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Nomalizing before or after main mixdown
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:54 am    Post subject: Nomalizing before or after main mixdown Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hello,
Does anyone have tips on where to use normalizing in the mixing process? For my last album I normalized the final mixdown. Should I do this to each individual track before I mix them into the main track? Thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Normal procedure is recording each track/channel so that the main beef is around -18 to -15 dB. Peaks are fine though.. we are talking the main body of the signal here. Main premaster mixdown is normally the same level, but some will be making the signal a bit denser at this stage and it is not unusal to see mixes with the main beef upped to say -12 to -8. This is a bit hot and usually means you have been compressing stuff you should have left alone. Your mastering engineer will do the normalizing later on anyway.
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