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

Patrick Shirkey pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Wed Nov 10 03:52:30 UTC 2010

On Sun, November 7, 2010 3:29 pm, fons at kokkinizita.net wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 07, 2010 at 02:52:57PM -0800, Patrick Shirkey wrote:
>> On Sun, November 7, 2010 4:11 am, Sampo Savolainen wrote:
>> > In your shoes, I'd measure the playback system and try to pinpoint the
>> > part which is causing the distortion. If you tweak your mix to sound
>> > good with the distortion your current system exhibits, the mix will
>> not
>> > sound like that anywhere else. So to make your mix sound good
>> > everywhere, you have to have a clean setup as a reference.
>> >
>> > (Note the word measure: this is the only way to get any sort of
>> > objective results. )
>> Ideally I would have some very good speakers to do this step but that is
>> not currently possible for me.
> You don't need very good speakers to do this. In fact it's more
> difficult the better your gear is.
> Most probably you have some distortion when playing back high
> (digital) levels. This could be your sound card, or anything
> after it in the signal chain.
> If it's your sound card, the reason could be too high analog
> gains (set either by the mixer app, or by HW controls), or
> just the card being crap. It's easy to test, and resolving
> this issue would clear up at least part of the fog.

I have uploaded a new mixdown which I think is the cleanest and most
psychedelic version so far.


I think this version proves that the exporter in ardour3 is not adding any
distortion, my sound cards are not broken and that spending some quality
time on the levels is a worthwhile exercise.

While the latter is a time consuming process ardour3 does provide the
tools to get the job done. I found myself looking at the levels on one
monitor and adjusting the region gain and track fader curves on the other.
It would be a much faster process if there was a visual reference on the
track editor for every peak that manages to go over 0db.


Patrick Shirkey
Boost Hardware Ltd.

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