Originally Posted by OwensDrumming
I do. Arti Dixson is my teacher. He's played with Ahmad Jamal, Michael Bolton, Harry Connick, etc.
He's a great drummer indeed, but you don't hold your sticks like him.
First, the mix has to be loud....I think that is applying compression/limiting at all stages of recording, mixing, and mastering, not just at the end.
This is what I was saying to avoid earlier. I demonstrated in a thread a few months ago (can't find it now) that this kind of treatment may allow the master to sound A LITTLE hotter from the get go, but requires almost as much treatment in mastering to get it up to common levels. In other words, I get a good, clean mix, I might use 2dB of soft clipping and 3dB of limiting to get a decent level and it sounds great. I get something that had 2-3dB of limiting on individual tracks and it already sounds squashed before I do anything to it... then I have to add maybe 1dB of soft clipping and 2dB of limiting to get it to the same level and it sounds even more squashed.
The mixes that are consistently easiest to get mastered to a hot level are the ones that are mixed purely for the best sound. They can take all sorts of abuse without falling apart because they're so clean.
Originally Posted by AVSbeats
I also want that pop music sound with the warm low end with max volume that all of us want in a mix. I'm experimenting a lot with maximizers and each is different in sound and some bring color to the sound. I'm still looking for a limiter and specially a maximizer that can bring the sound, dynamic and low freqs up as the original without distortion. Right now I'm testing the waves L2 vs L3, anybody uses those in a different way? Share your knowledge thanks
The L2 is a fine limiter for a little "nudging" but if you want really slammed masters like modern pop music, Elephant is much better. The L3 is useless, absolutely useless. The "warm" low end comes from the mix, not the limiter. "Dynamic" absolutely doesn't come from a limiter. Dynamics come from the source and limiters can only reduce that factor.