more volume on CD

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Member Since: Jan 17, 2006

I record my electric guitar direct into a Zoom MRS-802b. The levels are as high as they can go without distorting.

The Zoom unit has a built in CD burner. When I burn my master track to the CD, then play the CD in any system (my car, for example), the volume is very quiet. I have to turn the volume in the car way up. When I eject the Cd and the radio comes back on, the volume is so loud it hurts my ears.

How can I get more volume onto my recorded CD's?


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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jan 17, 2006 11:18 am

Welcome to HRC.

You need additional compression or maximization.

Waves makes a plugin called the "UltraMaximizer" HarBal has some built in limiting that does much the same thing, Steinberg Magneto saturates and boosts level...

You'll find that most commercial releases from big labels are so overcompressed and maximized it's pathetic...

This is actually a very common issue.

Time Waster
Since: Jan 12, 2006

Jan 17, 2006 11:24 am

As dB says above, compression. There's a good article at HRC on it too.


Rane has a couple of good articles.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jan 17, 2006 11:28 am

Oh, and the last few issues of Music Tech Magazine has had a three part series of articles about compression that have been very interesting. A very in depth look at the fine art of compression.

Since: Jan 17, 2006

Jan 17, 2006 12:03 pm

Thanks to all! I'll start digging into compression.

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