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Do I have to pay a licensing fee to mix in Atmos? What about other dolby formats?

I mix and master all of my studio albums at an actual recording studio, but I mix a lot of social media music posts and side projects myself. I am doing some experimental stuff and I want to try ...
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Is it better to use a clipper to cut peaks of a audio or a limiter?

One trick that I know to get loud mixes (although I am certainly not a fan of the recent trend where everyone is trying to make a piece as loud as possible) is to cut the peaks of the audio first and ...
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Fixing Compressing Issue During Mastering

I have a mix for mastering with the issue, you can hear in the attached file. The dynamics in the mix, were over- or wrongly compressed so the result is - that dynamics has frequent fluctuations, as ...
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Mixes not translating [closed]

I have tried many things but for some reason mixes don't sound thick.I have this question my mixes are not translating properly is there any video or article that could help me?? thank you regards
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Is burning high resolution recordings to CD a bad idea? [closed]

More and more music is available for purchase / streaming now in Hi-Res formats which exceed CD quality in bit rate or recording frequency. For practical reasons I often listen to the same music in ...
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What useful corrections can be made, in the mixing phase, using an Aston Origin connected to a Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen [closed]

I would like to know what is the best recording and effects chain that I can apply to my recording setup. I use a Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen and an Aston Spirit. The room is untreated and I will ...
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Music Practice Question (I think?)So I tried replicating notes of one piano to my piano, same notes, but it still sounds different - help? [closed]

I’m an amateur. I also have the sheet music stuff with me as well, and I have reference to the sound. My attempt sounds about similar, but the original music seems a bit higher. I’ve copied the notes ...
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Using Vocal Rider with Cubase and/or Audacity

I use Cubase Elements and purchased Vocal Rider. After installing and activating Vocal Rider, I couldn't find it as a standalone program in start up. I tried to understand if it's possible to use ...
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Do you mix with an Audio Interface?

I recently completed a mix of my song and it sounded really well! I am using my Behringer UM2 Audio Interface in both recording and mixing my song. However I noticed that whenever I don't use my AI ...
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Going above 0db and applying limiter

In short, I have a problem. I don’t know what to do with exceeding 0 decibels. If I use a limiter on the master it will make the track much quieter. If I use a clipper, the track will become louder, ...
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How to produce punchy cinematic sound?

Folks: I am in the production stage of one of my songs. I tried to give it to mixing and mastering engineers to do it. The problem is like finding a needle in a haystack. Everyone claims to be an ...
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What is the best WAV encoding and why? [closed]

I'm using Audacity to export a track, and there are just too many options to encode a .wav export: Signed 16/24/32-bit PCM Unsigned 8-bit PCM 32/64-bit float U-Law, A-Law IMA ADPCM, Microsoft ADPCM ...
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Are there any downsides to using dynamic EQ when mixing?

I've been looking up articles on dynamic EQ and it seems to be mostly positive. I'm wondering if there's any downsides if someone were to go crazy with it like in the following workflow: Let's say ...
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What is the best way to split a signal at a crossover and process the parts differently

I have a bass guitar DI track. I would like to process everything below 300Hz in one way (ex: eq it differently, add warm saturation, etc). I would like to process everything above 300 Hz in another ...
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How the communication and agreements for mixing & mastering happens?

I want to start the work of mixing and mastering but I am totally new. I want to know how the whole process of communication happen with clients. I have heard that beginners are supposed to do quite ...
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How can I take an mp3 recording of live musicians with a varied BPM and make it consistent throughout the song?

I want to create a mix between 2 songs but one of them is recorded with live musicians and the other is electronic music. Naturally the electronic music has a fixed BPM that doesn't change throughout ...
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Mixing/Mastering headroom

I understand that headroom is needed between the mixing and mastering processes. For example, after a mix is done it may sit at -6dB so the person mastering the song has headroom to play with. I have ...
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When stereo mix summed to mono, side information dissapears?

What happens to the side information (L-R) when mix is summed to mono? Is it removed and disappears completely or is it blended to the center so we can still hear things that previously made a stero ...
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Do I understand Mid/Side processing correctly?

Recently I've been reading about the mid/side processing and I'ce got this image in my mind: Let's assume I have 3 guitars in my recording. Guitar one "1" panned 100% left, second "2" in center and ...
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I tried to match the sound of this song but it sounds very different, what am I missing?

I'm an amateur music producer, I have little experience. I tried to create a cover of "Beneath the Mask" from the OST of the game Persona 5, and match the sound as closely as possible. Here's a ...
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Ok if a guitar sound is out of phase with the rest of the song?

I designed a sound for a clean guitar. At first it was in phase, which sounded OK, but when I flipped the phase I liked that sound more. The Correlation Meter (in Logic) shows that the phase is now ...
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Panning distorted guitars (get the attack sound)

I need a mixing tip: when I try to mix distorted guitars (dual guitars, but in fact, I just recorded once, created 2 tracks, copypasted onto them and hard panned them), I want to have a sound of ...
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Ableton: Vocals missing from an old WAV file when played through Windows Media, are there when played in Ableton

I have an incredibly strange case. I've been assembling a collection of demos from old songs I wrote some years ago. I found one, a 2822 kbps WAV file, played it (in Windows Media Player) and thought ...
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How can I make sure my mix is not "bricked" before sending it to be professionally mastered?

In the instructions provided to me by the service I'm using to have my album mastered, the engineers include this advice: Include any desired processing, such as compression and equalization, but be ...
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Effect of audio drivers on mixing

I was wondering about the effect of audio drivers on mixing music. When mixing you ideally use studio monitors because they are supposed to have a 'neutral sound' so that you can achieve a mix that ...
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How to find the loudest part of a mix?

What are fastest methods to find the loudest part of the track during mixing?
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how much db gain for limiting?

when i mix my music, i always turn down all the tracks faders, so my final stereo head room will be around -20 db. then i add limiter and add something around 14 db , so my final lufs will be ...
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Singing, Reording, Mixing, Mastering

Do I need a audio interface for my laptop to use USB mic? I'm about to buy Blue Snowball iCE for recording my vocals to mix and master with karaoke tracks. But, when I was using same headphone mic ...
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Can ISRC codes be embedded into a music track?

Bandcamp says: You can list the ISRCs in a special data track on a CD, but you can’t embed them in audio files. and it isn't possible to embed codes directly in files Whereas PPL says: ...
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Does the microphone gear/setup used to record vocals determine the output quality of the music or does the mixing and mastering?

I know that they both have a role to play, but could a grammy award winning engineer make a crispy vocal using just his engineering skills regardless of equipment used?
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Positioning the sound in 3D using VST plugins

I've listened to a lot of stereo music that when listened to through good headphones sounds quadrophonic. For instance Pink Floyd's The wall seems so 3D even in stereo. How to place my instruments ...
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Move track from Ableton to Logic Pro

I'm trying to take a track to be mastered from Ableton Live 9 to Logic Pro, but the original on Ableton is on a MBP with no Logic Pro installation, and my Logic Pro installation is on a MBP with no ...
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How to play in time, for songwriters

How do songwriters make recordings that are in time? Here's what I've tried: 1) Recording with a metronome. OK, now my songs are in time, but are different (e.g. quantized/snapped to the beat ...
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Getting the right balance of frequencies in mix

I generally use Voxengo span vst to check if my frequency balance is right. I would take a professionally produced song with a similar set of instruments that my song uses (or genre) and compare the ...
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Mixing and mastering at home

I have been playing guitar, piano, and keys for over ten years, and have been recording my own stuff for about eight years. I understand the basic principles of recording and have spent many hours in ...
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Why does my [stereo] electric Guitar recording sound hollow? [closed]

I'm not sure if it's something in my setup, something I'm doing wrong or a general lack of knowledge, but I find that recording my electric Guitar->Amp(w/fx)->audio in Mono produces a much fuller, ...
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Grand Audio Engineering/Mixing and Mastering Course?

Does anyone know of a course or playlist that shows someone how to get into the world of mixing, mastering. I'm a complete noob and would like to learn about that stuff but I don't know the first ...
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Difference between mixing and mastering

I am a musician, and I have amateurish-ly recorded my own musical inspiration. I am curious to learn, though, and one of the most confusing things is - as so often - in terminology. I am looking for ...
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VST difference between valve amp, preamp and tape saturation

I've been learning how to master songs with a few tutorials and I've stumbled upon various plugin categories I'd like to be able to distinguish a bit better. Many of those tutorials recommend to use ...
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How to judge a mix, on e.g. muddiness and balance?

I have been producing music for 7 years: And I have yet to understand how artists are able to tell what a proper mix sounds like. They often tell me that my mix sounds weird and "muddy", but I myself ...
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How can I get the vocals to stand out better in the mix when recording?

I am helping a friend (very talented aspiring singer songwriter in the folk music genre’) by making some free demo recordings of her music to promote her talent. She has a nice voice but it’s on ...
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Processing Vocals/Layers of Vocals

In some of electronic music songs' parts, you can hear multiple vocals at the same time. One male, one female vocals but it's different than de-esser effects, it is like being recorded on the same ...
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Tips for increasing loudness while mastering in Ableton Live

I am a drum and bass (Jump Up) producer using ableton, I have been producing for about 8 months now and I would say I have progressed really well with it. I have got to the stage with it where I want ...
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