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Hello
I 'm useing a cakewalk program, guitar tracks pro 3.
I can get a pretty good mix , but my final track just sounds
weak . if you play it in your (say) car you have to turn the volume up higher than normal . Can anyone help with this problem?
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Your problem is that mixing is not the final step in teh production of a record. After mixing there is a process called mastering which aims at making a good souding record whatever the system you play it on is.
I'm sure there are people on the forum who know alot more than I do about mastering. It is often overlooked by home recording enthusiasts but is really important.
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Thanx for the reply
now if I mix everything to one track then compress eq and so forth then normalize, would that be considerd mastering?
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well you need to bring up the overall final sound level, some people so hard limiting, where the highest point on a track peaks at -.1dB
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Quote: Thanx for the reply
now if I mix everything to one track then compress eq and so forth then normalize, would that be considerd mastering?



Mastering is the final stage where a mastering engineer does over all compression, EQ and limiting to the final mix. This gives it a lot of the bigness that you hear on commercial records and helps it trnaslate well on many systems.

You can do it yourself, but its a really good idea to get an experinece mastering engineer to work on your material. I have made hundreds of records and my most important records ALWAYS go to a real mastering guy. There is some software and such that can do an OK job of quickie self mastering but I recomend that you process sparingly if you use them.