Ok, this is kind of a tandem question to Davide's question yesterday, but I felt it needed a separate question.
What are "standard" levels for a mix down on a big stage? (the stage I'm on is a Dolby Print Master Approved stage, if that means anything)
I've been doing some editing and mix on a huge stage this week, and I've got to say, it's RIDICULOUSLY LOUD!!! MUCH louder than any theater would ever play back. I didn't have an SPL meter with me, but I'd venture to say it's somewhere between 102 and 104 db. We're talking crazy loud, as in my ears are hurting loud. And that's with the faders at unity, and with someone extremely competent running the room. I've heard that most stages are run very loud.
Why does it have to be this loud? I'll ask the mixer tomorrow, but I'm curious as to what you guys have to say.