Help!! Recording audio advice needed!!

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by stevemcneill26, Aug 9, 2004.

  1. stevemcneill26

    stevemcneill26 Active Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    Ok, I need a bit of help here.

    I have recorded a tune using Cakewalk Sonar 3 Producer edition.
    It consists of all audio files.
    When I was happy with all my final mix, I bounced all tracks to 1 single track and from that created a Wav file. However it is very quiet compared to other tunes playing in winamp and also when burned to a cd. So I made the single track louder then re-made the Wav.
    However, I am now getting the peaking and clipping all over the place.
    How do I make my recording louder without the clipping?

    btw, all raw recordings do not peak.

    Would appreciate any advice you guys could give.

  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    The popular and over produced trend is to compress and limit the final track so that all the headroom and dynamic life are sucked out of the performance in order to make it loud. Hope you don't choose to follow that trend...

    Nothing wrong with someone having to turn up the volume knob when a song is not loud enough. That is what it is for.
  3. heyman

    heyman Guest

    Audiogaff is right... Your first choice would be hotter signals to start with without clipping...

    I had that situation happen to me... This isnt the best method, but try and get ahold of someone who owns Soundforge and have them try a "Normalize" on the Audio track. It should boost the volume of the track without all the peaks...
  4. El Dean

    El Dean Guest


    You should be able to normalize it in Sonar - just import the track back in to a session - I'm not sure where the normalize function is, but it was in older versions of Cakewalk so it should be there.

    Also - most CD burners and their software will reduce the volume somewhat, up to a couple dB - Sound Forge CD architect and Toast on the Mac side will both allow you to make up the lost volume when you burn the CD.

    But if you want your stuff to sound like a mastered CD, then master it. Compared to tracking and mixing, mastering is dirt cheap - most will charge you a hundred dollars or less for one song.

    Or send it to me - I'll do it.
  5. stevemcneill26

    stevemcneill26 Active Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    Cheers fo the advice guys.
    I have settled for a slightly quieter final result. It's only minimally quiter now, so I can handle that!!

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