what level should sub bass peak at on average?

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  1. Arfeds

    Arfeds Member

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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

    cheers
     
  2. RUSSLA

    RUSSLA DNBF Monarch

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    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
     
  3. druu

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    Just turn the level down :)
     
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    -10 from what i've been told...
     
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    all relative to the other levels ;)
     
  6. subprime

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    Then would it be same level as the kick you reckon, as a reference point?
     
  7. absolutionx

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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.
     
  8. coolest stories

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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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  9. elmaruk

    elmaruk slannndaaaaaaar

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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.
     
  10. HyperonDnb

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    i usually peak sub at -6db to -8db works for me but depends all relative to the levels in your mixdown.
     
  11. Labrat

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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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