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problem with making my sound sound good.

Discussion in 'Recording' started by peterko10ko, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. peterko10ko

    peterko10ko Active Member

    hi i have a korg triton studio keyboard with a cd burner installed. i wrote a song on it using headphones only and it sounds perfect. so i burned the cd using the keyboard and listened it in my car and on my home stereo and it comes out sounding way different. i think there are too much mids. (gets loud really fast but not alot of music itself is heard) i went back to the keyboard and added bass and treb and reduced the mids but it still comes out sounding way diferent. how can i get the sound i hear in my headphones on my stero (or at least close to it) any tips would be appreciated. thankyou
     
  2. iamfrobs

    iamfrobs Guest

    Get a pair of better headphones, like ones for Monitoring, with a flatter frequency response? Or just listen to the song in your room. It will be more realistic.
     
  3. song4gabriel

    song4gabriel Active Member

    unfortunately because your setup is limited you will have to check your mixes on different sources. most people will use the home stereo, the car and pc speakers. i have made songs that sounded like grammy winners in my cans and garage recordings when i play them elsewhere

    find a system that works that you get used to

    have fun!
     
  4. peterko10ko

    peterko10ko Active Member

    i have $60 headphones. is that decent? they're the studio type that cover your whole ears not the ipod kind. and is there a way to pull of the sound i hear in my headphones on the stereo? if i tried using a mixer to readjust the frequencies or will that change the way my song sounds completely. what would be the best bet in my situation? anyone? thankyou
     
  5. song4gabriel

    song4gabriel Active Member

    headphone shut out the rest of the world. your home stereo interacts with its internal components as well as your living room, or bedroom or wherever.

    "or will that change the way my song sounds completely"

    every different invironment will do this. that is why recording studios have rooms designed and monitors that offer a "flat" sound. "flat" meaning not adding any colour (the way your room does)
     
  6. peterko10ko

    peterko10ko Active Member

    well the environment isn't the problem. the problem is that in the stereo and in my car the mids are extremely high and if i turn up the volume it sounds as if the speakers will blow but there isn't alot of actual music going on (sounds more like noise) and it's not because of the environment. but in my headphones the eq frequencies sound perfect. could this be because the cord to the headphones is not too thick and maybe it can't handle some frequencies?
     
  7. song4gabriel

    song4gabriel Active Member

    no its not your cord. its just that perhaps your particular headphones over exxaggerate highs. just remember that when you mix. if you are new to recording you will need to get your audio memory used to your equipment. or try a different pair of cans


    try sony mdr 7506 ar eindustry standard. they are pretty flat.

    here is why you have these problems (in simple terms):

    audio makers of stereos (home car, ipod etc) want them to sound good, pleasing, musical etc... so they are designed "coloured" to do so (so that we dont have to adjust our eq for every song or teevee show)

    pro audio equp is designed to sound "flat", meaning the aim is to represent the true eq of the music. this gives the most accurate picture of the sound. but of course, the world isnt perfect and pro audio equipment (especially lower end stuff) will also be "coloured" to some extent.

    as far as what i mean by environment- everything is an acoustic environment- your car, your living room, even when you have headphones on (notice the difference between in ear plugs and over ear plugs and you will see the difference.
     
  8. peterko10ko

    peterko10ko Active Member

    ok thankyou. im just gonna drag my keyboard out to the living and adjust the eq to the stero. hopefully i can pull of a better sound. thankyou very much
     

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