Levels: Turn Down for What?

Volume meters on a Mixer.

Volume meters on a Mixer.

You’ve probably just read my basic guide to compression and you’re thinking to yourself, “Geez, this stuff is really hard.” Relax, because when it comes to levels, it’s as simple as A, B, C. Levels is simply the term that is used by audio people to refer to the volume of each individual track. It does take a trained ear to know where each instrument should sit in the mix, but I’d say the majority of people can tell when something is too loud or too quiet. I wish there was more I could talk about on this topic but it really is just that easy. Turn the meter up if you want it louder, and vice versa.

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