With a Pan Law setting of -3dB I am playing a mono audio track (narration) through the master channel. I adjust the track’s level to reach a max. level indication of 'round -6dB on the master meter. The resulting bounce is correctly leveled to 'round max. -3dB - or said in other words: 3dB more than indicated - due to the Pan Law settings. Now here comes my question:
- I add a brick wall limiter to the master channel at -6dB, and the resulting bounced file shows max levels of -2dB (?)
- when pushing the audio track’s level even more, so that the playback almost continuously exceeds the -6db level, the bounced file shows a limited level at -2dB, however some peaks go up to -1dB… (?)
- when repeating the steps before with a sine wave sample file instead of the narration. the bounced files always show an exact level of -3dB as expected.
Is there a bug in the level metering system, or in the on board limiter? Why are the results so different? Am I doing something wrong with regard to understanding levels withing Cubase?
Thanks for your help and suggestions