Moroccomoose wrote:I think the point that is being missed is that the standard does not require anyone to mix at 85dB. Nor is the standard suggesting what level a song is mixed at. It is simply saying that in two different rooms calibrated to the same standard, the loudness of the track should should be the same.
The standard does not say you can't turn down the master fader or monitor controller while you mix. It just says that when you turn it up again to the reference level, it will be the same volume in that 2nd equally calibrated room.
So those with sensitive ears could set the monitor controller to full to do the calibration thus preventing any chance of going louder (assuming sensible gain structure rules are adhered)
Or, following the SOS article advice, set the monitor controller half to three quarters to perform the calibration so you have headroom if you wish to scrutinise low volume artifacts.
For general mixing duties, the standard does not suggest you can't turn the volume down. It simply means if you turn the volume knob to the point where you calibrated, it will be the same loudness as in a similarly calibrated system also at its calibrated volume. You can turn monitor controller down in that 2nd room too if you like, but it is still calibrated.
Or to put it another way, for any given electrical signal input to the speakers, the two systems will have the same perceived loudness.
I'm happy to be corrected, but that is my understanding of speaker calibration.
You may be right.
But that is not the way many 'experts' tell people they have to do it usually referencing some standard.
And the way many others claim they do it.