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YouTube audio normalization after mixing in premiere

Explorer ,
Dec 12, 2022 Dec 12, 2022

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Hey guys, 

 

I was told a good mix for YouTube would be around -12DB and -6DB because YouTube normalizes the whole mix anyway? but if I want say an SFX effect like a whoosh around -18 in my mix and it sounds good in premiere but in YouTube it's much louder and not as a subtle, so I tend to export and test thousands of times and I end up putting some of the SFX -30DB for it to sound right on YouTube, is there any easy way to go about this? 

 

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I've talked with a number of the folks on the Audition forum and others I know about this. And was told, essentially, that to be sure what was going on I needed to step up my listening system.

 

So ... I finally got a pair of powered studio drivers, the Eris EX5T, along with a small output device, the  Focusrite Scarlet Solo ... I'd been using a very decent stereo receiver/speaker system, but was told that this way I'd get a more "honest" sound.

 

And to both listen to this, and a good pair of open-back pro headphones. You hear different issues on each, this supposedly helps get all the gritches. Well, I had a pretty decent Akai headphone setup, just ... needed to actually use it.

 

Well ...  getting the powered studio speakesrs made a huge diffference in what I caught. I record tutorials for various places, and had been getting return comments from The Boss that they often had to clean out low-level noise and whatnot before uploading to their service. I couldn't hear what they were talking about.

 

But on the Eris powered setup, well ... gee ... there it was, big as day. And once I knew what to 'hear', it was there, but very low-level on the headphones.

 

I mix with a 'rack' of audio from gate/compressor/eq/limiter so that my absolute top signals are -6dB, from watching the meters while playing, my general voice is -12dB average. Noise gate around -28dB, compression 3:1 above 12dB.

 

You have to watch for transients ... quick spikes ... as those can occasionally pop in. You may need to use a track compressor on that track that's giving you troubles.

 

It just takes some asking around, reading up, and messing with things until you get something that works for you.

 

Neil

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