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Postby kensaundm31 » Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:24 pm

I've mixed a track entirely on headphones which I know is a big no-no. But when I get something I'm completly happy with I'll take my DAW to a studio and plug into their speakers.

So please could you give me some feedback as to what is wrong with the mix so I can be aware of how the headphones are mis-representing things.

Thanks.

http://www.filefreak.com/pfiles/49308/Bringer%20-%20Active%20Sense%20-%20TEST%20MASTER%20%20-%20320kbps.mp3
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Re: Headphone mix

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:53 pm

Sorry - that file comes up as '404 Not Found'.


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Re: Headphone mix

Postby Adji » Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:15 pm

same here friend, a 404 error
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Re: Headphone mix

Postby the craig » Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:33 pm


Working fine for me,i cant comment though as i know sweet fa about this type o' music,i will however add that the over the top distortion on the kik (i think) is doing the rest of the mix any favour's what so ever.
Infact(still listening as i type)have you limited the master buss? it is rather sqaushed up there if you know what i mean...
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Re: Headphone mix

Postby Skept » Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:38 pm

kensaundm31 wrote:I've mixed a track entirely on headphones which I know is a big no-no. But when I get something I'm completly happy with I'll take my DAW to a studio and plug into their speakers.

So please could you give me some feedback as to what is wrong with the mix so I can be aware of how the headphones are mis-representing things.

Mixing on quality headphones is something i do all the time, afterwards i will listen to it through monitors and adjust any obvious problems. Works out fine usually.

I listened to the test master but i cant tell if the problems are caused by a bad mix or a bad master. In a club situation the top end would rip your head off, bottom end needs a good tidy up too.

It would help if you posted an unmastered version. :)
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Re: Headphone mix

Postby kensaundm31 » Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:00 pm

Here's a more reliable link
http://www.fileden.com/files/2008/2/15/1760293/Bringer%20-%20Active%20Sense%20-%20TEST%20MASTER%20%20-%20320kbps.mp3

The unmastered version is nothing, I did all the sweetening and loudness on the master. Because even as audio mix I could'nt run enough plugins in realtime, all the compression and stuff was applied to the tracks off-line.

I used limiting and Sonnox inflator (post-limiter) that may be the cause of distortion, but I can't hear any distortion . (allthough there' is some wooliness to the kick which I would admit is over-compressed)
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Re: Headphone mix

Postby Spiros Firos » Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:08 pm

Sorry, but it's a ...mp3...!!!!
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Re: Headphone mix

Postby BenWeston » Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:13 pm

I'd agree with there being too much top-end for this type of music. It'll start to really hurt when pumped high. My next point is a matter of personal taste, like so much in music, but I think there's too much mid in the kick. I think it needs to be more 'subby'. Something like Waves MaxxBass would work well on it. Just my two cents.
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Re: Headphone mix

Postby kensaundm31 » Fri May 09, 2008 1:59 pm

That makes sense because my headphones underepresent the hi-end compared to my last pair.

And I kind of knew that the kick was a bit 'wooly'.

Thanks for the feedback.
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