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Going Louder (Mixing vs. Mastering)
Old 27th September 2010
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Going Louder (Mixing vs. Mastering)

Hey people, I'm trying to figure out how to make my tracks as loud and in-your-face (Top 40s-style) as possible. I know this is not musically the best choice, but the fact remains...

I'm coming close-ish. I have a track similar to Kesha's "Tik Tok" and I want it to be equally as loud/present. It has been mastered by a trusted friend, but it's still not quite there. Here is my comparison of the two songs:


Anyone have any input on whether my mix needs to be better, or the mastering job - or both? I'd say the compression/limiting needs to be pushed harder in the mastering process, but maybe my mix isn't leaving room for that. Thank you for any advice!!!
Old 27th September 2010
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This difference is tik tok is distorted, and yours is not.

So just be happy with that yours is plenty loud enough.
Old 27th September 2010
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It's definitely one of those 'and if the next guy jumped under a bus, would you follow?' type-o-situations.
Old 27th September 2010
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Originally Posted by huejahfink View Post
It's definitely one of those 'and if the next guy jumped under a bus, would you follow?' type-o-situations.
And it's definitely a "yes" answer.

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Old 27th September 2010
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It's more the mix but the master could be better too.
Based on a very quick listen, I'd say the following. Your bassline lacks harmonics and is too quiet. Also your kick is a bit too tubby and lacks high mids. That's why it doesn't seem to respond well to the limiting at all. The problem would probably get even worse when raising the bassline level so either go in and eq the kick heavily or add another layer on top of it or just replace it all together.

Apart from the low end i think your mix sounds pretty good.
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