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do you judge/ set up compression at a different monitor spl than your eq volume?
Old 2nd February 2009
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do you judge/ set up compression at a different monitor spl than your eq volume?

or not? heh


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Not particularly - I tend to listen and adjust at various levels (but always keeping in mind where I am in relation to "home").
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I work at around the same level most of the time with minor adjustments from time to time to keep the ears fresh. Same as John, I guess.

With regards to your question, I sometimes do a radical -20dB dim on the monitor controller to re-evaluate compression because I find pumping a tad more obvious, more "detached" at lower levels.
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I listen to the bulk of my work at 83dB. I also listen to the master in mono and also on headphones. Once and a while, I pull down the volume to as low as 70dB because that's where most people will be listening to it. I also sometimes turn off my subwoofer. But really, I spend 90% of my time working at 83dB regardless of what stage in the job I am.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wado1942 ➑️
I listen to the bulk of my work at 83dB.
I hope that it's not pop/rock mastering at current levels you do at 83 dB calib point
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Can't say I listen compression at any different level, but for checking out high end balance and various sources of distortion, it works for me to dim the speakers way low. Also, if you're assembling an album with very different kinds of tracks, tweaking the song levels at a tiny volume can at least get you to the ball park.
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Well i must say that on setting the attack and release times, i often raise the monitor level for a short while so i can actually 'feel' what they do for the punch / tightness.

Just as well, as others mention, i tend to double-check the amount of compression (pumping) on soft monitor levels.
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