• Xyzefiy
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    Joined: Apr 2nd, 2008
    How quiet is too quiet?
    Hi all, weve all heard about the noise wars and things being too loud. But I was wondering, is there a rule of thumb as to music being too quiet? I heard somewhere that there was a standard level of quietness that should not be breached in the film industry of -20 db. Is this so?
  • Rounik Admin
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    Joined: Dec 16th, 2006
    Re: How quiet is too quiet?
    Hi John, Long time no see! I've not heard of there being a 'too quiet' level of -20 for film... but it wouldn't surprise me. Generally speaking, -6dB is the "normal loud" level and -12 is the average for broadcast... this allows for certain dramatic sounds to grab the audience's attention! If you've got a particularly quiet film you could try importing the audio into Logic and see where the "anti-peak" is :) Would be interested to hear if anyone else knows of the -20dB quietness level? Rounik
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