Low Mix Level!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by vm1971, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. vm1971 macrumors newbie

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    HI!!!
    im about to get Logic Studio...and im an experienced musician...so im used to recording, mixing, etc. i used to run an ADAT system and now im moving over to Logic.

    HOWEVER
    im entering a remix contest where Garageband is the weapon of choice. its not too bad, and kinda fun for a consumer app. [its v.3]... BUT - here is what happens after my meticulously EQ'ed tracks are all "mixed" to iTunes and then played in the iTunes app:

    1. the level is very low, compared to "real" songs in the library, and the overall EQ is much more high-endish. my master levels were set nicely...not too low but not pinning the red.

    2. when adjusted IN iTunes, [generic EQ, volume]..its still too low, but heard on the iPod its SO loud you have to half-cock the volume to avoid bloody ears.

    i want to WIN this damned contest and i dont want to be overlooked due to the shoddy "mix" ability of GB. what the hell can i do to make this final file sound good and at a comparable volume of normal releases? :confused:

    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! deadline is early december ...
    Vince
     
  2. Tarkovsky macrumors 6502

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    Audio hijack it out of garage band when you want to downmix perhaps?
     
  3. vm1971 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Mix Level

    how do u mean?
    i just did a goofy test with a crap loop... and it was fine. [im at work now]...so when i get home, im going to try what i JUST did and see if thats the fix. cause i DONT know if it makes any difference, but instead of "Send Song to iTunes" i chose Export to disk...and that opens in iTunes at the same "normal" volume of "real" releases in the library. [this is with my goofy test loop].

    do you think that has ANYthing to do with it? my guess is NO, but it seemed to work.... with the test file. the REAL test is when i get home to the remix.

    cant wait to go to Logic.

    ME:)
     
  4. Tarkovsky macrumors 6502

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    If you're monitoring it with itunes make sure you turn off the audio enhancer, volume leveling and push the volume to max and use you're other controls. In fact I think VLC is a better option.

    Edit - Audio Hijack is a bit of software that can record audio from other applications. You don't have to pay but it will add white noise after a few minutes.
     
  5. vm1971 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Lame Levels

    THANKS SO MUCH!
    yeah... i did all that. i kinda saw this coming going into it. and i think im over-analyzing it due to the fact that i just WISH i knew that the "judges" would play the track on a decent system - LOUD. its tight and sounds good. im still refining the final mix.... and will get it right somehow, ... THANKS GUYS!
    happy Turkey day, too. :D
     

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