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Relative levels of 1.0 and 2.0 audio tracks

I want to author a DVD with 2 Dolby Digital audio tracks. One is 1.0 mono, the other is 2.0 surround. I want to be able to switch between the two without sudden jumps in loudness.

Now I understand the basics of setting dialnorm so that dialogue is decoded at approximately equal levels. However, I don't know if the music/effects will sound quieter on the mono track because they are being represented by one channel instead of 2. In this case, should I ignore the dialogue level measurement and set dialnorm some other way? Is there any guidance on this anywhere, or I should I just encode test discs and set the relative levels by trial and error?

Relative levels of 1.0 and 2.0 audio tracks

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Stereo will only be louder than mono if you will be playing the stereo with two speakers but the mono with only one. I assume your mono will be played back through both speakers in which case they will be the same level so just use normal dialnorm.

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