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How to balance channel volume in Adobe Audition?

There are several ways to do this. Simple answer: You can edit each channel separately. When the wave-form is selected, you can hit the up arrow key or down arrow key to change the selection to left ...
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What sound level units range from -1 to 1?

This is not a sound level. It's a pressure level, or voltage level, or whatever physical sound transmission you're imagining. DC offset is the absolute sample value of the average of all audio ...
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Festival requests DCP with mix level changes

This is a very old thread, but I just saw it. I am the technical manager of London Short Film Festival, and the author of the "how to make a DCP" guide the OP referred to. First off, I'm really ...
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Music drowning out singing

If it was recorded with one microphone, there is no good way to rectify this problem. Vocals and guitars share the same frequencies, so EQ is out of the picture. Sorry.
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Input levels too high with Cubase 5 and Alesis IO2

Assuming you are using the IO2 with the guitar input, with Mic/Line / Guitar switch set to guitar, I'd start by bringing down the gain knob then turning it up slowly. Also make sure that you aren't by ...
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Festival requests DCP with mix level changes

Is this requirement as ridiculous as it seems to be to me? Yes. No serious theater mix delivery specifications includes such limit. Nearly all theater mix will have sample peaks above -10 dB FS. ...
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Synth levels too low in mixdown (Ableton DNB)

Maybe you're trying to do the wrong thing with them. Just crushing them may not help at all. Start with EQing them, Unless they're bass synths you should be shelving the bass quite a bit. If they ...
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How to ensure uniform sound levels in multiple WAV files?

You are talking about perceived loudness. This is quite unlike peak level. What you can do is measure the perceived loudness for all your songs and then adjust the gain accordingly. The best way ...
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Why are levels so different on popular music tracks I open in my wav editor?

Basically, you're right with all your points. The level between different albums can indeed be dramatically different, depending on how agressively it was mastered. Records from the early days of CDs ...
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Zoom H6 recording levels

While recording ambience sounds in Zoom h6 I have found that I generally have to keep the gain near 8-9 , for situations like general traffic and cityscape 6-7 usually works considering that one is ...
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Is "level" control amplifying or attenuating?

There usually is a "native" setting called Unity. At that position, the signal is neither attenuated nor amplified artificially. Basically you need to see what is the Unity for your particular device,...
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What should be the volume level of monitors during mixing?

Low or somewhere inbetween. Unless you have acoustic treatment like baffles and obsorbers, defusers. If you have the level too high you will 'excite' the room causing potentially standing waves; peaks ...
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What unit can be used to define "loudness" across multiple programs?

The international consensus seems now established that loudness measure should be done according to ITU R BS.1770. Algorithms to measure audio programme loudness and true-peak audio level It is ...
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Audio Leveler Isn't Stable

There's Way too much to go into here, about leveling audio, and as I haven't heard the audio clip, I will keep it short. The speech leveller is probably causing the problem and you may not be using ...
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How do you convert sound decibel (dB) measurements to a common loudness scale?

There is no formula you can use to make this conversion. It is unlikely your webcam would be suitable as a sound sensor due to the processing involved in detecting and multiplexing the audio into the ...
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If a speakers specification says it is a 30 Watt speaker, why can’t the formula for decibels be used to convert the 30 watts to dB?

There is at least one more specification needed: effiency also known as sensitivity. Converting electricity to sound is very ineffecient. Typical values of sensitivy is around 90dB sound level for 1 W ...
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What devices do acoustical consultants use to measure sound?

Well I'm not a consultant but what you are probably looking for is a dB meter and I would guess there's not really any reason to measure frequencies other than curiosity. If you are considering ...
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Dynamic amplification of a sound file

There is no magic trick to make something good out of a bad recording. It will always sound very bad. That is why is it extremely important to get a good recording at first, with plenty of dynamic ...
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Ardour: Setting recording levels

The track shows the input signal, not the adjustment made by the fader. To adjust this, you have to use the a gain control. There is one in the mixer that might help, but I don't think this will do ...
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UR22MKII very low microphone level problem

If it's loud enough via direct monitoring, and loud enough when listening in Audacity, it sounds like there's just a output level difference between your Steinberg interface and your built in computer ...
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Fixing loudness on large MP3 comedy gig recordings

Try leveling, a much used compression technique. set compressor speed to the fastest setting lower threshold to the lowest setting play with the ratio between 1...2(2is kinda extreme 1.2-1.3 is ...
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how to adjust audio level across multiple editors?

You need to be able to edit the audio in an audio editor. Assuming that is so... 1: check there aren't strong levels below 100Hz (low bass rumble). If there are, remove them with an EQ or High Pass ...
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Zoom H6 recording levels

With a limited dynamic range - which you will often find with recording backgrounds and atmos - you can increase the gain on the recorder, but you will simply find yourself increasing the level of ...
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microphone levels on a XENYX mixer very low

After reading and watching videos on YouTube I came to the realization that is obvious to any mediocre+ sound engineer. I come from field of biology so please excuse my ignorance on the matter. ...
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Eliminating spill on lapel mics

You have a few different options. You can use some gates on the lapel mics and set the threshold high enough to cut the TV bleedover, but not the character dialogue. This has the downside of ...
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Low Passed Sound Quality, Connecting Pro Soundcard to Consumer Hifi Amp. Level matching?

A balanced line-level output usually has TRS (tip-ring-shield) 1/4" connectors. Connecting them to an unbalanced input requires the use of mono cables which short R with S (ring/return with shield) ...
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Record 2 microphones on one mic-in port (basic consumer audio)

A computer mic input is monaural, so you must "mix" two or more microphones together to make a monaural signal. It may be possible to simply parallel two microphones with a "Y-adapter". But even if ...
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How to deal with extreme level differences in film dialogue

Personally, I don't ride the faders too much between single words. Only if 'longer' passages are quieter/louder I turn up/down the gain. Moving the faders within words should be avoided. Until now, I'...
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How to deal with extreme level differences in film dialogue

Hopefully the boom operator knows what they are doing and are trying to capture the best sound and levels, letting the director know when there are noises that will spoil the shot, and coordinating on ...
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