At 5/29/12 11:24 AM, TheZaaL wrote:
Peaking above 0db creates distortion, not bass boost!! And of course I got a limiter on my master, what a question!!
If you have a limiter on your master to keep things under 0dB then you're still likely to clip in a media player, depending on sound drivers and other processing. Clipping can change the way sound is perceived in a bunch of ways. It's worth thinking about, like jpbear said it can just be the mix: if you start mixing again from the ground up so that everything stays under 0 without a limiter then you can maximise stuff and see how that goes.
Try this test: start with no limiter and just a basic kick drum pattern - if there's bass boost when you render THAT then it's probably the fault of the media player or sound drivers or anything that isn't you. Play it in a bunch of different media players, too. Hell, render it as a wave and listen to it in sound recorder. If there's no bass boost, keep increasing the complexity of the test song and trying it with/without a master limiter until there is - then you'll have a better idea of what's causing it.