas will cause clipping. There is just not enough head room there.
  6. Groff

    Groff Active Member

    Next time try to record a bit hotter, but not too hot. Somewhere around -6 dBFS for loudest peaks.
  7. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    1. never normalize.
  8. Rusven

    Rusven Guest

    thanks guys..
  9. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member


    I was wondering when and who would point this out

    gain structure
    you can't get away from it
  10. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    You don't have enough headroom because you normalise.
  11. Bluemonster71

    Bluemonster71 Active Member

    I normalize because every once in a while the tracks I import don't import at the level they were recorded. I don't do it to every track all the time. If you normalize to 0dB there is no hope I understand that.

    But if I take the track from Vegas and open it in Soundforge and use Volume or Wave Hammer ect. it creates to much noise.

    I have been using Vegas Sound Forge since the first release and followed the directions for the why normalize.

    Why would normalizing be bad on a track or two? Seriously though have I been missing something all these years?
    If I gave bad info I am sorry.
  12. Bluemonster71

    Bluemonster71 Active Member

    Vegas is weird some times. A single track at low volume will clip the master even if the bus is well below 0db without normalize. Doesn't happen all the time but it does. I suppose it could be a bug seeing that most of the time you can't hear the clipping.
  13. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    I'd lose vegas....

    then it would be "Lost Vegas" ;)
  14. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

  15. hackenslash

    hackenslash Active Member

    Again, never normalise. Your tracks are quieter because you are importing them into a different environment. There is something wrong with your gainstaging in your multitrack if you're experiencing a difference. This is why standardising is so important. When moving from one app to another, it means that you get consistency in this regard if your gainstaging is consistent across both apps.
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