After so many years I’m still a total noob when it comes to mixing and getting my tracks to sound right.
I’ve always been trying hard to keep my tracks from peaking (exceeding 0db) on master, but I’ve started wondering if that really is important? Can I just not care about that as long as it still sounds good or is it important to keep under 0db?
Okey, so lesson learned from that is stay below 0db. Damnit
That would work as a limiter and turn down volume on the other tracks if modulation on a vsti f.ex suddenly “peaks” right? I’ve tried with limiters on master before, but when stuff isn’t properly mixed already that can have some very nasty effects on everything.
Something that’s helped me on the “only samples”-track i mentioned earlier here, has been to throw in an EQ10 on various sounds and use the cut resonance-preset… Seems there’s often too much resonance in the sounds i choose, or at least when they get mixed together they peak like crazy because of resonance. Well. Getting closer to figuring it out
I usually put a maximimizer with the “master limit fast” preset on the master track; that one limits everything to -0.2 db and clipping is history…
BUT it doesn’t prevent distortion or some other “annoying” effects and, as you mentioned, this limiting might turn your whole mix up-side-down, so you have to adjust the track volumes.
I also use EQ’s and Filter on -every- track. Filtering allows you to cut those resonances and to clean up the sound esp. when using samples. Not that I’m a mastering pro (actually I suck… ); but those are the hints i’ve been given all the time and I think i’m getting closer to it…
well, just play around and trust you ears…
someone told me… it’s ‘better’ to put limiters on individual tracks as the limiters don’t have to work so hard that way so you keep a more transparent sound… and it give’s you more control of the overall mix. same with compressors… spread the load…etc… btw, sometimes it helps to do compressor > limiter > compressor , that will reduce the peaks and the last compressor can be used to make up the gain volume again. so … if you limit the peaks you can get a louder overall sound…without clipping. also… maybe you just need to turn everything down a bit ? but that kinda depends on the kind of music.
When adjusting my mix, I often use a Maximizer on the master (sometimes with a few max’d gainers in front) set to extreme settings to get an idea of what my song may sound like when played extremely loud, or through bad speakers. I use it to adjust levels to make certain instruments poke through more, so the ear can actually make them out. Then, when I’m all done, I remove the Maximizer and voila: perfectly mixed track!
Granted, I often need to adjust some things at that point, but it really does take a lot of the guesswork out of mixing.
Compression Eq Compression or Compression Distortion Compression I do quite often, sometimes with limiters for their sound, but never bothered cascading purely compressors. Suppose some do have particular sounds though.
And it is mixing if it’s on individual tracks, not on the master.