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Listing #S220120ET meditation mastering

Post by CarlParadise » Mon Jan 17, 2022 2:44 pm

I am taking a shot at composing meditation music ...

Is it recommended to also do mastering, to raise overall volume level etc.? Or better to leave it softer?

Normally I master my rock/pop tracks, either with software or by paying an engineer to do it.

In this listing it seems the reference tracks may have been boosted a little at least, but I can't tell if it might've been different than a rock/pop process.

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Post by JaredHallock » Thu Jan 20, 2022 12:03 pm

I am following this conversation because I am wondering the same thing. I submitted a couple of tracks to those listings and I mastered them but didn't add much volume. I wish I had insight to share but look forward to reading what anybody else has to say!

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Post by CarlParadise » Thu Jan 20, 2022 12:46 pm

I'm also erring on the side of lower volume, and using the Ozone plugin mastering assistant to level the volume a bit throughout.

Using Youlean meter (post Ozone) the true peak is about -6.5 dB and loudness avg about -14 dB.

I will post one of my tracks after I submit so people can hear the levels.
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Post by CarlParadise » Thu Jan 20, 2022 2:00 pm

Slight clarification on average, as shown in Youlean:

Avg dynamics about 14.6 LU
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Post by CarlParadise » Thu Jan 20, 2022 11:49 pm

I submitted 2 instrumentals and left the levels low with minimal compression.

Two songs currently on my TAXI artist page, see my signature.

Moon Rise
Soma Time
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Post by Donnalyn » Fri Jan 21, 2022 10:21 am

Hi Carl,

Great minds think alike - I see we submitted tracks with pretty much the same name! I called mine Moonrise, one word. I listened to yours. Very nice! Now I'm wondering if I made mine too loud. Guess I'll find out when I get feedback!

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Post by CarlParadise » Fri Jan 21, 2022 10:34 am

hi Donnalyn, thanks for the kind words!

ha ha!
they probably get a thousand submissions with the same 3 names over and over! (namaste?)

I was happy with my mixes until I tried the playback from my profile, then they sounded too harsh in spots, esp. Soma Time. Lesson learned, always need to go listen to the mix on a couple of other devices. Also try not to submit at last minute.
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Post by Donnalyn » Fri Jan 21, 2022 10:49 am

I'm sure you're right about common titles - especially for meditation tracks!

Definitely a good idea to listen on different devices. When I allow myself sufficient time (which I didn't yesterday), I like to listen on headphones, laptop speaker, cell phone, and then car speakers. It's interesting how often I've found a difference in the car!
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Post by funsongs » Fri Jan 21, 2022 12:04 pm

Also a +1 for listen on multiple devices, including the car.

Just in general: if you have the gear/time/budget (whatever) to improve your track before submitting it -
and making it sound like it fits alongside the reference tracks - why wouldn't you do that?
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Re: Listing #S220120ET meditation mastering

Post by CarlParadise » Fri Jan 21, 2022 12:11 pm

yes, normally I always check on the car stereo, which exposes eq and mix issues quickly... but I ran out of time last night. Actually I wrote 3 pieces but held 1 back because mix wasn't ready in time.
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