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    Export song as audio file and the various options

    Hello Matt and fellow Reason users, it's been a while

    Now that my home studio is (finally) done, i have rewatched all the "how to mix" video's to refresh my memory because i'm going to take my work back where i left it and it's about the mixing and mastering process. Also notice you added the last and final part of this how to, glad you did it.

    Let me say that your video's are amazing Matt, invaluable information there, pure gold. Even for someone like me which english isn't my native language everything is crystal clear and i love your way to explain things. I even learn a funny word "smidge" it always bring a smile to my face when you pronounce it

    So here's coming my question, i notice that when you exported the track you leave the standard settings which are sample rate, bit depth and dither checked.

    I didn't read too much yet about the different options here and while exporting i was expecting that you were gonna talk a bit about those ( maybe for a futur video ? )

    So i wanted to have your and any other reason user opinion about this subject

    Again thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge around
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    Hello! When exporting the mix for Mastering I leave all the settings as is to retain them as I go into Mastering. Changing bit depth changes the music which I save for the last thing or just let Sound Cloud or others do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    Changing bit depth changes the music which I save for the last thing or just let Sound Cloud or others do it.
    What do you mean when saying that you save for the last thing ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voyager View Post
    What do you mean when saying that you save for the last thing ?
    The last thing that I am talking about is:
    After I have Mastered the track or tracks I would than expert the music to a Bit Depth that I want for a given listening medium or just leave the music the way it is and let places like Sound Cloud do it for me. It all depends on what listening medium I will be using.

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    Ok thanks for the precision Matt, also i have another question but different subject.

    On your video "Learn to mix n°3 - Levelling" once you levelled your tracks at the end you put your master fader at -10dB to leave a 6dB headroom for the various effects to be applied and the mastering process.

    But i notice in later video's and while still in the mixing process you raise a bit your master fader. Any reason to that ?

    Actually from what i've understand and learn from other sources is that once you set your master fader after have made the "main" levelling process it's not recommanded to touch it anymore.

    So do this make sense ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voyager View Post

    But i notice in later video's and while still in the mixing process you raise a bit your master fader. Any reason to that ?
    What tutorial did you see this in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    What tutorial did you see this in?
    In the part 4 at the very beginning and also @ 11:41 you have your master fader @ -5dB and then when you unmute it goes down at -10dB again, don't know how because there is no automation on the fader..did i miss something here ?

    But then at part 6 @ 0:53 we can see that the master fader is set to around -5dB again.
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    While making the tutorial I turned off the BusComp by mistake , you can see this in tutorial 3 when I set it, in later tutorials I see that it is off and turn it on. The main output setting is never changed during the mixing phase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    While making the tutorial I turned off the BusComp by mistake , you can see this in tutorial 3 when I set it, in later tutorials I see that it is off and turn it on. The main output setting is never changed during the mixing phase.
    Matt,

    Still can't catch you. At the end of the part 3 and after you put the bus compressor on, you set the master fader at -10dB to make your headroom. So i guess -10dB master fader position should have been the initial position during the whole mixing process, right ?

    Then right at the start of the 4th part the master fader is at -5dB and i guess your bus compressor was still on. Part 6 the master fader is still at -5dB and even at part 19 it still at -5dB.

    Now after the part 3 you had always your bus compressor on right ? If so why you went from -10dB on your master fader to -5dB ?

    You also agree that once the main levelling process is done and we set our master fader for some headroom we shouldn't touch it anymore right ?

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    what is confusing you is I turned up the master output so we could hear the Raw Mix, Original mix..ect and compare them, this has nothing to do with mixing but rather just comparing the other tracks at a better level.


    I set the master output level and keep there for mixing.

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