what level should sub bass peak at on average?

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basically just finished a mixdown and ive realised my sub bass is taking up allot of headroom.

im just trying to figure out what sorta level on average sub bass should peak at so i can figure if ive got mine right or not

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RUSSLA

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#2
Pretty sure with anything there isnt a given but if i get stuck i just listen to a similar style fully mastered track and see what the levels are like. Probably a better way tho
 
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I've read a lot of different things from different people.

Some say that the bass can go over the -10db line (on the IXL freq analyzer)

Others say a 1-2 DB below the kick drum.

My advice would be to listen to how the sub sounds on a big system that can go all the way down to the 40hz range. Or just use a freq analyzer and compare to noisia tunes or whatever. Skrillex has nice sub levels too on the Scatta tune.
 
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I personaly found the ideal peak DB of sub bass to be exactly 3db higher than kick drum when high energetic dancefloor tune is being made.



but I was in studio with one of world wide famous jump up dnb producent and he had digitaly emulated analog type distortion on sub bass that was -3db and kick that was hitting that 0db edge even when put down by 8 db,.... and it sounded incredibely fat
 
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depends on the tune and what i think sounds good in the overall mix. when i first start workings on the sub tho i usually stick on a compressor that will keep it at -10 db, this will probably change as the song progresses tho. i always find -10 is pretty loud tho, kinda dance floor level maybe.

if your subs taking up a lot of head room then just turn it down :p although if that sacrifices the power you need from it then side chainings always an option.
 

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kinda of basic outline for my mixdowns, and it seems to work ok for me is have the drums hit at around -10db and the sub, depending on the context 1 to 2 db below that
 
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