View Poll Results: What Is The Ideal Decibel Level For Audio Mixdown?

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    What is the Ideal dB Level?

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    I would like to know if anyone here knows the ideal signal level for your stereo mixdown? I am referring to dBFS (PPM). I find so many producers don't know what level their tracks should be peaking to give the mastering engineer the optimal headroom to work, so I thought it might be a good idea to discuss it here.
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    below zero always no exceptions. at least in the digital world
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Beat Pharmacy View Post
    below zero always no exceptions. at least in the digital world
    Below zero? There are a lot of numbers under zero on PPM! Which of those numbers is preferred?
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    Is there only one answer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmapeel9 View Post
    Is there only one answer?
    No. But the recommendation by the elite mastering engineers, Bob Katz, Bernie Grundman, Kevorkian and Emily Salazar is there.
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    -6db peaking should be enough headroom to be sent to mastering. I've also heard a few people do -12 to be safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HakimCallier View Post
    Below zero? There are a lot of numbers under zero on PPM! Which of those numbers is preferred?
    What he's saying is not to go over the threshold 0 in a digital domain because it will always cause clipping and distortion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trillz View Post
    What he's saying is not to go over the threshold 0 in a digital domain because it will always cause clipping and distortion.
    exactly don't cause clipping and distortion and leave headroom its pretty simple not rocket science.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Beat Pharmacy View Post
    pretty simple not rocket science.
    That depends on how you are looking at it. There is a reason some mixing engineers are better than others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HakimCallier View Post
    That depends on how you are looking at it. There is a reason some mixing engineers are better than others.
    This would also have to involve other issues besides Db level. A good mixing engineer knows how to correctly PAN, EQ specific tracks that are too loud on lowend or too high on highend. He would know how compressors, gates, limiters all work. He should know how to Master EQ. All these things are suppose to be a given for mixing engineers.

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