Problem with RMS normalization

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by ptfigg, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. ptfigg

    ptfigg Active Member

    Feb 9, 2005
    I have a file that occasionally peaks at 0db. However the RMS is only -35db. I need to normailze the RMS to -12db. The result is a clipped file. How would I increase the RMS to -12db without affecting the overal peaks of the file to increase the overall 'loudness'?


  2. lucidwaves

    lucidwaves Guest

    Use a limiter to tame the peaks. Then see what the RMS is. If you still need help with the percieved loudness after that, your best bet would be to send it to a mastering engineer.
  3. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Cain't as far as I know. You'll have to compress or limit to bring down the stray peaks in order to have room to raise RMS levels. You can't just "normalize the RMS" or turn up the RMS knob.
  4. ptfigg

    ptfigg Active Member

    Feb 9, 2005
    LOL...Lucid...the buck stops here with me. Anyway, this is essentially what I needed to know. I'll tame the peaks [limiter] and then bump up the RMS.

    thanks guys.

  5. lucidwaves

    lucidwaves Guest

    ptfigg, email me at aaron (at symbol) lucidwaves (dot) com

    Maybe I can help you out.
  6. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    But -12?!? Does there *really* need to be a "target" volume?

    The point is to find out where the mix wants to be and perhaps to massage it - a little - to get a little more out of it.

    The point should never be to shoot for a specific number... Especially when you're working with a mix with a 35dB crest.

    That being said - I would think that revisiting the mix at the track level would get you better results than trying to cut down the dynamic range of a full mix by two thirds. Find out what has too much dynamic range in the mix and start there.
  7. fontane

    fontane Guest

    i agree

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