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Low volume on finalized songs.

I recorded several songs on my Tascam DP-02. The sound quality of each song sounded great on the sound system I have connected to the unit. I did the mix and burned the songs to CD. Whenever I play the CD in the car or computer, or any other CD player, the sound is really low and I have to turn the volume up a lot! I had recorded each track at a good level and when I did the final mix, the master volume was set high also. What can I do to improve the volume?

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  • quirkysongs Feb 16, 2009

    hi joyce! ive been having the same problem with my tascam. after recording and finalizing to cd the volume is so soft that i have to turn the stereo volume ALLLLLL the way up to hear it... and still its too soft! have you had any luck fixing this problem?

    i went out and bought a 200 dollar pre-amp and it doesnt seem to be working out for me. do you or anyone out there have any more suggestions on getting more volume out of the finalized cd?

    i appreciate your help-

  • Keb Wo Feb 25, 2009

    Same exact problem as Joyce.

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There's not really any magic fix to this as far as I'm aware. I usually don't burn CD's from my Tascam directly, but export the mix to the PC and do final touches and burn from there. I don't typically normalize though and the levels are what has come out of the Tascam. I do however use compression on many of the tracks (and sometimes on the whole mix) before exporting which will squash the peaks and lows together and thus give you an overall higher volume with your level meters peaking in the normal place you're used to.

There are other factors like EQ without which a mix can sound too loud and perhaps cause you to lower the levels when really things in the mix just need to be allowed to sit in different EQ bands.

Compression is the key though. Unfortunately even well recorded instruments and vocals naturally contain wide fluxuation in terms of lows and highs and these need to be smoothed out in order to obtain anywhere near the volume of a commercial CD. With compression alone the result may still fall short as the use of pro quality mastering effects can really make a world of difference to overall percieved volume as well.

Hope this helped

bd.


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