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Old 01.07.11, 10:53 AM
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Final mix volume levels

I'm just kind of a D.I.Y. person and I'd like to hear anyone's tips for mastering audio yourself.

I don't have problems getting a good sounding mix, but the final volume of my tracks is too quiet overall. And I have a hard time compressing louder tracks to 0 db in GarageBand. If I upgraded to Logic Express or Pro, would this help my issue with the final mix? Or am I just missing something obvious in GarageBand?

Lately I've been working on electronic music where I mix in live instruments (kind of like AIR, or War Stories era UNKLE) and have gotten Ableton Live 8 and a midi controller for it. My biggest concern is volume drop if I were to remix a song by someone else with instruments I've recorded.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 01.07.11, 11:08 AM
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What exactly do you mean by volume? Peak level? In this case you will need a higher make-up gain on your compressor. But this can also be achieved by adjusting the gain without any compression.

by the way you should use a maximum peak level of -0.3 or -0.2db to avoid clipping. Because of digital artefact you might get clipping even at 0db or below. with -0.3 you should be on the save side.

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Old 01.07.11, 11:21 AM
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Yeah I can't figure out how to get higher make-up gain on the compressor. Would an external compressor help?

I'll try playing with the gain without compression and then throwing the compression on top of it.
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Old 01.07.11, 11:33 AM
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I've never use garageband so I don't know the properties of the compressor. I'd try to use compression first and set the gain (i.e. peak level) to the desired value afterwards. I asume the gain allows enough amplification.
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