Can someone give me a brief explanation of the recommended loudness values for a simple mixdown (for a amateur music CD or MP3’s)? I’ve had a good read of the manual and got a bit confused with how the broadcast scale standards and Alignment level standards etc etc relate to making a simple CD recording. (After a bit of googling I have a vague grasp n the terminology).
All I want is a simple ‘baseline’ idea of what I should be aiming for. So far, I’ve just been using Control Room Meter, set on Digital Scale and just keeping the peak about -2dB. I’m not even sure where I got the idea to aim for that!
I read (in the manual) that ‘The recommended value for the integrated loudness is -23 LUFS’, but if I work on that value, the Digital Scale value is about -12dB, and obviously significant quieter. Also, I don’t know if that is referring to home stereo volumes, TV, Radio or Film scoring volumes (or anything in between!).
I’m assuming audio devices (home stereos, mp3 players etc) have been designed go handle a certain level of input dB - I just want to make sure I am working wisely within those parameters, without having my songs significantly quieter than something I’d download off of iTunes.