#1
Ok so I've had this problem for a while. No matter what I do, it seems my recording volume is always so low. When I create an mp3 file, the volume is always significantly lower than an mp3 of any pro recording. If I pump up the volume on my preamp or in the program (regardless of the program, I've used many), it'll get loud but noticeably distorted. Is there a fix for this? Maybe an after-amp (as opposed to preamp)? ha i really don't know, any suggestions?
#3
i do EQ, not too familiar with compression techniques tho. im not really sure where to begin on compression.. any starter points? or recommend a good compressor?
#5
well what program are u using,

also compression is only needed so that it doesnt really distort when u increase volume so it may not be needed as of yet,

what u could try do is look through the efect list on ur Program (what program u use by the way) and see if there is something like maximiser or something like that, and fiddle with it lol
#7
well i plug everything in my interface then that outputs to the PC. I'm using Tracktion 2 and Guitar Rig 2 as of now. I like both programs. What I usually do is record everything dry in Tracktion 2 as it's very easy to organize in there. Then I export it out, trying to maximize volume levels w/o getting distorted. Then I bring that mp3 file into Guitar Rig 2, play it through a set up, recording on the second tape deck. Then take that wav file and make it an mp3. But it seems that I always either get a distorted final product or perfect quality with volume too low.

If I run a compressor through the in-out port on my interface (mackie satellite btw), will this help out? I'd imagine a real piece of hardware will work better than a compressor in Guitar Rig. But I don't wanna buy a compressor if it's not gonna help out with volume issues.
#8
no no the Effect Compressor should be a digital effect in a recording program, so u just have to apply it just like apply EQ to it,

So u dont have to buy a pedal, lol

What happens when it distorts is that there is to much aritificial gain so that the track CLIPS IE touches the red section from the volume bar,
#9
Digital can only go so high before it clips, and you will never be able to change that. Keep below about -3dBfs before final mixdown/processing and you should be fine.
#10
Hmmm that's probably it. Cause when I export it out of Tracktion, I usually try to get it as high as possible in dB level, I'll try keeping it at -3, then pumping it as high as I can when I play it through GR. Thanks guys
#11
Are you mastering your tracks? Mastering your tracks will help increase the level by applying compression and perhaps limiting to the final mixed down track. For information on this , check this page.
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#12
yea use multi band compressors, mastering plugs, EQ a little, and normalize.

Once you master the tracks the song should come up in volume a little more without distorting.

I just started using some of the new mastering tools in Sonar, such as Boost11, all great plugins.