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what should the highest peaks in the mix hit at. -6 or 0 db?

right now I have my peaks hitting at 0 db and was told by another friend to have the peaks hitting at -6 db. What should I do, remix the tracks or send in to the ME what I have already?

Thanks for the help.

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HansAm Sun, 06/05/2005 - 23:39

Well. What is its purpouse, and what is it mixed on.
If its mixed on a computer with the purpouse of a CD. Well. Make the meter go to -0.0001dBfs ;)
If its for European TV Broadcast is something like -12dBfs or something. cant realy remember.

But as i said. Depends on what your making it for.

anonymous Mon, 06/06/2005 - 01:57

YOUNG K9 wrote: what should the highest peaks in the mix hit at....-6 or 0 db?

0 dBfs peak level should be fine, as long as the mix isn't clipped or squashed.

even -6 dB is fine, IF... it's a 24 bit mix, the resolution should be good.

If it's 16 bit, -6 dB would be a little low for the best resolution.

Regards 8)

Massive Mastering Mon, 06/06/2005 - 10:07

I'm a "-6dBfs peaks" (usually lower) type for tracking and mixing. Too much time and energy is wasted concentrating on meters - Get a decent and "safe" level in 24-bit and let it roll. It also greatly reduces any chance for reconstructive distortion during the mastering stage (or the mixing stage if you're using any outboard processing).

Headroom is good room.

anonymous Mon, 06/06/2005 - 17:47

no, i understand what you were saying. That last comment was directed at Jerry Tubb or anyone else who thinks the resolution will be lost at -6db. If the resolution will be lost then I might as well bring it back to 0db right? or should I keep it at -6 and lose the resolution BUT give the ME more headroom. Thats what I want to know. Thanks for replying though.

anonymous Mon, 06/06/2005 - 18:41

alright, my friend Heresy helped me out with the problem. I think im going to change the peaks back to 0db (which I can easily do because i saved both versions) and give the ME less headroom but still have good resolution. and the peaks arent even close to clipping so I think everything will turn out good.

aight, thanks guys for the input. If I have any more questions ill holla. Peace.


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