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Author Topic: hard limiting at -1DB on a stereo WAV??  (Read 719 times)

trock

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hard limiting at -1DB on a stereo WAV??
« on: January 04, 2006, 08:06:12 pm »

Hi All

I have now been doing some mix down;s to stereo wav files in SAW of my first couple of songs to take them around to hear them

that being said i have been using Tracks-24 for a bit to just tweak my mix. Tracks is a software mastering suite that is what i could afford and is fun for me to use. i, of course, don;t pretend to be any type of ME

anyway when i drop my WAV file in it it runs to about -8 to -4 or so depending on the song. when i set the hard limiter to -1DB it of course cranks and gets much louder. my question is this

am i just falling into the loudness wars thing by cranking it that high? what level should i limit the song too?? what is the standard most use??

tracks runs the signal thru an EQ ->limiter ->comp

but i am just wondering about the limiter, and any comp setting to try would be great, eq i leave to my ears at this point

thanks!
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natpub

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Re: hard limiting at -1DB on a stereo WAV??
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2006, 09:38:57 pm »

Just look at your resulting wav file waveforms. If the tops and bottoms are heavily flattened off, you have joined the volume wars. Here are some pics that show it very clearly:


http://www.mindspring.com/~mrichter/dynamics/dynamics.htm




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Kurt Thompson
Vibrational Arts, Inc.
Blue Skyway Music
Sonic Sorcery Studios
Austin,TX/Columbus,OH
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