Mixdown levels for various purposes

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Hello guys,

I looked through the stickies and didn't find a great answer to this. So when mixing down for sending tunes to labels what level should you be at? I've heard anywhere from -2db to -6db. I've heard that it is ok to do a quick master job yourself and that it is better to have nothing on the master channel.

Also, let's say you're uploading a tune to soundcloud to get feedback and potentially send to label owners, would you try to have a louder mix or stick with a -6db mixdown?

Can any label owners or producers experienced with a variety of labels clarify for me?

Thanks
 

RUSSLA

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For label purposes it doesn't really matter as long as the mixdown is the best you can do, just do a cheeky home master and that'll be fine.
 
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