[PD] Mixing ie how best to use the IN and OUT clip meters?

Andy Farnell padawan12 at obiwannabe.co.uk
Wed Jul 22 19:15:42 CEST 2009

this sorted everything for my digital mtering needs


On Wed, 22 Jul 2009 18:10:53 +0200
danomatika <danomatika at gmail.com> wrote:

> Howdy all,
> I've been having a fight with myself on how to best mix within pd. I'm
> constantly going back and forth between:
>      1. Keep everything and a lower relative so that the OUT never goes
>         above 100 and the CLIP box never goes red.
>      2. Follow my ears and make it sound good, ignore the OUT
>         box/button.
> In practice, following #2 yields much better sounding recordings, at
> least to me.  I'm definitely not clipping as there are not aliasing/digi
> distortion going on.  Viewing the file in Audacity mere shows the drums
> to be the culprit, but as they are so fast, I cant actually hear any
> clip.
> Generally, following #1 gives me good sounding mixes, but at way too low
> of a volume.
> How do you guys approach doing this?  I notice the IN and OUT meters are
> off by default ..., but I assume that's due to performance reasons. :D
> I mix everything through separate channels with [vu~]'s using [throw~]
> and [catch~] objects which are eventually combined into a left and right
> channel which are sent to the [dac~]. Does anyone have any other tricks
> such as using scopes etc to help?
> Alos, I keep setting the drums too loud over and over again. Yves, how
> do I properly use [compressor~], does [compressor~ 1] have it output at
> 1.0 or what?  I know it works but I don't really understand the -1 to 5
> range.  Does anyone have any good, fast tricks in pd for good sounding
> drum compression?
> ---
> Dan Wilcox
> danomatika.com
> robotcowboy.com

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