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Göran ThorénRef tone lower than expected.
by on Feb 15, 2013 at 9:34:36 am

When I generate a tone in audition at 0dB (or any other lever)and bring it into a multitrack track, the level is always 3dB lower. If I double click the same file in the mutitrack to view it in the Waveform the level is as expected.

Any ideas?

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Durin GleavesRe: Ref tone lower than expected.
by on Feb 21, 2013 at 10:44:21 pm

By default, the Multitrack signal chain adopts a -3dB dip in the center of a stereo mix due to Pan Law. You can find out more about Pan Law at but in essence, it ensures a consistent level as a signal pans from left-to-right, or vice versa. Otherwise, when a signal is panned toward the center, it will grow louder.

You can disable this behavior by opening Preferences > Multitrack and changing the "Panning Mode" preference to Left/Right Cut (Logarithmic) or adjust the level as desired.

Durin Gleaves
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