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Old 04-06-2015, 12:10 AM   #1
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Mixes in cars

While any music sounds better at home I have been checking out my mixes in cars lately and it's terrible
I can't exactly figure it out as I will go back and remix some things after listening in the car and the mix still sounds off when it sounds fine at home on headphones and monitors
And different cars make shit sound differently as well way more than commercial albums
It's mostly levels of tracks that seem off but also some transients seem terrible where some hats make my ears hurt and others loose their attack
Would some mastering help? Or just keep A/B in the mixes?
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Old 04-06-2015, 01:32 AM   #2
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Re: Mixes in cars

Mostly a going back and forth between your studio area and your car..checking to see if it is a mix issue or a room issue there you maybe have a few areas with some peaks and nulls.Outside the studio IRL listens at first are pretty much it.Once you really know your room and how it translates to the car then you can make any changes to mix that are needed.Once you really know how it translates then it is a matter of doing similar types of EQing/Comp on further mixes..Mastering can help with problematic areas to a point..depending on the material and the mix...

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Old 04-06-2015, 03:19 AM   #3
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Re: Mixes in cars

Don't just have it mastered! Keep listening in your car and get a good balance. Maybe before exporting from your studio you could throw on a limiter and bring up the volume to a more acceptable level in your ride but try not to change dynamics too much when doing so or it is worthless.

Mastering cannot polish turds and chances are if it sounds that radically different in your car from commercial tracks there our some definite issues going on. Just my 2cents ....what do I know really, I am still learning it all myself

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Old 04-06-2015, 07:39 PM   #4
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Re: Mixes in cars

The best practice is to get the mix to sound "ok" on each system you listen to it on, you will never get it to sound perfect. Its a compromise.

Reference not just in a car, but from your monitors, from different areas of your studio, on both your studio monitors, cheap house speakers, computer speakers and earbud headphones.

Try and get your mix to sound as detailed and full as possible across the board. Its annoying work, but unless you have a fully treated studio that you have been working in for years and know the sound perfectly then referencing in multiple locations through multiple sources is a must until you understand what it sounds like in the studio and how that will translate to another system.

the main issue sounds like an untreated room (maybe) and practice needed to train your ears to achieve the sound you desire compared to the sound you actually hear... if that even makes sense
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:09 PM   #5
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Re: Mixes in cars

Pretty much what everyone else as said...and I'll just add that I *always* check a mix on my car stereo...if the mix is going to fall apart on a sound system...it'll be the car.

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Old 04-06-2015, 08:31 PM   #6
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Re: Mixes in cars

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Pretty much what everyone else as said...and I'll just add that I *always* check a mix on my car stereo...if the mix is going to fall apart on a sound system...it'll be the car.
This seems to be the case for me as well as I was checking my mixes at home on computer speakers and ear buds and things were working way better on those than in the car
Oh well back to work on those mixes!
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:31 PM   #7
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Re: Mixes in cars

Also I guess it might be time to invest in acoustic treatment
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:10 PM   #8
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Re: Mixes in cars

I just always just do a final mixdown right in the car. I'll think I'll have it nailed on my monitors or headphones but once I've tweaked it in the driveway it sounds even better when I bring it back in.

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Old 05-06-2015, 10:41 PM   #9
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Re: Mixes in cars

This is where having your studio in your garage comes in handy, i'm thinking.
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Old 07-06-2015, 04:50 PM   #10
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Re: Mixes in cars

All fantastic advice already, mixes tend to be dragged out of the dark and into the light on car systems...though out of curiosity, does your car's stereo happen to have EQ settings? Just like a basic low-mid-high equalizer, some cars have got them. Might wanna make sure the problem isn't that you're accidentally pushing up the mids by +16 dB or something
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Old 09-06-2015, 06:09 PM   #11
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Re: Mixes in cars

I use my car to check mixes every day. It's a useful tool for hearing problems with the mix. It's good practice to take notes while listening so you don't forget about the parts you want to improve on are.
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Re: Mixes in cars

I use my car to check other people's mixes and they usually suck, too. Maybe I need a new car
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Old 09-06-2015, 06:11 PM   #13
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Re: Mixes in cars

Yeah thx I have def started doing that as well it's kinda tough tho I get to the point sometimes where I can't stand listening to my stuff.
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Old 09-06-2015, 06:53 PM   #14
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Re: Mixes in cars

This was (and still might be I'm not quite sure) a problem for me as well.
Then I got advice that high frequencies feel louder so they need to be brought down.
I hope I wrote it correctly

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