This might sound like a question that has been asked here before but I think it’s a bit different. I’m not asking why my mixdown isn’t as loud as the music coming from the Scion next to me at a stop light or why my bass isn’t as loud as Skrillex’s. I’m comparing the bounced track with it’s source inside Cubase. No external playing software or hardware.
I have an audio track which I have added EQ and a send effect Reverb. I bounce it and import it into a new track. I can tell just by looking at the wave that it’ll be lower, which it is. Playing the two back, it is very obvious that the new track, although it has the reverb and EQ already in it, is much lower. The two tracks are both set to -6.15 while the output volume is -22.0 on the source, and -28.7 on the bounced track.
Why is this and how can I avoid it?? Shouldn’t it be the same volume? I know I can obviously adjust the new volume higher than -6.15 on the bounced track, but that’s a crappy workaround and it sucks to have to mix a sound twice. Not a very efficient way of working.