I used to have my ears trained to hear clipping and other frequencies that I didn't need in my mixes, but recently I have become unconfident with all of my mixing. Just looking for some advise as where to approach a good mix. Here are some things I already do.
-Always highpass/EQ uneeded frequencies in drums, percussion and percs.
- Always lowcut 0 - 30/40Hz on the master EQ and highcut highcut between 16000Hz - 20000Hz
- Sidechain bass to make room for the kick
- I use a soft clipper on all of my mixer tracks.
- Use a compressor to make my kicks and drums hit harder without tweaking the volume too high on the mixer and samples
Those are just some of the basics of what I do but I seem to keep having trouble making my mixes somewhat louder without clipping. I have tried some mastering plugins but most of themm kill my pc such as iZotope Ozone. I like the layout of the plugin but just want something a little more conservative. I thought about trying out Maximus which seems nice but I already know all of you are going to recommend iZotope Ozone.
My current method to finalizing my mixes is the multiband compressor which isn't that bad either. But I know I could be using something way better.