Question about mixing

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by GoldPhix, Mar 20, 2005.

  1. GoldPhix

    GoldPhix Guest

    i mix in samplitude 7. Ater setting levels, master valume hits about +0.5 db. So, I am over 0 db. I don't hear any distortions, but is it OK?
    What should I do?
    Should I trim levels of individuals track or master volume?

    thnkz :)
  2. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    if you like your mix as it is just lower the master volume track!
    what monitors are you using?
  3. GoldPhix

    GoldPhix Guest

    I use NS10.
  4. Midlandmorgan

    Midlandmorgan Active Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    Find out WHERE the clipping is happening....and lower that a bit.

    Or put a soft limiter on the final output pair to prevent overs...
  5. GoldPhix

    GoldPhix Guest

    Is it a "crime" to manipulate Master Volume? Why?:)
  6. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA/ Greenville, DE
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    Gold; with Samplitude you have a master limiter on the main mixer; use it for brick wall limiting at -.01 and see if it affects the sound in any negative way. If it doesn't, you're all set. (Set it for fast attack & release as well.)

    There is also a multiband processor right above it in the master effects section. You may want to try that. (It opens by default to "Compressor" mode, with three bands all linked together (expandable to four if you want that much). Switch it over to multiband LIMITER; set it for fast attack & release, and start with about -1 through -4 to, moving up and down to taste. Leave the master limiter in-circuit as well (There's a button for it within the multiband processor as well) and see how you like it.

    Also check your individual tracks and see if any of the wildest ones can benefit from a little peak limiting - you can do it per track in Samplitude, or even PER OBJECT. If you can do it there, you may be able to tame your worst spikes BEFORE they hit the master section.

    Last but not least, you can also (in the System/audio preferences area) lower your overall internal gain by -6, -12 and -18 db increments to lower the internal volume levels to keep the entire mix from overloading during mixdown. This is a handy way to do alternate mixes without crunching the hell out of everything, and seeing if you like that version as well. If you get what you want that way, you can then always normalize the results and bring them all back up to -.01 when you master the bounced/mixed results in a new VIP.

    One of the thousands of reasons why I love that program.... :cool:
  7. GoldPhix

    GoldPhix Guest

    JoeH- tnkz for tips :)

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