Volume/compression

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sharwhy
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Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:41PM

I have noticed on quite a few files, in waveform view, show quite severe clipping? They also sound over compressed, albeit in streaming preview mode.


Obviously the advantage is these sound louder/more dynamic when browsing... I am being super careful to avoid over compressing and clipping, but my files are certainly quieter than most?


 
softpiano
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Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:16PM
That's the disscussion of the entire life One make louder when others make silencer.. That should depend on a style (genre) of music.. I think that less copression is waaay better than too much It is even better to leave a file WITHOUT compression than to overcompress it! Don't panic about the loudness... Your files are not too silent... Remember: every listener has a volume knob on ANY device! mp3 player, pc, mac, hi-end, low-end systems, car stereo.. Doesn't matter... Every stuff you listen to the music, has a volume knob... You can always make it louder And as i already said, Your music is not too silent. I always use a maximizer, normalizing my music to -1db of RMS (avarage) volume for istock.. and -0.3db of RMS (avarage) volume for my other custom works.. And i slide the maximizer knob till i see a little bit of red breathing out... Well except when i make radio jingles i make my maximizer working really red But that's not because i want that, that's because they need it
AudioGate
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Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:32PM
Genre specific "trashing of dynamics" is the only time I do it. Otherwise I avoid it as I personally don't like it. Horses for courses, like SP says; and otherwise be your own man/woman when making your sound and style choices is what I say
SpencerSternberg
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Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:23PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Istock will normalize your track to -2.0db if the highest peak amplitude across your track is lower than -2.0db (e.g. if the loudest part of your track is -2.4db then Istock will raise the entire track by 0.6db). I could be slightly wrong so other guys please correct me if so!


I think its nice to have dynamic range in a track, but of course its genre specific so I'd just like to mirror SP and AudioGate, but also like to say I think its nice to have some conformity across your folio, and a commercial sounding track, so using a multiband compressor or maximiser with a threshold of somewhere above -1.0db would give good results. Its funny SP said -1.0db to -0.3db, that's actually me too


Happy mixing!
thepugnatious
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Posted Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:25PM
We reject clipping, what looks like clipping is usually just a longer file that is heavily compressed. The ammount of compression you choose is largly a artistic choice, however if you do it poorly you can get rejected.
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