Final Mix Volume

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Member Since: Sep 11, 2004


This used to be a much bigger problem, but it has gotten better. After mixing a song and getting it just right in terms of not clipping, and then mastering it to a CD, my songs are usually a little bit quieter than most professional CDs. I was just wondering how to increase the actual loudness of the wav file without actually causing the sound to clip. Is it possible to do this?

I used Adaptec Jam once and it lets you adjust the total volume of each song on the cd before you burn it, but it was still a little bit short of pro cds.

Let me know,

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Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Oct 13, 2004 07:39 pm

Read the articles in recording tips on Pre-mastering and Mastering. Part of that process is to apply a specialized compression to the finished mix which increases the preceived volume. It is also true that it increases the overall volume of a recording. It's a little difficult to explain without re-writing the articles in the recording tips section.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Oct 13, 2004 11:05 pm

But indeed, be carefull. I gotta admit that todays CD's dont have much life. They are maximized to the max so to speak. They are crunched so hard there is no life left in them.

So dont go everboard with the maximizing.

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