[LAU] Music made with linux: Abundance - Ambient-Psy-Trance

Patrick Shirkey pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Sun Nov 7 11:37:48 UTC 2010

On Fri, November 5, 2010 1:20 am, Sampo Savolainen wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-11-02 at 21:45 -0700, Patrick Shirkey wrote:
>> However I swear that all I did was export the mix once with normalise
>> enabled (at 11:40pm on 31 October 2010) and once with it disabled during
>> day light hours on 01 November.
> I just downloaded the start of both original FLAC files (to about 1:40),
> exported to wavs and matched their gains, swapped the polarity of one,
> and presto: a combined signal at < -120dB. There are no differences in
> the mixes except overall level.
> So this proves two things:
>  1. You did nothing but switched normalization (at least for the part I
> tested) between the mixes.
>  2. Normalization works as expected: it only adds gain.
> Whatever differences you are hearing between the mixes is all in your
> playback system.

It think it is a bit more subtle. I have listened to the mix on several
systems now and have found that the overall levels are not exactly what I
am hearing when I listen with ardour. That could be partly related to the
exporter, my sound card which I am mixing on being a high quality audio
device and the general levels being just not quite right. I am working on
toning down the tracks that have become distorted in the export process.

Patrick Shirkey
Boost Hardware Ltd.

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