mixcraftquestion wrote:Hello, when I mix down to a wav file (24 bit 44,100 Hz), the volume level is considerably lower than that of the project. If my Windows sound level is at 25 when I'm working on the project in Mixcraft, I have to jack it up to 32 when listening to the wav file, which is much higher than I typically set it (any other song would be way too loud at that point). I'm pretty sure 44,100 is the right setting (if I do 48,000, the electric guitar gets wiped out). I use ASIO4ALL.
I know that when mastering I can use compression on the .wav file to boost the level, but that will diminish the dynamics, so I'm just wondering if I'm setting something wrong, or if this is a normal part of the mixdown process and compression is the way to go (and if this is the case, how do I retain as much of the dynamics as possible?)
The loudness of your project playback and the loudness of the exported project wav file playback aren't really related. The nearest you can get to being similar is to make sure that the master project slider is set at the default 100% setting. Double click the slider itself to reset to default.
When you are mixing/mastering, the volume that you listen at is not important, you should be focusing more on getting the outputted wav as close as you can to 0db without clipping.