The LOUDNESS Course is designed to teach you the mixing and mastering techniques necessary to achieve dynamically loud masters for streaming services and direct sales. Loudness is more than a meter reading, it's about the perception of the listener. The more clear, solid and focussed a sound is, regardless of dynamic range, the more perceptible it will be to the listener, regardless of listening environment and medium.
This class starts by defining loudness. and demonstrates the most common fundamental mix approaches used to create loud mixes.
Loudness Mixing Technique #2: LCR Mixing
All frequencies are not created equal. Each frequency area has a specific role to play in the perception of loudness and must be processed accordingly.
Compressors are the most powerful tool for controlling the dynamics of music. This does not mean you are necessarily removing the dynamic, but rather, making the dynamic more perceptible by making it more consistent.
Tape saturation is a powerful way to preserve warmth and dynamics while achieving loudness characteristic. Distortion processing expands on the creative processing techniques realm.
Achieving depth with effects is vitally important step in the process of creating a loud mix and master. Whether, wet or dry, the depth created with effects will help to preserve a vital dynamic to keep you mix sounding alive.
One powerful way to achieve loudness while maintaining control of the dynamics of your mix is to use parallel processing. It allows for quick adjustments to your loudness approach without deconstructing the mix.
Mix stem and Mix Bus processing are the final stages before mastering and the best place to pull together all of the loudness work from the previous techniques. There is always room for loudness here if you need it.
Whether you are mastering your own work or not, you must understand these essential mastering techniques. Processing at this level is very different than on the stereo mix buss and it will help to solidify the mix and meet your loudness target.