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SPL Meter Question

I was looking at a few different SPL meters, as I need to buy one, and I noticed that every one of them measured from 31.5hz to 8khz. Why? Why not 20 - 20? I'm guessing it has to do with the equal ...
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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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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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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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TV Broadcast Levels

I just mixed a documentary for TV broadcast and the clients told me that it should not peak higher than -6db and the reference tones should be at -12db. I did just that but then when they where ...
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SPL During Mix Sessions on a Stage

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 ...
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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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Dia always the same level?

Question regarding mixing: Is dialogue always mixed at the same level no matter what type of movie you're mixing? Example: Terminator 2 - explosions all over the place. Dialogue, yelling, during ...
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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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Mixing for Television

I just mixed a commercial for TV and saw it air against other commercials and is it just me or is all TV audio smashed to hell with an L2? I mean, come on... My mix was smooth and had dynamic range ...
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Broadcast Level Requirement

Anyone know what the loudest level for a mix on broadcast (CBS) television is? Im doing a mix that may end up on there and Id rather not have it smashed by their compressors. :) I read the other ...
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Outdoor Recording Level Recommendations

What kind of level do you think would be best for recording sounds outdoors? Do I want to aim to leave my preamps at unity and then level up in PT if necessary, or record everything as hot as possible ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Spotify optimal level using Soundforge's statistics

I'd like to know if others are using the average RMS calculator from SoundForge to confirm the global RMS level of a song before publishing to Spotify and other online platform. I see a lot going ...
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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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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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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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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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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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quick question need answer ASAP concerning the cannon 7d's audio features

I'm shooting a corporate video and we're using a canon 7d, I've got the mini jack connection, me 66, boom pole and all the works I just want to know very badly if the camera has an audio level setting ...
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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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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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Does it matter if RMS meters hit red?

I just imported a fully mastered Hip-Hop song released in 2003 (Joe Budden - Pump It Up, if that's relevant), and I noticed that the RMS meter lit red (but not the regular dBFS level meter). The mix ...
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How much should volume change for an empty room vs one full of bodies?

So tonight I'm doing a film screening. The room is small and will have about 20 people in it. The room is already absorbent, with painted wood on the walls, carpet on the floor, acoustic tile drop ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to set mic input levels on ART Tube MP Studio V3

I'm setting up a small studio to do live streaming and podcasting and need some advice on how to properly setup my mic levels on my preamp. It's an ART Tube MP Studio V3 and the microphone levels can ...
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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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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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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 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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How do you convert sound decibel (dB) measurements to a common loudness scale?

I'm using Android IP Webcam as a sound sensor to monitor environmental noise levels in an interior room. It is outputting values in the 135-230 dB range where ~135 dB is dead-of-night, everything off,...