Re: Question re: levels in digital audio


Subject: Re: Question re: levels in digital audio
From: Andrew Czink (aczink@telus.net)
Date: Thu Oct 20 2005 - 10:40:55 EDT


    Good point from louis about getting levels right in the first place.
Normalization isn't ideal and should ideally only be done as the last stage
in mastering.

    Andrew

On 10/19/05 8:58 PM, "Louis Dufort" <siuol@sympatico.ca> wrote:

> Don't ever believe video guys ;-)
>
> -12 dB (digital audio) = 0dBVU in the analog world. But "au contraire" in
> digital audio you want to use all those bits to gain more resolution of your
> signal, so from -12 to 0 dB is perfect in the digital world. Where in
> analog, from 0 to +6 dB may give some saturation and eventually clipping.
>
> So basically it's all the way around.
>
> BTW, you should try to always record your digital audio as much near
> possible the 0 dB to avoid any normalization. The more you leave your file
> alone (no dsp) the best result you have.
>
> cheers
>
> louis
>
>
> le 10/19/05 10:26 PM, Phil Thomson à hellomynameisphil@gmail.com a écrit :
>
>> 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?
>>
>> PT
>>
>> --
>> Phil Thomson, BFA, MFA
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