Know Your Meters Part 4 of 5: K-Meters

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Today I am going to talk to you about the K-metering system.

These are the meters I use the most because I find them very useful. For mixing and for mastering, and also i find it easier to integrate analog and digital with them.

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Let’s do it….

In the K-Metering systems, there are 3 meters called K-Meters.

And they are the K-20, K-14, and K-12.

K-20 is the one which allows the most dynamic range, and then increasing the number the dynamic range will decrease.

This type meter is very cool because if you think about the normal Peak Meter. The 0 which is digital clipping is placed on the top and the sweet spot you should record at which is -20. Especially if you are integrating analog equipment is very low on the meter.

And instinct for most people me included in the past is just that the meters need to be filled up. Creating a lot of problems later.

Let’s take the K-20 meter, the 0 is just shifted to replace -20dBfs so basically our target level is 0 like in a VU meter and it’s not very low in the meter. In my opinion with the meters that fill up in this

In my opinion with the meters that fill up in this manner, you can have better resolution and more precise reading.


Let’s make a test…

Now I will run a sine tone at 1kHz at -20dB and let’s see if it hits zero, to confirm that in the k-20 meter the 0 is equivalent to -20dBfs.

What do the K-Meters measure?

Easy the K meters measure peak and average levels in one meter (in ProTools it will show you the peaks so that in one shot we know averages and the maximum peaks.

Where can you use it?

I use the k-20 meter for mixing on the master and I will mix in such a way that the mix average level is hanging around 0 (which is -20). I tend to use it also when I am integrating analog and digital and when I record let’s say trough an analog board, I tend to want all the signals peaking at 0 with occasional peaks over 0. So that I am not recording too hot. I like to use them as VU meters.

I tend to use it also when I am integrating analog and digital and when I record let’s say trough an analog board, I tend to want all the signals peaking at 0 with occasional peaks over 0. So that I am not recording too hot. I like to use them as VU meters.

So that I am not recording too hot. I like to use them as VU meters.

For mastering, I like to use the K-14 meter and get my average at 0. Which this time is -14dBfs and keer the average hanging there for most of the song, so that I know I am not squashing the life of my mix.

There are a lot of ways to use the K-meters and it’s the meter that I use the most nowadays.

That’s all for this meter, stick around for the next video I will be talking about the phase correlation meter.


That’s it for today

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