Mixing Question: Final product sounds much too soft

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by RFrecordings, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. RFrecordings

    RFrecordings Active Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    So I've been mixing a song lately for a little project of mine and thought I was doing everything I was supposed to in order for the mix to come out pretty decent. It sounds absolutely great on my monitors and headphones in my basement, but if I go and use other speakers, such as computer speakers on another computer, it's like someone cut the volume in half on the entire mix... But then if I try to turn up the volume even the slightest bit in Cubase, the tracks clip and start to become fuzzy and ugly-sounding. I have no idea what to do. Granted I've only mixed a few songs before in my life, I thought it would turn out a little better than this from what I was hearing on my monitors.

    Anyone have any advice on what to do or anything?
  2. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Not enough info, really....

    What does your waveform look like? Is it squashed or dynamic? Flat-lined across, or lots of tall and deep peaks and dips? How about the levels? Where's the average level sitting? -3dB? -12dB? -50dB?

    Start with that info, and maybe that will provide a clue...and then it can proceed form there?

    Also, might be good to list what speakers, amp, headphones, etc., you are using.

  3. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    Another piece of info that would be helpful - is the only issue a perceived lack of volume? If you turn the volume up on the stereo, does the mix sound good - so the only problem is that it is softer than a commercial mix?
  4. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    If it is just the volume, check your PC cd burning settings. I had a problem with windows XP where when I burned an audio cd windows would normalize the files down to -o.6, YOu can see this if you re-import the cda files off the burnt disc, they will be apear smaller then the orignals.


    These link may give you some info.

    Best of luck.

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