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Grant McKean
Using the Digital ppms's in smoke
on Mar 12, 2009 at 1:56:45 pm

HI All

I'd like to set audio to broadcast levels inside Smoke.

Traditionally I am used to using analogue PPM's, with 6 being the upper limit for audio volume (in the UK at least)

I think that 6 on the ppms's is the same as -10db on Smokes volume meter......

however when I play some mastered audio (that I assume to be correct) thru smoke it seems to regiter at about -6db....meaning that either the audio 's too loud or my figures are wrong!...

Any budding boffins out there willing to hazard a guess?



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Del Holford
Re: Using the Digital ppms's in smoke
on Mar 20, 2009 at 3:30:16 pm

In the digital world 0 is the top end, as you know. From what I've seen -6 on peaks is as high as most audio levels go, so I assume the mixers use that default to allow the occasional excursion to 0. On smoke the meter moves from green to yellow at -12 and that's where I mix my program(me)levels. When outputting to legacy BetacamSP (not very often anymore) my levels on the VCR meters peak about +4 - +6 above zero. Thus, averaging -12 and peaking -6 on digital would be fairly standard for broadcast in the states, at least on PBS stations. HTH

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