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How can one tell whether his recordings have the sound quality necessary for radio broadcast, especially via the internet?
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Artist Page Send Message Nov 02, 2009 | 7:07 pm
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"his recordings" ? ... whose recordings ?
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Listening to and comparing to professionally recorded and mastered music in the same genre.
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Artist Page Send Message Nov 02, 2009 | 8:53 pm
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It's a labour of love where you keep taking your mixes to your car, to your boom box, to your ipod to your computer, home stereo, friends' cars, friends' stereos, etc, etc, to compare them to radio releases or other cds.

Be careful though - the "industry" is still over compressing everything so much there really is no dynamics in the music. Sometimes the quieter moments in a mix can get someone's attention. Think of Beach Boys records - Brian Wilson had a wonderful mixing palatte for those.

The shortest answer to your question is to take your recordings to a real studio for a professional mastering like I do and am sure other musicians who release stuff do.
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Artist Page Send Message Nov 02, 2009 | 9:16 pm
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Mastering.
Artist Page Send Message Nov 02, 2009 | 11:06 pm
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hrowland wrote:
How can one tell whether his recordings have the sound quality necessary for radio broadcast, especially via the internet?


You're acting as if the radio is the quintessential standard to strive for in terms of fidelity. What's played on today's radio is truly an auditory abomination. What should matter is how you (and perhaps those close to you whose opinions you value) think "his recordings" sound.

Who is he, anyway?
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Artist Page Send Message Nov 03, 2009 | 12:30 am
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Usually for radio or internet re-broadcast you should go through some sort of mastering process. After the final mix is finished and you export the final .aif you can use an application like Peak Pro from Bias to make adjustments like normalization etc. What broadcast is usually looking for is the levels to be balanced so that the "dj" does not need to ride the volume . gain level. There is also other considerations like compression - but it depends on the genre of music you produce. The rest is subjective.

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Richard
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Artist Page Send Message Nov 03, 2009 | 12:56 am
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usually save your file mp3 format at least 160kb then its down to production quality -

dont forget cd quality is 16bit NOT 24Bit
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Artist Page Send Message Nov 03, 2009 | 4:46 am
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Yep, I can only echo what the others here are saying... Mastering!
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Artist Page Send Message Nov 03, 2009 | 5:28 am
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In this day & age recording is finally available to the masses. It's a moot point here as to how one can tell whether his/her recordings have the sound quality necessary for anything? 90% of the music recorded today via home recording is a shot in the complete dark at best! Considering there is no basic hook involved or the complete loss of something as simple as a good melody line. Yet thats about the inside of the tune. The mix and mastering end of the recording is completely lost in a fog of the unskilled and unaware. Why go to an academy of recording arts and sciences and actually learn what the process is? Seems a load of people look for free things like recording software, loops, etc. to make what they do cheaper. Some have spent years and many real dollars nurturing the craft of quality engineering. You cant purchase that. You wont find it in a can! The best advice I can give you is. The more you work at learning which end is up, the better you'll be at making engineering decisions while recording in the first place. The reason most pro recorded studio music is so good the recording console (NEVE) alone is over$250,000.00 USD. Mikes are $1,000.00 and up to $10,000.00 (NEUMANN) and outboard gear like, TC Electronics and Avalon. It's hard to match that equipment with free software.
My point is: "You garner out of home recording what you put into it!" So throw down some cash and get to work....

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Artist Page Send Message Nov 03, 2009 | 10:30 am
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I am on a learning curve with this one too. Mastering is what its about and the volume level that a track plays back is starting point. I have a volume setting on my system (separates with good mid price speakers). that I use as a reference. CD’s vinyl, mp3’s itunes, radio and the soundcard all get played at this setting. I can spot commercial tracks that have been mastered “LOUD” and tracks that have too much bass. My recordings all get played through the same system on the same setting and this helps comparisons. All I know about reference speakers is that they are expensive so I don’t have any. I do operate a reference level on my car CD player but things get a bit more subjective when I play back stuff through boom boxes etc. Compression is the next magic word and I learnt a bit about this when I remixed Oye Como Va my latest posting. Hope this helps.
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So much to learn, so much to give, somewhere in between there are the masses of ears just waited to be fed. You know when most people are listening to stuff that was crafted at home on some old pc running Linux you gotta wonder but it sure does allow for creativity you know.

I almost never listen to the radio anymore, but yes I am just learning and sound levels are my starting point, so I bring this stuff into my Truck and see how the bugger sounds.

I found some of the Bass to be overpowering while at times some of the Hat and Cymbals put too much of a high tone so there is allot for me to learn but hey one day at a time.
Artist Page Send Message Nov 03, 2009 | 10:55 am
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It's sometimes complicated i'm sure but if you listen to the vocals and music long enough with your good ear, you'll get it right everytime.
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casinouncatorgorized wrote:
It's sometimes complicated i'm sure but if you listen to the vocals and music long enough with your good ear, you'll get it right everytime.


But always remember to use your good ear, not the other, bad one... Wink
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Artist Page Send Message Nov 03, 2009 | 12:55 pm
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Well my left ear is stuck in the Blues a la T-Bone Walker while my right ear is caught up in a tangled mess from Chemical Brothers to Depeche Mode and many in between.
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