I've gotten several comments about the quality of my music in the past year, but I didn't really notice anything wrong, per se. All my speakers and headphones are pretty shit, so that might factor in, but I cannot for the life of me figure out where these comments are coming from.

All I do is plug an aux cable into my prosounded DMG and play it through Audacity, making sure not to horribly clip the audio. That's how I've done it since I got LSDJ years ago. Am I missing something? How do you guys record your music? Do you do any post production to make your music really pop, or do you keep it totally authentic?

Last edited by SuperStranger (February 2, 2017 11:44 pm)

moved to the "audio production" section

to answer your questions: i'd imagine most people do at least some mastering after recording. for me, that means 3-4 passes of noise reduction (because i have good enough hearing to notice even a super low level of hiss and it drives me nuts), some EQ and mild compression (usually have the ratio at around 2:1).. when appropriate i'll multitrack things

Had a listen on Soundcloud, Ain't nothing wrong with those recordings.

That said, there are plenty of post-production techniques out there, if you want to get a different sound.

I'm a big fan of the Universal Audio stuff for post production. I usually start off with some eq, a bright but very quiet reverb to bring the raw chip sound into the physical world, then some multi-band compression, a little stereo enhancer, and finally a limiter. Following that, I normalise and trim the track in an editor.

That's my way of working, but there isn't a right or wrong way of doing it. Experiment and keep listening!

Before I could afford monitors, I used to mix and master on some HD25 headphones, they've got a pretty flat response and are great bang for buck.

SuperStranger wrote:

All I do is plug an aux cable into my prosounded DMG and play it through Audacity, making sure not to horribly clip the audio. That's how I've done it since I got LSDJ years ago. Am I missing something? How do you guys record your music? Do you do any post production to make your music really pop, or do you keep it totally authentic?

This will always be good enough for Chipmusic and anyone who expects differently doesn't understand what Chipmusic is.

Yes, it will seem like I am a hypocrite because I make complete pop productions now that probably sound nothing like chipmusic to anyone here, but I keep hanging out and sharing my stuff here anyway. I could tell you what I do to make blips sound like they are being played by a device in a room or how I get guitars and other sample instruments to blend, or you could look up other threads where I explained what I do, but I think you should only change if you want to. I don't think you should change your style to suit another person's expectations.

Last edited by chunter (February 3, 2017 3:10 am)

as loud as possible