my mix on other speakers

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by josh_hates_you, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. I mix in a non treated room on Event Electronics TR6 monitors. I like the sound of my mixes even they dont ever stack up to the cds I buy in a store(probably cause of my mackie board). My mixes usually sound pretty good in my car and on my nice home stereo but why do they sound so terrible on pc speakers? i know it is mostly because it i not mastered but other people post non mastered material all the time and it still sounds good on pc speakers.

    i'll post a link to a song as soon as purevolume uploads the songs.
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    PC speaker and other small speakers can be very unforgiving when it comes to Dynamic Range and low frequency.

    Todays Mastering is providing for very limited dynamic range in the end product ... this is a big part of why main label CD's are so loud
    there are some Low frequency tricks that can be implemented to make PC speakers shine.
  3. Avalon

    Avalon Guest

    Can you explain what type of low frequency tricks are used? How can I apply them? How do they always get the bass sounding soo deep and smooth without the nasty rumbling? I'm guessing it's a Harmonizer of some sort like Maxx Bass from Waves...
  4. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    Harmonisers and the Waves Maxx Bass is the sort of trick that is used.

    Tones from synths to support both bass guitar and kick drum.

    Careful use of limiters and compression ... and frequency conscious compression

    a HI PASS filter can be very useful
    just as a hi pass or low cut can help a vocal to remove the explosive puffs

    the hi pass can also help kick and bass for the same reason ... cut at the very low but boost at the sweet spot and then limit of compress to give an even presence

    The higher harmonics can be the trick for the computer speaker as they just can't produce the low frequency no matter how even the tone is.
    This is the principle of the MaxxBass
  5. Aziel

    Aziel Guest

    nice tip...when you use this sub harminics put them in the master or right on the track? do you use them to master or what?
  6. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    The old school version of what Kev mentions re: MaxxBass was to mix on small speakers like Auratones, and emphasize the bass around the 3rd harmonic, ie 250-300Hz. It was referred to as "apparent bass", usually used for mixing things headed to the AM dial and listened to on a car radio.

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