Using Audacity to EQ Mixes
July 12, 2017 at 4:27 pm #2588341James StaatsParticipant
I am new as you might imagine and I recorded my first mix. I used Audacity to perform some compression and Leveling to my mix but it still has some moments where the volume levels change drastically. It was from me lowering the volume from my monitors since I was recording this in my office while my kids slept lol. What tips/tricks are there to keep the volume levels stable? I thought the signal that was recorded from the computer was the channel inputs so even if you did the mix in your headphones it wouldn’t matter but guess I was wrong. Any info or help would be much appreciated!! Thanks in advance!July 13, 2017 at 9:31 am #2588421Chuck Van EekelenModerator
I would think that if you use the record option in your DJ software that, yes, you would have stable volume levels and they certainly shouldn’t be influenced by your monitors/master fader (assuming they are master output, not booth).
You can use any tool to EQ/post-produce/prep tracks/mixes for publication, but I’d say that a) Audacity might not be the best tool and b) mastering stuff is a specialty among sound engineers. It’s not a set-and-forget or use-default-settings thing.
There is good mastering software out there, but … expensive.
Without at least the basics of compression for example (5 parameters there!) it will be hard to get things to sound right.
Finally, you are a DJ and as such use prepped music. If you use anything remotely modern, not only will it be professionally mastered and EQ-ed by engineers, but it will be compressed to the hilt already. To then go and compress a mix even further is gonna have you end up with a sound as flat as a pancake and not sounding very nice. Tiring and boring comes first.
So, figure out how to do proper recording in your DJ software, keep an eye on channel gaining (0dB rulez) and only move your channel faders for mixes or for effect. This should give you a clean sounding mix. Don’t compress or EQ anymore. What you CAN use audacity for is to correct mistakes you may have made without having to redo the whole thing.
Clearly the Pro Mixtape course is THE place to go to get really serious about your mixtapes.July 13, 2017 at 3:22 pm #2588891James StaatsParticipant
Thanks for all the advice. I must have something not set up right then to record my mixes. I am using a Pioneer DDJ SX2 and Serato DJ. I just hit the record button and go lol. But there is definitely a volume change whenever I move the channel faders. I certainly need to get in on one of these courses for sure. Hopefully in the future I want to take the Production courses as well.July 13, 2017 at 8:17 pm #2589111Chuck Van EekelenModerator
Clearly the CHANNEL faders will affect your recording levels. Master level changes shouldn’t really I think (would have to check tough). Also the gain/trim level will change recording levels of course (this is pre-fader gain for the channels).
To avoid any problems, you could hook up your monitor speakers to the booth output. This has a separate volume control and will most definitely not interfere with recording levels and you can keep a 0Db throughout average recording level (First gain/trim channel when that is set to 0dB average fully opening your channel fader will give you 0dB to the master. Next play a track with full fader and set master level til the master level meter reads 0dB average as well).July 18, 2017 at 1:58 pm #2591461
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