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How do I generate a 0 dBFS sine-wave in SoX? (output clipped warning)

I'm trying to generate a 48 kHz, 16-bit 0 dBFS WAV file of a 997 Hz sine wave, where the level is set to the maximum value of 7FFF, but SoX warns me the output was clipped when it finishes. I don't ...
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What devices do acoustical consultants use to measure sound?

What types of devices do acoustical consultants use to measure sound? In my specific case I am looking to measure train noise inside and outside the home. I suspect a decibel meter at the simplest ...
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behringer Xenyx x2222usb voume question into peavey pv900 amp

My band currently uses a peavey pv10 mixer and a peavey pv900 amp. When I put my mixer in place of the pv10, it does not have the same output volume as the pv10. The gains have to be up to at least 90 ...
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Dynamic amplification of a sound file

I have a 60-minute WAV file of a conversation. Here is a 600kB clip from it: https://www.dropbox.com/s/m00d525v34bwbpa/needs-levelling.wav?dl=0 One voice is very quiet and I would like to amplify it....
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What unit can be used to define “loudness” across multiple programs?

I am working on a project where third parties submit videos to our system for deployment. We would like to use a single reference level that would allow us to specify "loudness". If we were to ...
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Ardour: Setting recording levels

I'm brand new to Ardour, and not terribly experienced with Linux audio. My first question about Ardour is probably a very, very, stupid one: why is it that the audiogram of the recording in the track ...
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UR22MKII very low microphone level problem

I have a Steinberg UR22MKII and in the first input I have a condenser microphone, 48V phantom power is on. When I listen with headphones to the direct monitor, it sounds fine. When I listen with ...
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What should be the volume level of monitors during mixing?

Should the volume be kept low or a bit on the higher side during mixing?I am just a beginner so....
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Fixing loudness on large MP3 comedy gig recordings

tl;dr: How can I manipulate an existing MP3 recording have a consistent volume level? Details: I have a few 60-90 minute long MP3s that I would like to listen to through my headphones but the audio ...
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Music drowning out singing

my brother gave me some raw footage of him playing the guitar. His mouth was not close enough to the mic and the guitar sounds too loud. Is there a way I can remove increase the voice or lower the ...
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how to adjust audio level across multiple editors?

Alright, so this is a tough one for me to word in a google search, and I'm somewhat new to audio engineering. A video was shot, not by me, and the audio was monitored, also not by me. I edited the ...
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Zoom H6 recording levels

I purchased a Zoom h6 for recording sync sound for my movies. I am using a Røde ntg 3 shot gun mic., using phantom power. Recently I recorded some ambient sounds for my short film. I found ...
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microphone levels on a XENYX mixer very low

The setup I put together is a mixer by Behringer QX1202USB and a few microphones in the range of 20-25 € (Soundkinh EH 002, Superlux D103 13X, Dehringer XM 8500 ULTRAVOICE). Two microphones came with ...
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Eliminating spill on lapel mics

I am currently working on a tv show where people are being filmed while watching tv. All of the people are miked up with Sennheiser ew100 G3 lapel microphones. The producers want me to completely drop ...
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Low Passed Sound Quality, Connecting Pro Soundcard to Consumer Hifi Amp. Level matching?

I've noticed that I'm losing a lot of high end detail when I plug my soundcard into my hifi amplifier. I use this setup to record and mix music. The soundcard is an 828mk2. Hifi amp is audiolab 8000a....
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Why are levels so different on popular music tracks I open in my wav editor?

I'm trying to figure out how loud my songs should be. I'm trying to compare my stuff with popular music artists to see how loud their songs are, so I open their songs in my wave editor. When I open ...
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Record 2 microphones on one mic-in port (basic consumer audio)

I am recording sound from two outputs, but one of them is closer than the other, making it a bit louder than the other source. I am recording with a 3.5mm mic-in port on a basic consumer audio card (...
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Is there an ideal volume level for music files?

I am outputting WAV files from Sibelius and uploading to web distribution channels such as Google Play and SoundCloud. I don't want the volume to be too quiet or too loud, but I'm not sure how to go ...
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How to deal with extreme level differences in film dialogue

If recording a filmed dialogue scene that has a sound level range between whispering and shouting (or similar high range beyond acceptable limits for the equipment available), what is the right way to ...
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How to balance channel volume in Adobe Audition?

I've recorded audio with a Zoom h4n and the right channel is louder than the left one. How do I balance them to make them even in Adobe Audition? People in threads over the internet just say it is ...
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How to ensure uniform sound levels in multiple WAV files?

I require that the sound levels of all the songs for my project are uniform. The songs are from different albums and different artists, hence they are not uniform from the perspective of volume level. ...
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Audio Leveler Isn't Stable

Sorry if this question doesn't make sense (or uses the wrong terms, feel free to edit). I've got very little understanding of audio, but willing to learn. I've recorded a tutorial for Youtube and I'm ...
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Input levels too high with Cubase 5 and Alesis IO2

I am having an issue with recording my guitar in Cubase 5. I am using Alesis IO2 as input and output. The input appears to be unreasonably loud. I can see the levels in cubase go right to the max ...
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Is “level” control amplifying or attenuating?

On the Zoom H4N, the “level” control goes from 0 to 100 (or is it 1 to 100?). What does it do actually? Specifically, is it controlling the degree of amplification of the incoming signal, or ...
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Line Level vs Mic Level?

The EXT MIC input on the Zoom H4N is specified as: mini stereo phone jack Input impedance = 2 kΩ Input level =  −7 dBm _ −47 dBm (0 dBm = 0.755 Vrms) so that's 0.346 Vrms --> equals −7.23 dBu to ...
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Festival requests DCP with mix level changes

I went to a screening at the London Short Film Festival last night of a short I worked on as sound editor and mixer. Unfortunately, I was appalled whilst watching it to hear the film being played ...
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Synth levels too low in mixdown (Ableton DNB)

I am currently producing a Jump Up Drum and Bass track using ableton, I have gotten to the mixdown and I am concerned as to how loud my synths should be peaking. I am using Native Instruments Massive ...
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What sound level units range from -1 to 1?

I'm used to using dBFS to describe audio levels, where 0 dBFS marks the audio level beyond which clipping occurs. This article that describes DC offset, however, notes that DC offset is characterized ...
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How should you set your instrument levels prior to recording?

That title isn’t very descriptive, but what I’m asking is kind of hard to summarize. I’ve been digging into some basic tutorials and introductions for recording, but so far I haven’t come across what ...
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Analog vs Digital metering

I mixed for 3 years on an Allan and Heath as well as several other analog consoles and was used to running my channel gain at 0db with the transient peaks never reaching above +6 (this is unity gain ...
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Measuring low (~18 dB SPL) sound levels with a relatively cheap microphone

I have been tasked with designing a sound level meter (I am an electrical engineer) that can measure accurate sound levels down to ~18 dB SPL. However, part of the task is that my microphone should ...
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What portable recorder do you use and why?

I've been recording atmospheric sounds for a while now and I'm curious about what you guys prefer using as a recording device out in the fields. Mostly I've been using a Zoom h4n with it's internal ...
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Mastering Levels for Interactive Audio

Hi game audio professionals, I'd love to get your opinions on this. When rendering final mixes for game audio, how loud do you mix? Let's take an example of an iPad game that includes a street ...
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Advice on Mixing and Mastering levels - Peaking/distortion when playing through DVD players? (non PC)

Hi all! I have a question relating to the mixing and mastering levels of a film's audio soundtrack and problems I have since noticed after a project have been completed. I have been freelancing in ...
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Showreel Mixing Levels and General Portfolio Advice

Hi, Over the past couple of months I've been putting together a portfolio of sound design projects (http://flavors.me/mritterp) to try and get some work on short student films and such, but I'm ...
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Am I in the wrong? - mixing help!

Hello everyone, I am a soon to be graduate from BA Film. For my final year I have decided to work as a sound designer (my second year I did this as I have a musical background and seen the ...
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How to set levels of camera to the mixer?

Hey guys, I have a Azden fmx-22 mixer that I will connect a NTG-2 to and from there it will go into a Panasonic HDC Z10000 camera. How do I set the levels of the camera to the mixer if the mixer ...
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Radio advert project

I have a radio project due in a week and a half's time. I have recorded the dialogue at 44.1, 32 bit. I would just like to know what the radio broadcast level is?
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Understanding Loudness & Broadcast Standards

This is going to be pretty broad cause this stuff just confuses me so I wondering, if you guy's could give me some resources to check out so I can understand them a little better. I don't even know ...
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Overall Sound Volume

Hey guys, that's maybe a noob question but: What level of overall output control you're using when your producing? I heard that some people use 100/100 in OS, some say that you should bring that level ...
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How do I keep sound levels consistent when editing?

I've recently begun doing a lot of editing, and I'm having problems keeping the levels of the different parts consistent. Were talking usually about 20 minutes of video for which I do all the sound ...
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Repair of 320 kbps MP3 file recorded accidentally at maximum manual recording level setting

Question, The Auto Level Control Slide Selector switch was accidendally bumped from Auto to Manual Recording Level Mode. The manual level thumb dial was at 10. On playback the there is a high level ...
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Normalization in Field Recording and Sound Design.

Hey guys, I guess I'm a little confused about the use of Normalization in Field and FX recordings. I just read Rick Viers book "The Sound FX Bible" and he briefly mentions the use of Normalization ...
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Target Level for Bed Music?

Putting the final touches on a 2-hour documentary project - complete sound re-design, nat sound, variant dialog, and a primarily orchestral score....etc, etc. I will admit, this is one of my first ...
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Explain the Fletcher-Munson Curve To An Idiot

I just know that it's has something to do with the loudness levels being equal across the frequency spectrum, care to explain it further?
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MixPre-D into Sony PCM M10 - Low Line-in Level Problem

Hi Guys, I record interviews for radio. I just bought a MixPre-D, a Sony PCM M10, and a BeyerDynamic M58. I'm finding that I can't get good recorded levels going from [MixPre-D "Tape Out"] into [...
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What is the difference between dBFS and dBu?

What is the difference between dBFS and dBu for leveling when it comes to final mix and standards for cinematic release? I know that each country is different. In South Africa, the spec for ...
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loudness metering

Been asked at work to mix to a loudness reading aswell/rather than ppm. I think the UK are switching over to this it seems. Have any of you used these before? which do you recommend? is ...
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What is an acceptable noise floor for recording foley in a quiet room

Recording some foley mostly backpack movements and chair sitting downs and ups in (any wild ideas out there other than mimicking the real thing? Anyways, my noise floor is -50.5 dbA from SankenCS1e ...
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Mixing trailers for the internet

Hi All, I'm a long time lurker, first time poster, so thanks for all the great advice I've absorbed from you all already. I'm designing / mixing some trailers specifically for the internet, and was ...