Optical Masterclass Basic Mixing Rules question

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  1. Bokusound

    Bokusound New Member

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    Can someone please explain to me what he meant by his basic mixing rules:

    -6 db max peak level of any track for NO digital distortion
    -18db rms or average level of any track for NO dynamic distortion

    Does he mean any track as in the trck as a whole or any track as in any channel, kick, sn ect? I went into one of my recent projects and I am way over on all channels (most faders roughly in the middle not much higher), my master is always set to -3db and I have heaps of headroom and nothing is hitting red. should I still be bringing everything right down down down? Or does he mean the master > know what im talking about?>:taz:
     
  2. smoothassilk

    smoothassilk Active Member

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    -6db is where the master should be at the loudest point in the track, according to optical.

    RMS is something completely different, it's the average loudness.

    This sounds like a starting point before beginning to mix, obviously when you have finished all mixing and mastering the peak level will be 0db.
     
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  3. Mania

    Mania i fukin wot m8

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    He did say a lot of weird and nonstandard stuff in that vid. Dynamic distortion isnt a thing, not sure where he go that idea from, especially since i usually get more than -15rms before any bus or master or loudness processing, and thats with my mix peaking at -6dbfs.
    Also, when he gets rid of vertical lines in his waveforms, if you know how speakers work you'd know that's completely pointless.
     
  4. VOIR

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    I think by dynamic distortion he meant loss of frequency spectrum (high end) due to over-compression of sound. but yeah i've never heard that term before either.