#1
So I record with garageband. I just finished recording the music for a rap rock song that me and a couple of friends are doing, and I want to make the mix as a whole louder but how do I do this without clipping? (I realize this may be a noobish question but oh well )
#2
compress the **** out of it. if all you care about is loudness.
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#3
Quote by joshpasson
compress the **** out of it. if all you care about is loudness.


any recommended compression settings? Right now I have the threshold at -10dB, ratio at 3:1, the attack at 0ms and decay at 20ms but that still causes it to clip too much for my liking.
#5
with compression, with dealing with loudness, i got my compressor set at 8:1, fast attack, fast release, threshold at -10dB
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#6
just know that overcompression can make your audio sound diminished, while the actual output is quite high.
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#7
Get an analyzer and find all the frequencies you don't need on each instrument.. EQ those out, especially in the low frequencies. give you a lot of room to move without compression. Compress the track that shift in volume a lot. Those two things have helped me gain a lot of volume without throwing a compressor on the master.

EQ the frequencies you want boost on master (if you want, although I always end up with a worse sounding doing this so I never even try to do this). After that if your not satisfied compress/limit the mater, but not so much that there is no "pumping".

The top paragraph will give you much success and I highly recommended for your mixing stage. The second paragraph you can attempt, but I find my music usually looses dynamics, and sound I originally had so I don't do it often for my own music. (I usually limit/compress master track on other people music cause all they care about is the brickwall.)

With that said I am not a master mixer and master and don't have the experiences in real studios that some people on here do, but I highly don't recommend you to "compress the shit out of your instruments". Unless volume is all you care about.
Last edited by FireHawk at Apr 6, 2011,
#8
If you have a balanced mix with no major peaks, check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAJ6fDG4Rms
Making sure everything is balanced is essential. If you've got a huge snare that's eating a ton of headroom, for example, use gclip on it prior to the mastering to raise it's volume but save headroom.
#9
Quote by FireHawk


With that said I am not a master mixer and master and don't have the experiences in real studios that some people on here do, but I highly don't recommend you to "compress the shit out of your instruments". Unless sound is all you care about.



I just answered his question about loudness, he never said he wanted it to sound good.
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#10
Quote by joshpasson
I just answered his question about loudness, he never said he wanted it to sound good.


Isn't that understood?

I got it louder, but it's not quite as loud as songs I have on iTunes.