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p_s_f's picture
Milwaukee, WI
Nov 2009
3 years ago

I'm just kind of a D.I.Y. person and I'd like to hear anyone's tips for mastering audio yourself.

I don't have problems getting a good sounding mix, but the final volume of my tracks is too quiet overall. And I have a hard time compressing louder tracks to 0 db in GarageBand. If I upgraded to Logic Express or Pro, would this help my issue with the final mix? Or am I just missing something obvious in GarageBand?

Lately I've been working on electronic music where I mix in live instruments (kind of like AIR, or War Stories era UNKLE) and have gotten Ableton Live 8 and a midi controller for it. My biggest concern is volume drop if I were to remix a song by someone else with instruments I've recorded.

Any help would be appreciated.

Low Radar (Experimental 'Indie Pop' Band)

Ryan Tell (Solo Ambient Electronica Project)

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keksdose's picture
northern krautland
Nov 2006
14 hours ago

What exactly do you mean by volume? Peak level? In this case you will need a higher make-up gain on your compressor. But this can also be achieved by adjusting the gain without any compression.

by the way you should use a maximum peak level of -0.3 or -0.2db to avoid clipping. Because of digital artefact you might get clipping even at 0db or below. with -0.3 you should be on the save side.

...and don't believe anything Rick Rubin says if you want a dynamic sound ;)

p_s_f's picture
Milwaukee, WI
Nov 2009
3 years ago

Yeah I can't figure out how to get higher make-up gain on the compressor. Would an external compressor help?

I'll try playing with the gain without compression and then throwing the compression on top of it.

Low Radar (Experimental 'Indie Pop' Band)

Ryan Tell (Solo Ambient Electronica Project)

Parlour Bikes (On Hiatus)

keksdose's picture
northern krautland
Nov 2006
14 hours ago

I've never use garageband so I don't know the properties of the compressor. I'd try to use compression first and set the gain (i.e. peak level) to the desired value afterwards. I asume the gain allows enough amplification.