"Flat" sound?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by lukas, Feb 3, 2010.

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  1. lukas

    lukas Guest

    Hello, I'm having trouble with this:
    Everyone says I should have very flat reference sound during recording, mixing and mastering. I use average (BX5a deluxe) M-Audio studio monitors but onboard Realtek HD sound. I can get a sound which is good enough to me out of it but after tweaking the sound driver's equalizer a little. When I set the main sound driver's equalizer flat, I get a little poor sound, in terms of weak bass and muddy treble and the sound is unnatural even with all the commercial CDs. When I boost high and low frequencies a little, I get very clear and natural sounding vocals and bass that sounds tight enough.
    So, my question is: Should I, at all costs, be working with the flat sound card's main equalizer when mixing/mastering, even if the sound is a little muddy that way or can I boost those high and low frequencies and work with that as a reference audio?

    This is the EQ preset on my onboard sound which sounds natural. I know, no values, but it's only Realtek:)
  2. Mohog Audio

    Mohog Audio Active Member

    Feb 3, 2010
    Flat sound is mainly meant in terms of a flat sound response. As in if you use a real time analyzer with different test tones, your monitors, interacting with you mixing room will produce a flat response. This is vital to making your mixes sound the same in the outside world as in you studio. Adjusting your EQ on your sound card or keeping it flat is not producing a flat sound or response but rather just adjusting to your taste. Hope this helps!

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