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  1. Dear all, Goodday. I was watching youtube video and it recommended to set stereo and master fader level to 0db. My question : 1. i dont see a stereo fader in cakewalk, i only see a master fader in my cakewalk. Is it necessary to have a stereo bus? The youtube video recommended leaving enough headroom. My question: 2. Does it mean the master fader level shouldn't be set at exactly 0db, maybe should set at say -4dB to leave headroom? what is the recommended headroom and how to decide how much is headroom required? 3. To start the volume mixing, does it mean i first set the master fader level to 0dB (or let say -4dB for headroom?) first ? And then slowly bring up all other track fader in my mix to achieve the volume mix that i want? 4. In the mixing volume level pane, there are 3 colors, green, yellow and red. Does yellow mean bad? Must we maintain green for the entire track? Thank you all. Kind regards, Lum
  2. Goodday, Just to share what i found. Found this limiter that comes with ceiling and threshold. Measured with loudness meter and the VST did what it supposed to. Thank you
  3. Many thanks to Starship et. al. for all your valuable input 😇
  4. Dear Starship, Many thanks for your reply as usual. Vocal comping/cleaning took a huge amount of time because of the mobile microphone that i use. Will definitely buy a microphone next time. I de-essed using melodyne during the trial period. I even paid someone on Fiverr.com to clean my tongue/saliva voice because it is just hidden within my vocal, and i tried spectral editing with audacity but i just couldn't find the spectrum of the tongue/saliva noise, so i had to pay someone to do it. Will definitely buy a microphone for my next singing. Thanks for all your other advice. In the meantime, i am learning to do mastering/mixing through watching youtube. You mentioned "Disable the Windows Sound Enhancements on your system and get VLC Media Player and MusicBee so that you can hear in great detail what your music really sounds like. Windows Media Player puts processing of its own on your files as it plays them. Music Bee can use WASAPI or even ASIO mode just like Cakewalk to use your computer's audio output device more directly. My next, easier, bit of advice is to start mixing (and listening) using your Sony headphones. The XBR450's are designed to have hyped bass (eXtra B*****)" But using the extra bass headphone will distort the "what my music really sounds like" isn't? Thank you all.
  5. Dear All, Goodday. I am looking for free Limiter VST with ceiling and threshold feature, i found one - Maxwell Smart but it does not support 64bit windows. Other VSTs come with threshold but not ceiling, anyone could recommend any? Thank you
  6. Dear all, Goodday. I watched youtube videos and the application of compressor seems to be limited to only apply as FX on vocals. I wonder if it make sense to use compressor on master bus? to smoothen the volume of the entire mix. Thank you
  7. Dear Starship, Many thanks for your detail reply. I use my android mobile phone (using woMic app) microphone to record my vocal. For monitoring of my cakewalk while making music/mixing, i use my in-ear earphone. Regarding the playback on my edifier (using cakewalk DAW , using windows media player and also playback on bandlab website that i uploaded), the entire mix sound harsh, muddy. The rest of your comment is very advanced and high level for me, i have to digest slowly. Thank you.
  8. Dear Kurre, thanks for your comments. How do i check my onboard soundcard and separate/enhancement settings? For your info, for edifier playback of mp3 songs by other artists, they are playback on windows media player connected to the edifier using aux cable. Thank you
  9. Dear Kurre, Thanks for your comment. I can't remember the exact model of my edifier, but it can connect to my PC by either bluetooth or Aux cable. For playback of my cakewalk mix, i use Aux cable. Thank you.
  10. Thank you so much, as a beginner i did not know that audio interface and studio monitor are required. Thank you!!
  11. Dear All, Goodday. I found a problem when i try to playback using 3 different gears that i use to enjoy music. My notebook is Dell Windows 7 that i bought in 2011. My cakewalk is version 2020.01. Below are the gears i use: 1. sony in-ear earphone(price USD8.00) - insert into my notebook sound output jack 2. sony headphone (price USD40.00) - insert into my notebook sound output jack 3. Edifier PC speaker with subwoofer and 2 satellite speakers (price USD50.00) - connect into my notebook using Aux cable that comes with the purchase of Edifier speaker For my exported WAV (as attached) , playback in windows media player (version 12.0.7601.24460) and also playback in Cakewalk DAW , below are the result of playback using the gears above: 1. good 2. good 3. bad - vocal and instruments sound bad However, mp3 songs by other artists that i downloaded from internet plays perfectly on 3 gears. What could be the problem? My edifier PC speaker is not faulty, as i also use my mobile phone bluetooth to connect to edifier PC speaker to listen to spotify and other radio apps and it sounds good. For your info, i didn't use any FX or EQ or compression. Also attached is my mixing pane. Could it be my master volume is too low? If i turn it up it would be too loud for my ear using ear/headphone. I uploaded to bandlab for mastering and playback on bandlab website also gives same result i.e. sounds bad on the edifier PC speaker. Thank you. forum.wav
  12. Dear All, Goodday. Many thanks for your reply. I realized i used the wrong bit depth for exporting initially, i chose higher than 16 bit. My initial thoughts were higher bit depth means higher quality. Using 16 bit to export it as WAV and playback in windows media player (version 12.0.7601.24460) and now it sounds similar to playback. Thank you.
  13. Goodday, My exported song in WAV format sounds different from playback in Cakewalk. During playback, it sounds awesome. But the exported song in WAV sounds muddy, the bass are heavy,...everything is horrible. How to fix this? Thank you
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