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"diagonal clipping" in recent pop music productions?

This is just a limited (or clipped through distortion) sound wave added through the normal mixing process, to a lower frequency soundwave. I've created a simple example to demonstrate what I mean. ...
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Ableton Mastering: Is It Recommended That I Use Maximizers/Limiters Before Everything Else?

No, that doesn't make much sense. The point of a maximiser/limiter is to exploit the 0dBFS range as thoroughly as possible, but 0dBFS is only a meaningful range at the very end of the mastering ...
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Why some people high pass and low pass in final mixing? And why some don't?

Back in the days of analog & vinyl, rolling off the extreme bass frequencies had three primary reasons . No-one would ever hear it the needle would tend to get thrown out of the groove with ...
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is there a common low-end level for a song?

Here, is there any common low-end level that every song should has? No or Does it just set by ear? Yes. In fact, it should be set by ear, not by eyes. Don't bother with what the spectrum analyzer ...
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Getting a sub bass and a 808 kick to play well together?

One thing that would help us help you a lot better is you posting your kick+bass mix, and the kick and bass separately. That way we can solve the issue and tell you how we did it and what you probably ...
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Why some people high pass and low pass in final mixing? And why some don't?

In addition to jdlugosz's comment about its effect when the sound is reproduced (which should be an answer) it also provides additional headroom in the (digital) recording itself. The sub 30Hz ...
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"diagonal clipping" in recent pop music productions?

You will note that this emulates the effect of a DC blocking capacitor, in a record player on clipped vinyl... i.e. no 0Hz being passed. This waveform's clipping slopes exclusively the same way, ...
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What are important considerations when mixing and mastering a track for vinyl distribution?

This is a very big topic, I will start by redirecting you to a very useful site/article: Mastering for Vinyl from Recording magazine. Also I would like to state that I'm not a mastering engineer, I'...
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Can compressed music files be adequately recovered by remastering?

GIGO [garbage in, garbage out] does apply... ...however - a good mix, master or especially restoration engineer could pull apparent newness out of a low quality file - that's essentially the same ...
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Logic Pro X / Mastering / Volume / Soundcloud

"I mix everything as loud as possible". There is your problem. Right there. Mixing music is not about making it "loud". If you think it is, you are focussing on the wrong thing entirely. There are ...
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Mix sounds terrible in PC, while it actually sounded good with headphones in other devices

If you want to do good mastering you at least need to buy monitor speakers. That's my answer and will solve your problem. The following are just for discussion and will not solve your problem: Also ...
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Bassline Not Audible on Laptop Speakers

I found boosting the basslines in the 800hz area helps on laptops and only gives a little more clarity on other systems without making it overpowering.
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What are the correct audio levels for Voice and Music in a web promo video?

I find what coaxmw says to be true when I don't have a lot of music, so with primarily voice over. Regardless of Lufs and other standards for loudness, you should be mixing/leveling with your ears not ...
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Song mix sounds differently in computer and mobile phone

You have kind of answered your own question. You don't have monitors. The difference between monitors and home (Hi-Fi) speakers is that the first are designed to be as flat as possible. By flat we ...
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What are the correct audio levels for Voice and Music in a web promo video?

There aren't really an "correct" levels for the web. I will usually make the web version of commercial hit around -16 to -18 lufs throughout the spot with peaks around -2dbfs. It seems like most ...
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FLAC mastering best practices

FLAC is lossless compression. FLAC itself is compatible with the bit depth and sample rates of your studio masters. However, those listening won't always have sound hardware that are compatible with ...
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What's the standard RMS and peak level for ringtones?

I got the answer from Noikia Design Team: We usually master for "cd", around -10 RMS (or -14 RMS for softer songs) and peak at -0.2. We leave full bandwidth sound as it is, but apparently some ...
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Headphones for Mastering ?

Beyerdynamic 990'swould do the trick and should be in budget, they're open back so they sound pretty natural (the 770's are closed back and 880's are a semi open) and they're insanely comfortable to ...
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Why signal is overloaded when I use a low cut filter?

It is not inevitable, but nor is it surprising – yes, it would call it normal. "Low cut" doesn't specify what the filter does exactly. Better models will either give a whole bunch of possible ...
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Tips for Mastering my Track in Ableton Live

Ah the loudness war... Some of what you can do is in the mix... take out what you don't need. If you don't need above 400Hz in a pad, then cut below 400Hz on that pad. You might not hear a difference ...
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Mix sounds terrible in PC, while it actually sounded good with headphones in other devices

The problem is not gear... Several grammy winning mixers use the standard plugins that come with their DAW. Most likely the natural EQ built into the headphones has a boost in the low/low mid range ...
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How to use multiband compressor in Mixing and Mastering?

The concept of multiband compression can be easier understood when you think of them as multiple compressors packaged into one device. They are just like single compressors in the sense that they are ...
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Mastering for Android

The average frequency range (the linear portion of the typical frequency response curve for phone speakers) is about 500-5000 Hz (source 1, source 2), and one speaker manufacturer produced this ...
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Why does my sound so dull?

Vocals sound a little dry to me, maybe add some subtle reverb or delay. The method of EQing you're doing sounds right. Dullness usually comes from a lack of top end, maybe add a couple of DBs of top ...
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Why would different releases of the same song sometimes be out-of-sync?

It depends on how the "length" is measured. Exactly where does a song "end" that is faded out at the tail (as most popular music seems to be)? Or classical music where the venue ambience is included ...
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Amplitude Too Low?

From what I can tell your sources sound just fine! You should definitely not record "hotter", i.e. with more gain. And the mixes are in general balanced - I'd be a little harder with compressors here ...
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Can compressed music files be adequately recovered by remastering?

Mp3 is a lossy compression format, the removal of frequencies is permanent. There are lossless files such as flac files which 'pack' the file down to a smaller file size that can then be 'unpacked'. ...
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How to make tracks louder in Logic Pro X?

In Logic Pro, you have the option to normalize your track when you bounce. Normalizing is where the volume of the entire track is adjusted so that the loudest point is at full loudness (0dB), and ...
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