Originally Posted by RooF
Hello to all
I am in the middle of setting up and i am considering using the k-system to calibrate my VU and my monitors.
Are many of you doing it?
Hello, Roof. I think the real key to the K-System is having a calibrated monitor gain that you can return to again and again, even when you're mixing and moving the gain all over the place to hear what it sounds like at different levels. If you can return the monitor gain repeatably to the place where you are working your song at, then your mixes will be more consistent, and hopefully also more open and impacting. The "open and impacting" will come from using a slightly higher monitor gain and working a mix at, for example, -6 dB on the calibrated monitor or above, letting any "loudness issues" mostly be taken care of later on in the mastering side. Because you can't go back, if you overcompress and squash too much on the mix side, there's no going back (well, almost, but that's another topic).
So, setting up.... you need a monitor control calibrated in 1 dB steps, whose 0 dB point is calibrated at 83 dB/C weighted/slow/per channel/with -20 dBFS RMS pink noise. From there, you will end up attenuating it as little as 6 dB, hopefully no more than 8 to 10 dB, depending on how close your speakers are, how loudly you like to listen, and how compressed you want to mix. This is a fact: The more you attenuate your monitor gain, the MORE compressed your mix will have to turn out to avoid overs (distortion) on the meter! The K-System provides suggested monitor gain points that will help you in your goals. The metering is tied to this as well, and it really helps to have an RMS meter integrated with the peak meter, or a standalone true VU meter if that's what you like. You'll find you'll be looking at the RMS meter far far more than the peak.
The K-System also provides for an expansion to a more accurate loudness characteristic once CPUs become powerful enough to drive the meters without eating too much into your plugin power :-).