#1
Not really sure what to title this thread. But basically what I'm asking is that for my final recording mixes, what is the usual level of volume for mp3s?

I always seem to have this problem at the end, sometimes they come out too loud/soft, or sometimes they sound really good! I use Acoustica Mixcraft 4 btw.

I was thinking keeping all the tracks in my recording just below the red volume levels but that sounds really loud when I listen to the playback of the recording. Will that change when converted to MP3?

Any tips would be great! Thanks.
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#2
Do you have a limiting plugin (or better yet a mastering one)? If you do, apply that to the stereo mastered track. The loudest points should be at 0db...and a little bit of compression for consistency (use your ears as a guide).
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#3
Any recommendations for a mastering or limiting plugin?
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#4
i usually just use a small bit of hard limiting at the end of it all.

nothing peaks over 0 and everything gets boosted a bit. maybe 3 DB or more depending how much i can boost before it starts to sound like its breathing or getting squashed.

your levels should be fairly consistent before you hard limit tho.
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#6
For audio you should be at 0db
For video production and broadcasting the level is normally turned down to -12db

Compressors and hard limiters should boost your overall volume and even out the spikes, usually from drums.

I use Boost11 and LP-64 Multiband linear phase mastering compressor/limiter.
Both which came with Sonar 7 however these days you can use mastering software which is fair in price such as These