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Old 11-10-2010, 04:05 PM   #65
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Originally Posted by kelp View Post
...I feel like I'm searching for a rule to be applied to all tracks regardless of content. Is that realistic? Getting them to 0 on a VU meter isn't the answer because...
Shooting for max peak levels of -10dBFS (digital) is probably safe for most things.

Of course, everything always comes back to "if it sounds good, it is good" and vice-versa. VU-style metering can make it a little easier to focus on a "target" range, since peaks can be wild and jumpy, and since an occasional instantaneous over on a loud drum hit or whatever probably isn't going to wreck your track. In that case, -20 or -24 AVERAGE will usually produce peaks of around -10dBFS, so it's kinda six/half-a-dozen.
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