Mix levels, to be mastered

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by grandpiano, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. grandpiano

    grandpiano Guest

    What volume or level should my mixes be at, before I send them to be mastered? Should the mix reach a certain level or should the mastering engineer worry about compensating for the low or even high level.
  2. onemore

    onemore Guest

    It is good to get your highest peak somewhere in the -6 to 0 DBFS range. This ensures you are using all the available bits, at least once :)

    Concerning average RMS levels my mixes usually end up somewhere between -14 and -18dBDBFS

    It's the mastering engineer's job to get the CD at commercial levels

  3. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

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    There are about 20 topics in this forum on this subject. If you are working in 24bit, there is no need to concern yourself with level. just don't do anything that degrades the sound for the sake of level if you are delivering it to an ME.
  4. grandpiano

    grandpiano Guest

    thank you very much for the replies, grateful

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