Hey. I have a few questions.

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Member Since: May 03, 2009

I have been mixing for a few years. But I'm trying to reach new levels now. So I started with a few of my mixes that I had premastered myself. Removed my premastering to try to make the mix better. I realised I have major troubles getting punch in electronic bdrums without peaking(!) Also, would you say a good mix sounds close to "mastered" without being mastered? if you understand what I mean.. In other words. What is a good mix. a really good mix?

BTW I'm new to the forums. My name is Ari, and it's nice to be on a forum for home DAW owners :D

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Since: May 03, 2009

May 03, 2009 10:18 am

If you programs has the capabilities i would put a good hard compressor on the track then mix them and if they still slightly peak in the final mix put a limiter on the and limit them to .1 -dB and that shouldnt take away from the sound

Since: Jul 02, 2003

May 03, 2009 02:29 pm

Welcome to HRC! For the drums you should be able to use a compressor on the drum track to get the punch in them prior to mastering. Nothing should be peaking in the mix greater than ~ -6dB prior to "mastering", you need to leave headroom for the process.

To me a good mix should have clarity including the nuances of the performance and instruments with enough overlap to sound blended but not muddy. It should also have a pleasing EQ curve that's not over hyped in any frequency to the point of being fatiguing to listen too, genre has alot of influence on this as well.

I've only had the opportunity to hear one professionally mixed song that wasn't mastered and I would say yes it can sound very close to a mastered result. I would say it would be easier and more likely for an amatuer to destroy this mix rather than make it sound better mastering it.


Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

May 03, 2009 07:35 pm

In fact if your DAW or drum set up allows it you could simply hit the BD with the limiter or compressor.

OD pretty much covered the rest of the subject though.

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