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    1. It's weird if your DAW sounds worse after...

    1. It's weird if your DAW sounds worse after exporting. Investigating and testing is the right way to learn more, good job there. Sorry I don't have any answers for this.

    2. With the disclaimer...
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    First, don't be so rigid. It's good to keep the...

    First, don't be so rigid. It's good to keep the volume of all tracks low enough so as not to clip the master bus when they are all combined. But there is no magic number like -10dB that each...
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    The wobbly effect you're pointing out comes from...

    The wobbly effect you're pointing out comes from adjusting the resonance and frequency cutoff in a synthesizer. You can do this directly in a synthesizer, or you can apply it down the chain or to a...
  4. Most electronic music has very few recorded...

    Most electronic music has very few recorded elements. I applaud you for experimenting with analog recording, but most people stick to virtual instruments. My DAW doesn't allow for VST instruments,...
  5. In my opinion, and in observation of most modern...

    In my opinion, and in observation of most modern popular music, sparse mixes sound really good and are in style right now.

    However, three instruments is really, really sparse. Assuming you count...
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    Light compression and light limiting are okay....

    Light compression and light limiting are okay. Don't push it too far or the artist has less to work with.

    Use EQ only if it needs it. But you may have better results EQing each track in the mix...
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    With respect, I'm not sure the two replies you've...

    With respect, I'm not sure the two replies you've received are any help.

    Starr wrote some very helpful advice for ensuring your monitoring system has a good stereo image, which is separate from...
  8. You want the speakers in an equilateral triangle...

    You want the speakers in an equilateral triangle with your head. This is mandatory to get decent stereo imaging and any hope of a phantom center. It also sounds the best regarding frequency response....
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    If there is any merit to different keys sounding...

    If there is any merit to different keys sounding different, it's subtle enough for most everyone to miss. And even if this weren't the case, supposedly different keys have different emotions. Which...
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    Hey, RL40. Welcome to the journey. And don't be...

    Hey, RL40. Welcome to the journey. And don't be discouraged.


    A few thoughts:


    - Yes, the market is over-saturated. But there's room for you if you want there to be.

    - It's okay to try...
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    You mentioned a bunch of different workflows....

    You mentioned a bunch of different workflows. They're all valid for different purposes. I have a stove and an oven and a microwave. (And a crock pot and a rice cooker.) They're not redundant, but...
  12. With electronic music, the line between sound...

    With electronic music, the line between sound design and mixing is blurred, just as the line between musician and producer is blurred. It is very common for electronic music producers to completely...
  13. If the artist you're collaborating with is...

    If the artist you're collaborating with is planning to contribute musically, then send the whole session. Hopefully he uses the same DAW and has the same virtual instruments. There is benefit to him...
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    I listened to your tracks Petrichor, Twilight...

    I listened to your tracks Petrichor, Twilight Jungle, and Mountain 367. I have to say, I can understand why some fans might say that. Though honestly, some of the sounds you made are really cool. You...
  15. Well said, Chris. Does CLA need a mastering...

    Well said, Chris.


    Does CLA need a mastering engineer? Or the other legends of mixing? A lot less than you or I in regards to fixing issues, that's for sure. A big part of mastering is giving...
  16. Mastering isn't a program so much as a process....

    Mastering isn't a program so much as a process. Part of the process is to control the dynamic range of the song and to find the right volume for a song. But equally important is to fix any problems...
  17. On EQ: - EQ is a tool to fix frequency...

    On EQ:

    - EQ is a tool to fix frequency problems in your audio. This is critical for recorded sound, but less relevant if all you use are samples and synths, because synths come through clear, and...
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    Miscellaneous thoughts on using presets: -...

    Miscellaneous thoughts on using presets:

    - Using presents isn't cheating and doesn't make you lazy. Is a pianist lazy since he always uses the one "preset" his piano has? A saxophonist?

    - Like...
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    Scott, I usually start with the main song...

    Scott,

    I usually start with the main song itself, not the intro. Sometimes I start with the melody, sometimes I start with percussion. Which instrument you start on tends to change the outcome of...
  20. Cool song, and a cool video! Your general...

    Cool song, and a cool video!

    Your general sound is very raw and organic. That mixed with the style of music sounds very reminiscent of what was very popular in the US 10-15 years ago.

    What...
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