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If you boost a channel of any normal multichannel mix +6dB, you're going to completely blast the volume of that channel. That isn't a small amount. The fact that you can do that and still listen to it without flinching is proof that the channel is low. If you aren't afraid to fine tune your settings, just try it and see if you like it better that way. If not, feel free to listen to it at whatever calibration you prefer. There is no absolute one size fits all setting. Only God is perfect. Engineers make mistakes, and calibration for mixing and playing back multichannel isn't as well controlled as two channel, both in studios and especially in homes. In fact, I think a lot of people depend on automatic EQ devices built into receivers too much. Those get you into the ballpark, but if you want to get a perfect sound field, you need to make the effort to learn how to adjust and fine tune your sound manually. Every mix is different and every listening room is different.
That said, the multichannel mixes for the Talking Heads albums were supervised by Jerry Harrison, and they emphasize the rhythm parts and mix down Byrne's vocals considerably compared to the original albums. Boosting the center may not work the same on the other albums. Just listen with your brain turned on and experiment if balances don't seem quite right or if the sound appears to be clinging to the walls.
Last edited by sworth; 05-15-2019 at 01:07 PM.