Originally Posted by jithendra
Thank you so much Amun ra and dkelley.
I will try to do all the things you said, but these bass traps seems to be very expensive in my area, that is why I have not got my room treated. can you tell me a very basic level of room treatment. I can't afford like $1000 on room treatment. May be I can spend $400, as of now. I am using Shure Srh 440 headphones.
And thanks so much for telling me that my skills need to be improved because it only need my dedication and not money. I asked this question because people who give me projects tell me that 24/96 is not accepted as a standard.
well exactly, I'm happy you saw my reasoning there. it's free to experiment and try to alter your mixing style.
the mixing skills are MOST of a person's sound because now that you know your mixes sound dull or whatever you can compensate for that and make them sound too bright to your ears and then see how they translate.
I also STRONGLY suggest you post a mix that has received this complaint on here and people can take a listen to give honest feedback about the brightness and so on. Then if you try remixing something, or on your next mix, post it here FIRST, and we'll see if you've compensated effectively, not enough, or too much, and so on.
That may help you to "learn" the issues with your current room and monitors.
the 24/96 is fine. I used one many times years ago. it's not a "standard" hahaha, whatever. neither is the soundblaster. but I've mixed projects on a soundblaster 16 (many years ago...) that had plenty of local town radioplay without any comments about sound quality problems.
and the 24/96 BLOWS it out of the water.
imho sound cards and audio interfaces get WAY too much attention here.
the differences between them audbily exist on rare occasions but for the most part humans can't truly hear the difference between them reliably. certainly not to the point of having this type of feedback about your mixes being dull or harsh or anything.
don't fret it. the card is fine. room needs help but it's VERY challenging and yes can cost $$$ to solve some of the problems there. but if you spend $1000 on a super nice audio itnerface your mixes will still sound the same probably, but if you spend $300 on 4 bass traps made by some local guy for $75 each (the going price for a bass trap builder who advertises on my local craigslist...) then you will be getting closer to the sound you want. STILL not enough though. $1000 on room improvements are radically cool though so THAT is certainly something to start saving up for over the next year or whatever if you want to keep doing this. it's worth it and live improves so much when you can hear things right. To me it's shocking the difference in sound just talking in a room that is well treated... and any speakers sound miles better in a treated room, even $50 radio shack stereos.
If you have a pair available you could also reference your mixes on a pair of decent headphones, a/b between them sometimes, but still spend most of your mixing time on your speakers since headphone mixing can result in strange sound at times.
But really, when I was learning how to do this, I would simply change my mixing sound after I heard negative feedback or, more often, heard my mix sound bad on someone else's stereo (when I'd make a mental note to remix it that night when I got home but wouldn't bother telling them how bad their stereo sounds LoL).