How Much Time to Leave Before Digital Track to Ensure Beginning Doesn't Get Cut Off?

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  1. hunter07

    hunter07 Active Member

    Nov 19, 2011
    I'm set to render some waves of my tracks but I've noticed that when I cut right to the beginning of a track and render it, part of the beginning will get sliced off when I open it in VLC or a lot of players. Is there some industry standard of how many milliseconds of space I should leave before the track starts to ensure that none of it gets cut off without having to leave TOO much on their so that the track doesn't actually start right away when someone plays it?
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    Typical lead in time on a commercial recording is somewhere between 2-4 seconds. It may also have to do with where you set your track markers when you render your mix.
  3. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    I "default" to about 7-8 frames (100ms) between the track marker and the first purposeful oscillation. Some more, few less. There is no "standard" -- But I've dealt with few machines that need more than 50ms. Many MP3 players though (which is one reason for the "around 100ms" starting point).
  4. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Boulder, Colorado
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    I leave half a beat or so at most. If a player cuts off more than that (or anything, really) there's something wrong with it. Be sure to magnify the amplitude dimension to see the real start of the track.
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    I usually make sure to include .5-1 second of blank lead in with a very quick logarithmic fade in prior to first oscillation of sound. My spacing is generally determined by how long of a reverb trail or fade out is necessary, generally yielding 2 seconds between individual cuts. And not necessarily any silence between cuts when preparing masters of live recordings but still trying to maintain approximately 2-4 seconds between actual cuts.

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