Mixing to Pink Noise and Managing Loudness

A detailed Mix Tutorial from the inventor on how to use Pink Noise as a reference to control levels

Gain Staging



I created this particular technique a decade ago when I was searching for a way to get my mixes in the ballpark area of gain staging and optimising the headroom. Here I share my technique with you.

I also wrote an article on this very subject for Sound On Sound magazine entitled Mixing to a Pink Noise Reference

Topics covered in this video are:

  • What are the various Noise Waveforms
  • Why Pink Noise
  • What are Average/RMS and Peak
  • Responses and Profiles
  • Gain-staging for Pink Noise Mixing
  • Channeling
  • Understanding RMS and Leveling
  • Low end Pink Noise
  • Practices and errors