mixing for radio

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Member Since: Apr 28, 2008

Hey all, has anyone done any mixes for the radio. If so any tips? In the process of mixing a record now that will be played on the radio in the near future. Ive heard about making seperate mixes of songs just for radio play. Just curious if anyone has experience with that? If so how did you change your mix

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

May 03, 2008 09:42 am

yeah, compress the living **** out of it, that'll do it for radio. if you don't, they will.

Since: Apr 28, 2008

May 03, 2008 09:44 am

Cool thats what Ive been hearing so far from other people. Thanks man that was the quickest reply ever! Did you hear me think that?

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

May 03, 2008 10:03 am

Interesting thread about content for the masses:


Since: Nov 21, 2007

May 04, 2008 02:00 am

Didn't read the article, but Since the radio compresses so much, it might be better to add a little less.

Since: Apr 04, 2008

May 08, 2008 04:55 am

i concur with willbarry, radio stations seem to add a lot to the signal and i think its probably best to get it sounding good yourself for general play and give them that.. i skimmed through that article so may have missed something.. but i would have thought that most radio stations would optimize themselves for normal everyday listening cd's?? If so, i would say its best to stick to that. Ive messed around with mine before and the clipping thing totally made their equipment work overtime and make my songs a lot quieter than the others.. and others songs that i know have been recorded specifically for every day listening sounded good, and all the same.

its up to you but i would stick to keeping it the same and letting the radio stations do their thing. actually can you maybe get a play on radio and listen to how it sounds first?

Since: Nov 21, 2007

May 08, 2008 08:41 am

Another option is to ask the radio station how much compression they use.

Ne'er ate 'er
Since: Apr 05, 2006

May 08, 2008 10:20 am

They won't tell you.

Since: Feb 07, 2005

May 08, 2008 10:58 am

I would *think* that you need to just be worried about length the most. I mean, forget the radio and do your best mix/master.... they will do what they want with the track anyways. I wouldn't sacrafice anything just to target air play.

Master of the Obvious?
Since: Jun 29, 2004

May 10, 2008 11:35 pm

Just mix/master it to sound as good as possible period: the equipment at the radio station is made to reproduce all material as homogeneously as possible.

Ne'er ate 'er
Since: Apr 05, 2006

May 10, 2008 11:56 pm

BH and anarchist are spot on. Produce your material as close to perfect as you can, then slam a bottle of Maalox before you decide to check it out on the air.

FM radio and the compact disc were, and still are, high fidelity media. Unfortunately, some - bordering on most - of the people using the media have eschewed fidelity for the sake of being just LOUD AND ANNOYING.. The audioignorant have seized your ears. Don't let them win.

Rant over.

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