I have a Final Cut Pro system and I'd like some advice on how to calibrate the audio output. I use a Decklink Multibridge Pro and a Phase3 VP-2 Extended range PPM/VU meter to check levels.
When I lay bars and tone into a timeline in FCP, it's automatically set to -12dB (on FCP's digital scale). If I dump that onto a tape or export a quicktime movie and take it to the sound studio we use for recording/mixing, they say the bars are 8dB too 'hot'. They ask that I set my bars to -20dB in FCP, and adjust my program levels so that they never go above -8 dB (digital).
I'd like to know how I should calibrate my Phase3 PPM/VU meter. My audio engineer guy suggested that I play back a -20dB tone from my timeline and adjust the input volume on my PPM meter (I use my meter in PPM mode) to zero dB.
When I do that, everything in the program seems hot according to the PPM meter.. I'm not very experienced with analog vs. digital sound and I'm wondering if I should adjust my PPM meter to -20dB like the tone in my FCP timeline. But isn't that mixing/matching analogue and digital levels?