Originally Posted by OwensDrumming
The mixes sound great. I'm not sure why I'm having this distortion problem. I'll try compressing my individual tracks more. Should I throw a limiter on all my tracks after I've tweaked them with EQ, compression, etc.? Thanks
If the mixes truly sound great, meaning not just on one monitor but on all ... and you now what "great" is for your style ... then you are in need of a real mastering engineer. It's that simple. Or you can spend weeks messing with it, and not do as well.
A great ME can make a great mix loud in a good way ... in about 20 seconds. Great mastering means a new room/monitoring and some simple gear for the job, usually just some balancing eq and analog clipping of a high headroom AD (class A often). In the right hands this is easy work.
Limiters and other loudness tricks as mixing advice is scary, there are only a handful of people in the world with the monitoring and skill to pull off that kind of mixing style ... most will do more harm than good. Distortion is cumulative and limiters at mixing make it very hard to limit later without death to the vibe (unless you are a Jedi). So you are really walking a fine line to assume you can do "loud" better at mixing with many limiters than mastering with overall eq and one great limiter on a GREAT mix.
Turn up the volume knob and enjoy mixing, that's my advice. Fear is not an energy we want to hear in music, ambition neither. Love of music is the name of the game.
The worlds best mixer with Limiters is probably Tchad Blake, and he's using them for musicality ... not to be loud.