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Old 16th February 2010 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Sword in Hand ➡️
Thank you all for chiming in and so quickly, I love this forum. I will definitely check out Audioleak. So Dialnorm is essentially an averaged level over a long period of time, biased toward dialogue?
Almost. The bias towards dialogue didn't become a factor until Dolby created "Dialogue Intelligence". That Algorithm essentially only uses portions of the program with dialogue in its running average of loudness. The idea is that since humans are most attuned to speech, the average dialogue level is what should be focused on. Some network's specs refer to a Dialnorm value with "Dialogue Intelligence" since most TV programming has dialogue. A program without dialogue can still be measured to have a Dialnorm value, but not with the "Dialogue Intelligence" setting on the LM100.

Does the Waves PAZ meter have an LAeq setting? Or something that will be close / work?

Basically, I would run my audio through a meter with LAeq and it would give me an average number, that number would be my dialnorm, correct? If so, then I'm looking for an average, according to my specs, of -24 right? The -12 must be for a brickwall limiter, like Dallas mentioned. In the end I want to be technically accurate, and I would like to have the commercial be in the same average loudness as any national spot. I always notice local commercials being way too loud or way too quiet, that always bugs me.

Well let me know if I'm on the right track.

Thanks again.
I don't know about the PAZ but otherwise you have it right. Be aware that few people pay attention to the specs yet with regards to commercials. I just had a client tell me that their spot sounded low compared to the surrounding spots and I had mixed this spot to -23.

I think most commercials are in the -22 to -18 range, but that's just a guess.