I am using Vegas pro (for personal use, mainly Holiday movie editing) I like to edit in 5.0 surround, however I am struggling with the levels.
In the living room we have a surround setup with all "full range" speakers. Level, phase and frequency adjustment done by the receiver with a mic at the listening position. When watching BD or DVD movies it sounds "balanced".
For editing I use a setup 4 identical full range speakers and one center speaker. Since the receiver used there, does not support level adjustment on its multichannel analog input, I used a sound level meter to adjust the levels. When using pink noise, level at the listening position for front and rear are comparable (within ~ 2dB)
When I edit a movie, and pan the sound primarily to the front (based on listening) and I play the movie in the living room, then the rear speakers sounds much louder (and the sound appears to come from the back instead of front).
Based on this experience, I created a test movie in Vegas using pink noise. (Level adjustment in the Vegas surround mixer, 0dB for all channels, during playback the level meters in Vegas show identical levels for front and rear)
For a first test, I took my sound level meter and switched on the test tone of the receiver. At the listening position front and rear level within approx. 2dB.
Then played back the movie created in Vegas, rear level more than 6dB higher than front (both the dB meter show, but it's audible as well)
Does somebody has any idea what I am looking ate here, why there seem to be such a big difference between front and rear ?
Thanks for any info/experience related to this.