Originally Posted by Jimmi Accardi
This is more about mixing than mastering but I didn't know what forum to put it in so -
These days, who's finding their mixes end up better when mixing with the playback monitors low or loud (relative to room size)? I know that if you mix low, that when you play back at louder volumes... that the bass will be louder so I'm wondering why I hear lately that many choose to mix with the monitors down low.
Engineers mix or master at lower levels if possible to avoid fatigue and hearing damage. However, you have to make sure your mix translates well at different levels, and you may need to turn it up to hear finer details. The so-called "optimal" listening level is about 85dB, but each engineer has a personal preference. But always keep in mind that prolonged listening at higher volumes will lead to fatigue and possibly hearing damage.