Peak level for stereo tracks (vs mono)

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  1. Dr_Willie_OBGYN

    Dr_Willie_OBGYN Active Member

    Aug 24, 2005
    Pacific Palisades, CA
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    I'm just mixing down an audio track for a youtube video. What is the maximum db level for each L and R side of the file when normalizing it? It seems that with a mono track you can normalize a higher db.
  2. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Boulder, Colorado
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    I make the maximum peak -1dB true peak overall, without worrying which channel it is. For YouTube I make the level -14dBLUFS integrated.
  3. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    Boston, Massachusetts
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    I'll set a maximizer to brickwall at -0.3 to -0.5

    Im noticing more engineers saying they ignore lufs, but i have not experimented in that area yet.

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