How to Properly Adjust Monitor Level during Mixing

The Music Telegraph | Text 2020/01/03 [15:15]

How to Properly Adjust Monitor Level during Mixing

The Music Telegraph| 입력 : 2020/01/03 [15:15]

 

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How to Properly Adjust Monitor Level during Mixing

 

When mixing music, keep the monitor level as low as 9 o'clock direction (approximately 70 dB SPL). There are times when you want to listen to music loudly in the middle of mixing, which is a sign that your ears are starting to feel tired. When you start listening to music loudly, it is not easy to listen to the music again at a small volume because of the characteristics of the human ear. This is because the frequency discernment of sound in the Basilar membrane of the human ear takes a long time to return back to normal status. Always keep this in mind and allow the music to be heard loudly only for as short a time as possible. For reference, as the volume is lowered, the bass and treble are less likely to be heard, but the midtones are heard mainly; On the other hand, the louder the volume, the better the bass and treble.

 

 

Meanwhile, in the work of film music, mixing is performed at a reference level of 85 dB, which is regarded as a standard level in post production. You can check the overall tone of the music  with a large speaker for a while in the middle of the mixing work. In addition, large speakers enable to check damping factors in low frequency bands and popping sounds that occur frequently in vocals which are not heard in small speakers. When working on a genre of music that needs to emphasize relatively low frequencies such as hip-hop and dance music, large speakers are used to monitor the sounds at high volume.

 

 

In fact, a music that sounds rich and glossy on small speakers also sounds harmonious with the overall mixing balance even when listening to loud volumes with large speakers. As a result,  when mixing, you can adjust the monitor level to suit your tastes, but always make sure that the music you mix are heard what you intended on all types of speakers.

 

 

 

 

 

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