When I bounce my finished track, WHY is the volume so low compared to regular songs?

When Bouncing/Finalizing/Converting to wav. a finished track, the volume is LOW compared to all other tracks, lets say, my purchased iTunes songs for example.

Why is this?

 

Any solutions or knowledge regarding this?

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phazey 4 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Mark One
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    All of the above. The key to loud mixes is in the mastering. You should not use 'Normalise'. If you want your tracks to sound loud like this one I mastered myself in Ableton:

    https://soundcloud.com/dirtylookinmobiledisco/bare-attacks-sample

    Then hit me up for a free lesson :)

    http://www.facebook.com/TheLiveLab

    Mark

    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • fauves
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    3 years ago | 0 comments
  • scottiedo
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    Part of the modern mastering process is making music as loud as possible... Taking away a lot of dynamics.

    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • phazey
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    Thank you for the answer. What I did was this:

    1. Bounce track

    2. Load AGAIN into Live 9

    3. EQ it AGAIN

    4. turn OFF Normalize

     

    Result? --->>> Louder sound. 

    Other observations: It might be fine just to DEACTIVATE the NORMALIZE button when BOUNCING.

     

    Happy Music making and research!

    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • scottiedo
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    It shouldn't be louder the second time unless you are gaining up eq bands or gaining up the tracks volume.
    Normalizing just takes the highest peak and makes that digital 0.
    Part of mastering includes limiting. It allow you to turn up the gain resulting in a "louder" mix by squashing (limiting) the peaks.

    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • OfficialG164
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    3 years ago | 0 comments
  • DJ_Anthor
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    This is a good starting point, but always make sure you don't follow examples to the letter because there is no cookie cutter method for mastering. 

     

    https://music.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-master-a-track-in-15-minutes-or-less--audio-24

    I use Ableton Live 9 32bit and some freeware plug ins to master my own.

    I use the Utility Audio Effect (included in Live, not in tutorial above) to check mono by lowering width to 0% and to remove DC offsets and super low frequencies.

    Following the method in the URL above you should be solid in no time, just remember every song is different.

    Freeware I use: (google them)

    Molot03 VST

    TDR Nova VST (Two of these one for shaping, and one for cutting below 30hz, for cut just click HP on the device then right click the node that pops up in EQ and move node over to 30hz)

    ReaXComp VST

    A1StereoControl VST (Use Safe Bass mode and set it to 420 to keep bass frequencies in mono as to not confuse the bottom end)

    W1 VST  (This is the part when you worry about loudness)

    Voxengo Span VST (This is just for metering your results to have a visual view of them in the meters)

    Never mix on max volume, around 85db SPL is usually recommended for commercial. (Usually free SPL meters on Smartphones, link below helps with this.)

    http://www.playdotsound.com/portfolio-item/keep-it-calibrated-learn-how-and-why-you-should-calibrate-your-studio-monitors/

    Doing all of these things will get you results, but practice makes perfect, and remember were not making cookies here ;)

    - DJ Anthor

    https://www.djanthor.com

    2 months ago | 0 comments
  • Guy Brush
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    Simply load a limiter in the master track and turn up the gain!

    2 years ago | 0 comments

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