Tarekith's Guide to Digital Audio Levels and Metering

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Tarekith's Guide to Digital Audio Levels and Metering

Post by Tarekith » Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:21 pm

This is version 2 of my leveling guide, basically a complete rewrite:

http://innerportalstudio.com/articles/D ... Levels.pdf
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Re: Tarekith's Guide to Digital Audio Levels and Metering

Post by TimothyBeach » Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:44 pm

thanks. happy to check it out!

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Post by rekloos » Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:08 pm

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Re: Tarekith's Guide to Digital Audio Levels and Metering

Post by shimmy » Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:30 pm

That was great reading.
Me thanks you.

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Post by DangerousDave » Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:58 am

Good stuff, thanks brutha. Wish I had cash to donate, but if youre ever on the east side of the state I will buy you a beer.
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Re: Tarekith's Guide to Digital Audio Levels and Metering

Post by timek » Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:35 pm

very cool, Thanks

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Re: Tarekith's Guide to Digital Audio Levels and Metering

Post by Nick Shepherd » Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:10 pm

quality as usual, thanks for the rewrite - very informative guide as allways :)

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Re: Tarekith's Guide to Digital Audio Levels and Metering

Post by Isturite- » Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:47 pm

i have read some of your other ones, like the one on Dynamics, and the other on Mixing

i must say, they was exactly what i was looking for... and props on your tutorial articles for that reason... i do a lot of reading on processing and compression and mixing... and too much of it is the same crap i hear every time, like a long dictionary definition of mixing rather than a tutorial with examples... we need more people like you!! So thanks for sharing man!
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Re: Tarekith's Guide to Digital Audio Levels and Metering

Post by Tarekith » Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:58 pm

Thanks everyone, glad you find them useful. Hopefully I can keep coming up with ideas for new ones :)

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Re: Tarekith's Guide to Digital Audio Levels and Metering

Post by beattorrent » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:42 am

first of all i would like to thank you for creating this guide, i also have a question on how to lower down the peak at freeG plugin because what i do is i clip the volumes of each track by -4.00 on clip volume control of Ableton and then check the RMS/Peak on FreeG plugin and i make sure that the peak is around -9.00 and the RMS should be -18.00 but i have certain tracks that peaks at -11.00 and the RMS is -18.00, now my question is how can i lower down the peak to -9.00 just like the other tracks? so that they would all sit on the same volume when i play them on live, what i've done so far is i've adjusted the clip volume with different values but i still couldn't lower it down, if the peak goes to -9.00 after adjustment then my RMS value also changes to -16.00. Thanks

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Re: Tarekith's Guide to Digital Audio Levels and Metering

Post by Tarekith » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:46 am

Why do you want to put them all at -9?

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Re: Tarekith's Guide to Digital Audio Levels and Metering

Post by beattorrent » Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:01 am

because i think that its the right range where its not going to clip, actually my main goal is just to set all the volumes at the same level, here are the steps that i've done so far:

1. loaded all my clip packs on a live set
2. selected them all and then set the clip gain to -4.00
3. added utility on master track and set it to -3.00
3. dragged the freeG plugin on each tracks channel and set it to -3.00
4. started playback of one of the clips and the reading on freeG plugin (peak: around -9.00 / RMS: around -18.00) and it doesn't clip on the master and sounds good in my own opinion thats why I'm using that standard as the volume for all my clips to make them sound all the same

if you think that there is something wrong with my method please let me know so i can fix it, im just a noob and have been doing this for about a week now so i think asking for help here is the other option that i have, mp3gain doesn't do the job and while searching for other solutions i found your guide very helpful =)

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Re: Tarekith's Guide to Digital Audio Levels and Metering

Post by j hubez » Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:49 am

oh man i can tell this was a great resource from everyone's comments, but the link doesn't work anymore. any chance of a repost? :)

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Re: Tarekith's Guide to Digital Audio Levels and Metering

Post by Tarekith » Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:57 am

All my guides are here now, including that one:

http://innerportalstudio.com/guides/

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