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Postby Modern Twist » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:42 am

like the others have said, medium volume it's the ideal while you working.. but it has to be dynamic, each sound that you adding to your mix should get the attention he deserves.. everytime when you add new sound, start working on it in medium volume and then try it on high / low volume, to be sure that is still sounds good.
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Postby milkwithbutter » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:14 am

i just mix w/ my headphones and i have the vol. at the max i'd ever listen to tunes regularly,,,,already gotten used to the low vol. of my mixes on my cans so there isn't a need anymore to turn up the vol.
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Postby RandoRando » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:02 am

Modern Twist wrote:like the others have said, medium volume it's the ideal while you working.. but it has to be dynamic, each sound that you adding to your mix should get the attention he deserves.. everytime when you add new sound, start working on it in medium volume and then try it on high / low volume, to be sure that is still sounds good.

ive never seen audio referred to with a gender :lol:
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Postby Modern Twist » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:16 am

RandoRando wrote:
Modern Twist wrote:like the others have said, medium volume it's the ideal while you working.. but it has to be dynamic, each sound that you adding to your mix should get the attention he deserves.. everytime when you add new sound, start working on it in medium volume and then try it on high / low volume, to be sure that is still sounds good.

ive never seen audio referred to with a gender :lol:



well.. english it's not my first language so whatever.. :lol:
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Postby hutyluty » Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:04 pm

Modern Twist wrote:
RandoRando wrote:
Modern Twist wrote:like the others have said, medium volume it's the ideal while you working.. but it has to be dynamic, each sound that you adding to your mix should get the attention he deserves.. everytime when you add new sound, start working on it in medium volume and then try it on high / low volume, to be sure that is still sounds good.

ive never seen audio referred to with a gender :lol:



well.. english it's not my first language so whatever.. :lol:


i pretend my tunes are women when I'm mixing down: Give her a bit more treble there, cut out the flabby mids etc

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Postby Mr 50 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:00 pm

Remember to keep it calm if you're regularly using headphones for producing / mixing.

Consistent loud headphone work is a one way ticket to fucked ears.

You don't want that.
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Postby dickman69 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:46 pm

too loud
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Postby jetpackjotto » Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:19 pm

I keep my volume at 11. :4:
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Postby wormcode » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:59 pm

Pretty much what Mad EP said.
My monitors have 20dB adjustment pot. I set them to 5 when I first got them and never touched it again. If I need to adjust, I use the mixer on my soundcard. I'd suggest finding a level on the monitors you are comfortable with and don't touch it. As already mentioned, louder will give you fatigue quickly, and it can often be a misrepresentation of the sound since your ears are tricked into thinking something sounds better because it's louder. Only time I listen really loud is when referencing on other systems.
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Postby Italus » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:29 am

I actually mix very quietly to make sure everything is leveled. If something sounds too loud I turn it down.
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Postby AxeD » Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:19 am

Not to advertise loud monitoring, but audio quality does increase when turning it up.
Just because -to the ear- it sounds like the frequency response will flatten out more. More bass basically.
The 'loudness' button on a hifi amp, tries to emulate this effect without increasing the volume too much.

Just protect your ears though. Wouldn't go over 90dbspl. Try to get a basic idea of your levels in dBs though,
percentages could come down to anything really.
I mix my own stuff on headphones and I feel that actually helps to keep the volume low. Just because it's close to your ear, plus you eliminate
weird freq dips caused by the room.
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Postby MaZa1 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:35 pm

Trying to keep the volume low, but sometimes i notice i have turned it too loud again..But when i add new sounds or do some changes i listen that part/the whole mix in high volume to really hear if its too loud compared to the rest of the mix.
I mix/produce with headphones but sometimes when im alone at home i use my stereo speakers and play the mix with med/high volume few times and just walk around the house to hear if something is pushing trough the mix too much or something isn't loud enough.
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Postby Sharmaji » Tue Sep 04, 2012 3:03 pm

aside from checking how the low end is working, i tend to listen really really quietly. like 60db. It's quite often i'm working w/ audio for 8-10hours at a time; anything louder gets to be really fatiguing.

once i've hit a point where i want some big-picture idea, i'll crank it up to something that feels loud and walk around the room. but that's maybe 15 minutes out of the day.

get to know your setup, where it masks or highlights things in the spectrum, and it'll be far easier to mix quieter.
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Postby Trible » Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:26 am

I turn my volume up all the way.
I usually end a producing session with raped ears and a migrane. :|
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Postby fuzion » Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:17 pm

siperdellyeer wrote:
fuzion wrote:I usually listen really loud but I found this on the Propellerhead reason website recently -

We love it loud, don't we? During the long hours of a studio session you turn it up a notch every time the ears have gone numb. It makes the music sound better, more powerful, and brings subtle details out in the open. A word of caution: Don't. First of all, the human ear has a built-in compressor/limiter that works in mysterious ways (part self-preservation mechanism, part imperfection); at near ear-splitting levels your ears will smooth out the roughness and give you the impression that the mix is reasonably balanced when it's not. The best way to discover if anything in the mix shoots straight off the charts is in fact to listen at very low levels. Only then will you discover that, for example, the bass drum is twice as loud as everything else. Another trick is to listen from a nearby room rather than being right in front of the speakers. Second, the louder the sound, the more bass you will hear - this is because the ear's response to bass energy is non-linear. Consequently, monitoring too loud will prompt you to cut away some bass when in fact you should leave it as it is, or even boost it.


could you post a link?


Sorry only just seen this, here: http://www.propellerheads.se/substance/discovering-reason/index.cfm?fuseaction=get_article&article=part3
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