Mastering does a little bit of everything to your track: limits the volume, exploits the track's dynamic range, adds sheen, etc. This is all done by strategic eqing, limiting/compression, and perhaps even some saturation to add a bit of edge and warmth. The key is how those tools are used. Because how quickly a tracks can sound like shit from improper mastering, it's best to let a pro handle it. Not too mention, a fresh set of ears on your tune can really aid in creating a great end result.
Where are you clipping? is it on a specific channel or is it on the master channel? if it is just on your master channel i would suggest just turning down the master channel. I think that if you turn down the master channel or turn down all your channels by the same amount it would stop your track from clipping, as i assume that the sounds that you getting are the ones that you are looking for. I used to place a limiter on the master bus to protect from clipping the master channel. this left my mixes sounding pretty average at best.
bus drums, turn down drum bus channel and everything accordingly, get this http://www.slatedigital.com/products/fgx/
EDIT: You should really also get this http://www.pspaudioware.com/plugins/...intagewarmer2/ and put it on the drum bus.
Last edited by equilibrium; 11-07-2012 at 06:01.
Why would do you not suggest turning down the master?
If your using logic a quick tip a mate showed me is in the Preferences change the metering from Exponential to Sectional Db linear. This changes how tracks analyse the loudness and will make each track louder so you can afford to have each track at a lower Db and avoid clipping.
Hope that makes sense and helps if you use logic.
1. turning down the master makes you lose the fullness and weight of your sound
2. its proper to learn how to mix so that you don't have to turn down the master, which is what headroom is
3. turning down the master lowers the volume level of your track and that can't compete with contemporary music
for instance, psp vintage shouldnt be on the master channel? i usually stick it on and i think its got some form of limiting along with it?