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K-System calibration

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by jarjarbinks, Jun 13, 2016.


At what dB Level do you callibrate?

  1. Over 83dB

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  2. 83dB

  3. Between 78dB and 83dB

  4. Between 70dB and 78dB

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  5. Between 60dB and 70dB

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  6. Lower than 60dB

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  1. jarjarbinks

    jarjarbinks Misa want to learn! Active Member

    Sep 27, 2010
    Hi Folks.

    Why is the K system calibrated at 83dB? It feels too high a level to work for hours on end.

    I went to a professional mixing room today and calibrated the monitors to 83dB according to the Ksystem guidelines:
    1. Setup a pink noise generator at -12dB (-12dB, -14dB or -20dB, depending on desired K-Scale)
    2. Move monitor output level knob until dB meter at sweet spot reports 83dB

    I proceeded to play some mastered music and felt this level was way to high for my taste.

    Did I do something wrong? How do you callibrate your levels to work with K metering?
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

    Mar 20, 2000
    BC, Canada
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    I'm no expert but if you haven't, search Fletcher Munson Curves More interesting discussion is there.

    Being said, I stopped mixing at higher levels (for long periods of time) years back.
    • I use a good monitor controller that seems to translate balanced mixed at lower levels.
    • I use a few brands of monitors that work for my hearing (deficiencies, requirements).
    • My room acoustic are pleasing for me.
    • I like to vary levels and also take a lot of breaks between mixes.

    I added this media on the k system today. Its well done so I thought I would share it.

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