#1
hello all!

heres the problem I seem to have. I will complete the recording on a song completely including: all guitars (double tracked), bass, and drums and I will git everything evened out to where I would like it but once i start a new song and use the same set up with the instruments and match peaks and such by the time I am done and the song is exported they never sound the same in quality, tone or even volume. This is probably a noobish issue but Im wondering if it would be something to do with mixing or mastering and how to go about making them sound even.
#2
its a tough thing, not many presets will come across on different songs, i have one or 2 presets that i use for writing but when it comes to different songs they all need different sounds :P
#3
I have no idea what the problem is based on what you just wrote.

Are you saying you are finishing a song completely, (mixed etc.) exporting it.

Then, you are recording another song, finishing it completely, then exporting it as well.

And are finding the two songs sound totally different, even though you used the same set-up?
#4
^ yes exactly. each individual track will sound different even though they are recorded the same way and set up exactly the same.
#5
Cool, first question. Could I hear a clip of each to get a better idea of the exact differences?
#6
you should keep production notes. mastering won't fix drastic differences in the quality of the recorded material
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#7
This is to be expected - the set up you used for one song won't necessarily be the same set up that will work in another. It's a good starting point, but you'll always want to tweak things to make it right.
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When recording, the more things stay the same the more things change (i.e. the reverse of an old cliche). An important step is to reference along the way. Listen to professional tracks that you wish to approximate the sound of. Listen to tracks you've finished and make adjustments to what you're working on to make it closer (assuming this is what you want, sometime different is good). Listen when you start a session. Take a break after a few hours of work, listen again. Listen when you finish and A/B. Basically listen as much as possible.
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#9
export the finished songs then import them into a new project so you have each song as an individual track and then start mastering.once you have them all sounding good together export each track individually as the finished song. all you will be doing is adjusting volume and maybe a little EQ and compression work but mastering as all about subtly and making the finished album sound cohesive without every song sounding the same
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#10
Mixing is taking all your recorded parts and blending them into a finished song. This is done by changing the volume levels, pan, compression, reverb and various other effects and techniques until you're happy with the mix.


Mastering is a specialist art, basically you take the finished, mixed-down tracks and making tiny adjustments to balance the sound and make sure they sound as good as possible whatever they're played through. If you're working on an album, mastering also makes sure all songs have a similar tone and volume, so there's no inconsistency between tunes.


If you're working at home, you only want to be concerning yourself with the mixing.
Once you've mixed down a track, it's common to raise the volume using a limiter or compressor before you put it on a CD or the internet. It's not proper mastering but it's a very good idea.