Should I use Limiters when I am making my song or should i turn down the volume?

I notice when I finish a song that i have a lot of limiters so nothing is redlining but I have been told that the best option is to turn things down and eq them because limiters can reduce the quality of the sound when exporting for mastering (which I have noticed when i export usually everything is extremely quiet)

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jakeharris08 3 years ago | 0 comments

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  • michael.j.mclaughlin20
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    I always just turn down the volume, especially before giving to someone to mix. This way, they can do all the adjustments yourself. If you are a bedroom producer, I would say try mastering each track individually instead of trying to do it at the end in the master channel. If you go back into each track and compress, limit, expand, eq everything in the beginning when you really should, then you should end up with a smooth mix, and only need to use a brick wall limiter to take out the extra stuff.

    Personally, I try to stay away from brick wall limiters, unless I want a specific sound... which I rarely do.

    3 years ago | 0 comments
  • Near Earth Object
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    I wouldn't try working on every track separately either. Like most producers will tell you: it doesn't matter how every track sounds on itself, as long as the mix is correct. So start with eq, some extra fx where necessary, and do the final mix last.

    3 years ago | 0 comments
  • michael.j.mclaughlin20
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    Wait, what? totally not true. If you put crap into your master mixer, you are going to get crap out.

    If you compress and eq each track before it gets to the mixer, even out your stereo image, and have generally constant volumes coming out of each track all you will need at the end is a little bit of finishing. If you can do everything earlier down the signal chain, the better off you will be. After you mix everything together you have to change the signal more drastically than if you had done everything for each individual part.

    I am saying take out / add / change everything you don't need / need / that should be changed before you get to the master channel so that you can start and end with a clean mix.

    3 years ago | 1 comment

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