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Old 2012-08-04, 22:46
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Personally I think you might find this a hard task, especially if the sounds used are percussive.... what you might be confusing the 4dB level with is apparent (aka RMS) volume, copared to peak volume (instantaneous, think front sound of a kick or snare as peak type, while a pad sound may be considered in the smae way as what RMS would be).

The only way you would keep sounds at a constant level would be to either compress the life out of the channel / sound, or ride the faders (you can CTRL-click a control or right click 'edit automation' on that specific control / fader) and manually control the levels by drawing in the automation. Automation can be copied in their own clips and repeated. Also depends on what audio content you have... if minimal you'll find it quite hard, plus you want to have some dynamics in there to make the loud poarts loud and the quiet parts quiet. To bring up the RMS you can try broad compression, but if you aim for a 'constant' 4dB on the output you will get tired quickly and may suffer from ear fatigue.

On one respect (purely theory) if all the levels were perfectly kept at 4dB, yes bussing all to the master fader would make life easier, but the feel and 'reality' of the sound would, to me, sound 'mushy' and 'fake', but again, I'm talking theory here

Ok.. simplify....
The big Meter at the top of the Rack, use this as your main guide, have set to 'peak' and VU mode, so you can see the loudest peak and where it hits, while looking at the view which tells you how loud the total content would appear to be

Peaks may hit quite high (up to digital 0dB if you like), but their apparent volume may not seem that loud because they are quick and the ear can't compare fast enough.

What I would do is watch this vid (posted it on another thread earlier) which may help you out. James from Freemasons is not using Reason in this, but you can adapt the same approach.

What style you producing / making?
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