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Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:32 PM
Posted 20 September 2012 - 03:03 AM
I'm still trying to get the hang of compressors, but I believe that this is a good start.
Posted 20 September 2012 - 04:07 AM
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 06:03 AM
If you just want to increase the RMS, I wouldn't bother compressing the master bus but would instead use a high quality, transparent limiter such as PSP Xenon. You'll easily be able to squeeze a few dB of headroom out of the track without over squashing the signal or ruining the transients. Dynamics really isn't something that can be fixed solely at the master stage as there's only so much mileage you can get from a single stage of broadband (or even multiband) dynamics processing. If it's helping you with this current track then that's great but be aware for future tracks that dynamics control is best dealt with at the individual (and grouped) mixer track stage. Master bus processing can be a final step but you'll be able to squeeze for headroom with a greater sense of dynamics with the cumulation of dynamics processing across the mix.
Ok, the updated version of my song is at the top! Let me know what you think about it. I was able to increase the volume even more once I put an MClass Compressor above the mixer. Lowered the input gain and lifted the output, did some other tweaks on the ratio ,attack, and release so that the compression wasn't so sudden and noticeable. I'm happy to say that this has no clipping and is the volume that I wanted when I first started it! Thank you guys for everything! I'm still trying to get the hang of compressors, but I believe that this is a good start.
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