Getting each track the same level!

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Roswell-CS, Aug 24, 2005.

  1. Roswell-CS

    Roswell-CS Guest

    Hello all,

    Im just finishing up mixing an album, and now im about to master the album myself ( because im low on funds )....

    Are there any programs out there that once all the tracks are completed, it will make sure the volume levels for each track are all the same.. just incase some are a bit off.

    I know when u put songs in Itunes it does a "Sound Check" feature where it adjusts everything to the same level... but i dont think it carrys over when u burn it to CS.
  2. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    i use my ears and an L2 plug
  3. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    I am not an accomplished mastering engineer, but I like to use an RMS meter (and my ears of course).
  4. dpd

    dpd Active Member

    Sep 29, 2004
    Do you really want all the tracks at the same volume? Do they sound best that way? If played live, would the band play them that way?
  5. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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  6. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Montreal, Qc, CANADA
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    Use your ears and judge for the best apparent volume. Like David says, an RMS meter will be more appropriate for this purpose but the ears has the final word.

  7. mixandmaster

    mixandmaster Active Member

    Jul 13, 2004
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    wait til you have a reason to drive for a hour or so. burn a disc, take it with you in the car. If you can listen to the disc at a reasonably low level with engine/traffic noise distracting you without having to adjust the volume after every track, then you're in the ballpark.
  8. Rider

    Rider Guest

    if your music isnt solid blast metal or similar, you might compare parts to parts. say one is solid distortion through the whole song. the other has soft parts and loud parts. the other is pure soft. match the loud parts in the middle song with the loud one, then the soft one with the soft parts in the middle song. using RMS and your ears of course. then play through each 3 to see if they match up, then play the hard against the soft. this is assuming the middle song is mixed properly and there isnt a major dip in volume on the soft part.

    if you match RMS of a loud song vs a soft one you are probably gonna end up raising your soft song far beyond what it should be. which is why you cant rely solely on RMS.

    the more diverse your songs are composition wise, the harder itll be. matching a techno vs a metal vs an acoustic pop song is al ot harder than 3 metal songs in a row.

    id suggest your loudesst first, else if you do your softest first, by the time you get to your loudest you might find you are oversquishing it and have to go back through all of them again.
  9. Use an RMS VU meter + a peak meter, a compressor, an EQ and a brickwall limiter. AND use your ears.

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