Breathing life into the highs. please help

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  1. DYSRUPT

    DYSRUPT Active Member

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    So after a few years of training my ears, I'm starting to notice the details. ONE of which is, when I compress the master to glue it all in place, i notice i lose energy in the highs. well not energy as much as breathy space. it feels tight. mono, and. . . . well, compressed. all of my panning work done in mix down, goes to shit. then eqing after slightly to bring up the high shelf obviously sounds like shit because now I'm bringing up the compressed surgical frequencies that I worked so hard to find and cut in the mix down.

    is this where mid/side compression something I should get a grasp on? I never use mid/side compression because i feel like compressing the sides is not a great idea. But thats just lack of knowledge.

    Is mid/side compression, NOT even the answer here? am I over analyzing?

    Is this more of a fix with multi band compression, leaving the highs alone, or barely showing gain reduction?

    I could figure it out eventually, but I KNOW theres a right way to do deal with this and id rather spend time on music, than fiddle fucking with this any longer haha. thanks.
     
  2. Mania

    Mania i fukin wot m8

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    use an exciter for the highs and m/s EQ to clean the sides up.

    that being said ive never had issues with the tops on the master channel, if anything compression makes more smooth and sparkly
     
  3. GhostOfMuttley

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    compression shouldn't affect your panning unless the compressor you're using sums to mono

    how hard are you hitting it?
     
  4. Visions

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    The answer is simpler than you thought, don't take the life out of the highs and get it right at the mix.
     
  5. IV4

    IV4 Currently a newt.

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    I think, but am not sure, that when you use the master compressor the needle or whatever should not really move all that much try setting your threshold all the way down 0 and slowly start pulling it up. This is what I do in reason and noticed that it made the mix loud and clear and gave everything a kind of cohesion. To be honest thought I know the first thing about mastering.