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how to master songs

Post by grillzman859 » Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:56 am

excuse me i just wanted to know how to master songs on Mixcraft
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Post by Jim Lad » Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:50 am

Mixcraft has everything on one page.
Simple and easy to understand.
What you're looking at is the mastering suite if that's what you're asking.

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Post by grillzman859 » Tue Aug 18, 2009 2:20 pm

like im wonderin how to make my vocals sound fuller while keeping the beats sounding great with it what would be your advice to that
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Post by Jim Lad » Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:50 am

Depends on the song.
A little Compression. (Acoustica Compression default)
Acoustica EQ (Vocal Presence Boost)
A little reverb. (Less than anything else except your acoustic guitar) puts you up front.
Something like that.
Or go into one of the demo songs "Crazy About My Baby" and listen to the vocalist. If that's the sound you want, open up the effects on his track and copy them. I'm no rock fan but that particular demo is perfect. Try other demos too. Look at the levels and effects to see how they did it.
Does that help?

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Post by grillzman859 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:20 am

yea that really helps thanks
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Post by Acoustica Eric » Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:53 am

Putting a stereo simulation VST on a vocal track makes a huge difference. Try it, you'll probably never mix down again without it.
There are some freebies out there like widebug here http://www.betabugsaudio.com/plugs.php
Wide Boy here http://www.elevayta.net/product9.htm
StereoFaker here http://www.kvraudio.com/get/726.html

And then of course the best (IMO) compressor for any vocal situation which is not free but well worth the money, VocSteady here http://www.gogma.com/diverse/vocsteady/ ... mondigital

Or a freebie which is not as easy to use or as good results, Steady here http://rekkerd.org/terry-west/

Last but not least, my ever growing list of VST's at http://www.demondigital.com/backstage/plugs.php

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Post by Gman » Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:02 pm

Hey Eric - Long time.

How does the stereo simulation VST differ from duping the vocal track with a delay and then setting one left and one right? The individual tracks give me allot of control.

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Post by Acoustica Eric » Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:06 pm

You could do it that way too, I used to on all my recordings until I found the stereo sim vst's.
I guess the difference is you are not weighing down the project/cpu with another track to play and render. Lets say you have a parametric eq, a 31 band graphic, compression, verb, delay all on the vox track. If you duplicate it, that is a lot more to render than just adding one more vst to the one track.

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Post by Gman » Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:11 pm

Got it-

The effect is pretty much the same, I'm just going about it the manual way. I don't seem to have processor issues unless I do allot of pitch shifting. Then again, most of what I do stays under 20 or so tracks.

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Post by Acoustica Eric » Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:13 pm

Yeah if you like doing it manually then more power to ya! :-)

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