At 12/18/12 07:25 PM, jpbear wrote:
should i make the mids TOO loud (on neutral systems) on my tracks?
What I started doing the other day is chuck an EQ on the master when mixing, and bandpass around 100hz-15khz. I keep it disabled most of the time, but when I want to make sure the meat of my track will translate well on most systems, I enable it.
As for making the mids too loud, I don't know about that, but just make sure they don't get overrun by the highs (like you wouldn't already know that). Have you ever brought in a recent EDM track into your DAW and chucked a spectrum analyzer on it? The loudest part of the frequency spectrum in electro tracks these days is definitely in the low end. The mids and highs are usually pretty even (depending on the track, of course).
When I got my Yamaha MSP5s, which have a really good high end for monitoring, I'd get a track really loud without being squashed to hell and be like WTF THIS IS AWESOME I'M WINNING LOUDNESS WAR! Then I realised my highs were way too loud compared to the mids, and it sounded bleh on my headphones, and I'd imagine on most systems. In fact, when the mids are nice it definitely does sound better on my monitors, it's just that if most of it is up in the higher end, my speakers will hear it clearer than most systems.
The main thing is to make sure that the lead synth/vocals are clearer than anything else. When I do remixes for contests, I usually hear that my mixes have way louder vocals compared to most other tracks. But that's what people want to focus on: the vocals; not the complex synths or drum riffs I got coinciding with the vocals.
I do find it ironic though, that you're asking this question, coz I got two of your tracks in my iTunes library, French Poop Yummy and Jelly. The mids are really nice and thick and I'm like "how the hell did he do that?".