[Ardour-Users] Peak levels on master bus vs single track

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Wed Mar 1 13:00:16 PST 2017

By default, the master bus doesn't use a peak meter. It is measuring RMS
with a K meter (right now I forget if it is a K20 or K14). So you cannot
interpret the values in the same way. K meters are more appropriate on the
master out than a peak meter.


On Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 9:47 PM, Alf Haakon Pietruszka Lund <
alf at mellomrommet.no> wrote:

> I just finished a project in Ardour 4.7.0 on Ubuntu Studio 14.04
> There are several regions in many tracks, some of them overlapping in
> time, most of them not.
> On most of the tracks I used a compressor and a limiter (both from calf)
> to avoid peaks and potential clipping. I set the limiter's output gain to
> minus 2.2 dB.
> As expected, when focused on one of the tracks, the meter doesn't pass
> -2.2 dB.
> However, when focused on the master bus, the meter 'clips' and peaks at
> +0.9 dB.
> Why is this? Will it affect export and normalizing of the project? If yes,
> how?
> Thankful for any and all input,
> Al F
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