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Should I slam a song just for volume to make a client happy?

I recently recorded a punk-pop band, kind of like mxpx or blink 182. I have really limited experince with recording in general, but maybe you could help critique my mixes. They weren't happy with the volume level of the mix, and the only option I really saw was compressing the hell out of my stereo bus and ing up the gain, which made for dull listening. I lowered it down to about 3.5:1 reduction with a 15 ms attack and A threshold of -25 db with a +12.5 gain boost.

I am using a fostex VF160EX and I can't do enough editing to the tracks to really get at them. if I got a computer for editing, would it need much power to just EQ and process tracks? I was thinking of using the VF160 as my tape, going fairly dry in and then sending the digital out to a PC and use pro tools or something to edit, eq, and mix everything down.

The band is on , mp3's are compressed pretty heavily, but it gives you a decent idea of what I was doing. This is the first mix I've done and I'm trying to address several other issues I've found. The band is called Hit the Seven, and you can find them on .



Pro Audio Guest Mon, 05/21/2007 - 14:38
I just thought at first my typing was so horrendous that I had missed that same word twice, but there must be a filter. I guess it's so people don't spam? Anyway, the songs are up there and I'd really appreciate critiques and advice. I'm really new to this process, and I don't think mastering is an option for these guys.

If it is recorded and mixed well, mastering won't make a night and day difference, will it?

tifftunes Sun, 05/27/2007 - 12:36
Joe Meek used to say, "if it sounds good, it is good." The back side of that is probably, if it sounds bad it is bad. But that doesn't mean it can't be fixed in the mix...

Your idea of dumping to a PC to mix is a good one. I find stand-alone recorders limiting, and difficult to manipulate. Maybe that's just me. I say Cubase or Nuendo in a PC will help. And a good software comp/limiter (Waves?) will help too. Experimenting is the key... Good luck!


OH! And I'm of the opinion that the "paying" customer is always right! Give 'em what they want and they'll be back...