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Critique Needed On Track for Contest!!

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Vice//Versa, May 26, 2013.

  1. Vice//Versa

    Vice//Versa Dude among dudes

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    Just finished mixing this track for a contest, the deadline is in two days and any input would be great.

     
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    Sounds really cool man! The main thing I would say is that it doesnt have the loudness that a lot of other competitors might have. If you master it carefully you could get more loudness out of it and when it comes to electronic type music, it makes a huge difference to the listeners. Not sure if it will affect your competition though.
     
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    Vice//Versa Dude among dudes

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    Thanks bro! Mastering seems like a scary territory for me because I'm fairly new to the craft. This is my second "full" mix and I dont know how loud I should go into the limiter and how much i should push it. I've read around a little and I know i shouldn't have a loud mix because that comes from my mastering chain but couldn't I just lower the volume when going into my limiter if that is the case? and how do I know that my RMS level is around 9-10? sorry if it's a lot :zzz:
     
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    There's a lot to mastering, and I only know the basics. It's important to compress in stages though and a good Maximizer or brickwall limiter is usually the last stage.
    Bringing the threshold down on the limiter/Maximizer brings the volume up. Once it starts compressing the audio is when distortion and pumping can start to happen.

    Sonalksis FreeG is a free meter that displays RMS.

    Loudness is only a small part of mastering though and yes it's pretty scary. It's so easy to destroy your mix at this stage in its life and I'm an expert at just that :p we all have to learn somehow though.
     
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    This is my first mix ever and I made it when some stems from this forums, I attempted some simple mastering on it (to come close to the original loudness). Does it sound completely lifeless? any other advice is welcomed :)

     
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