Re: Question re: levels in digital audio

Subject: Re: Question re: levels in digital audio
From: Kevin Austin (
Date: Wed Oct 19 2005 - 23:54:45 EDT

It will depend whether the signal is acoustic (and uncompressed /
unlimited) or electronic.

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At 19:26 -0700 2005/10/19, Phil Thomson wrote:
>Hi all,
>I should probably know this, but I have a question about levels in
>digital audio. In my own work, I've always normalized my digital audio
>stuff to 0 dB or similar levels, and have never had any problem with
>distortion or clipping while running my levels at close to 0 dB, but
>lately I've been hearing that -12 dB is the maximum level that you
>should shoot for, because clipping is introduced at even -6 or -8 dB.
>Is this only true of DAT or DV, or is it the case for digital audio
>across the board? I've *never* heard any clipping in my own work (on
>the computer), but the video folks I'm hanging with now claim that -12
>dB is the new 0 dB. What's up?
>Phil Thomson, BFA, MFA

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