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Average and peak levels for music for Film Logo Animation?

Discussion in 'Post Production & Mixing Discussion' started by adamirizarry, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. adamirizarry

    adamirizarry New Member

    Hello all.

    I'm a composer with very limited experience (just a few films under my belt), and I'm doing my first score for an animated film company logo to be played at the beginning of all of their productions.

    Can anyone make a suggestion about the approximate average and peak levels that would be appropriate for this? The content is music with incorporated sound design, which is scoring the animated logo for the film company that would play in the theater before the film begins, so there is no dialog to be concerned with. I also have a shorter TV version- so one theatrical logo and one TV logo. I'm delivering this to a small start up film company, and I doubt they have the budget for a music editor. I would like to deliver files that are close to correct spec-wise so the video editor doesn't need to make major adjustments, but am I correct in assuming that this particular kind of content might best have slightly higher levels than normal background music in a film? For instance, would it be OK for my peaks to go past -12db in this case, perhaps even to around -5db or -4db, or is that excessive?

    Or is it still best to simply ensure my [unfortunately small, boxy] room is calibrated to -79db and "use my ears"?

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have. :)
     
  2. lumcas

    lumcas Senior Member

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    This is such a broad topic, oh man, but just for now....

    http://www.pro-tools-expert.com/home-page/2017/6/21/loudness-and-dynamics-in-cinema-sound

    https://www.gearslutz.com/board/post-production-forum/107770-film-broadcast-levels.html

    http://duc.avid.com/showthread.php?t=321916

    http://duc.avid.com/showthread.php?t=300904

    I'm sure you'll come across many more:)

    Will your sound logo be used on its own or as a part of a longer program? If the latter is the case and I presume it is, then the mixer will adjust the level accordingly.

    And don't worry about it too much, it will always be way off then the rest....:)
     
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