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How loud (Peak & Rms) should my mix be before I begin mastering it?
Old 12th September 2011
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How loud (Peak & Rms) should my mix be before I begin mastering it?

Curious...., as I'm just about to mix then master some songs ITB.
Old 12th September 2011
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Whatever you like. Within reason. Or even then, whatever you like..

So long as it's not clipped, stupidly quiet or overly compressed.

matt
Old 12th September 2011
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Originally Posted by everglass View Post
Curious...., as I'm just about to mix then master some songs ITB.
A reasonable rule of thumb is to aim for RMS around the old analog 0 dBVU, which is in the neighborhood of -18 dBFS. This should put your peaks around -6 dBFS or so.

Fran
Old 12th September 2011
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Fran Guidry View Post
which is in the neighborhood of -14 dBFS
Fixed.
My songs, before mastering are between -10 and -9 (RMS), but this is just an observation, I don't necessarily aim for this.
Old 13th September 2011
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I have been working towards peaks at -12 Rms with averages in the -15 area. Its helped me to keep things less squashed as the tracks head towards an mp3 format.
Old 13th September 2011
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I usually peak around -6dBFS, but, you should be more focused on the sound. As long as it isn't clipping go with what sounds best
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