question about mixdown

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  1. AlienWeapon

    AlienWeapon Member

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    At the moment a track of mine is mixed to about -2db, is this too high? or too low? or does it not matter? obviously im not clipping but im wondering how much room is it best to leave?
     
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    If you ask any audio engineer, it's possible he'll answer: between -3bd and -6db, to leave enough headroom for the mastering stage.

    I always aim my mix to hit the -6db mark.
     
  3. AlienWeapon

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    Ok, I'm gonna aim for somewhere between. Now to adjust everything again lol.

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    You should only leave -6db headroom if you're actually gonna send it off to get mastered, seems pretty pointless otherwise.
     
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    most mastering studios ask for -3, I usually mix to that, but I leave the ultimate mix till the very very end, a lot of people choose to mix as they go.
     
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  7. AlienWeapon

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    Cool, il shoot for -3

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  8. Interruptor

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    This.
     
  9. Kopacetic

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    I usually have it between -6 and -8 db after mixing. Then for mastering, I would try to bring it up to -1 db.
     
  10. RUSSLA

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    Wut? Home masters should be 0db for sure? not like it makes any difference but still
     
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    Its actually 0.1 its a safe zone. Some people keep it at 0.2, 0.3. I keep mine at 0.2.
     
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    RUSSLA DNBF Monarch

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    I really don't think that's true. Most dubs ive ever got are literally sitting bang on 0db, as are every released track.
     
  13. Lunos

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    As far as im aware (and having spoken to a couple of top mastering engineers), the method of setting your limiter ceiling to -0.1 or -0.2 is to ensure that there is no overshoot and nothing will go passed this level.
     
  14. Mania

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    Im pretty sure 0.3 of headroom is recommended for the master because it reduces the effects of file compression for commercial digital copies. I researched on how to get a good sound out of soundcloud (which compresses all files to 128kb/s mp3), and found out that 0.5-0.2 db's of headroom will reduce the aliasing effect from heavy file compression.
     
  15. Interruptor

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    Setting limiter to 0 is clipping. I usually go -0,4 for me theres almost no audible change in -0,2 or so.
     
  16. RUSSLA

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    Is the for mix down or how they release stuff? If that was how they release stuff then wouldnt tracks read 0.1/2 in my daw not 0? I'm genuinely interested btw, ive never had anything mastered (y)
     
  17. Kopacetic

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    Well, I leave it at -1 db because some digital publishers, like iTunes if I ever release music through them, would add an extra db for mastering purposes, or something like that.