In Chapter 9, you looked at recording your first Ardour session, with drum, bass, synthesizer, and guitar tracks exported to a stereo WAV file. If you burned your exported file to an audio CD and tried it on your stereo, then unless you’re a naturally talented sound engineer, you probably found that it sounded quiet and, in subjective terms, lacked clarity and punch. This is most likely because you’re comparing it to the commercial releases you’re used to hearing on the radio, on TV, or on the Internet, which have gone through a lot of sonic mangling to make them sound that way. Since the 1950s, popular music producers have used ever-greater amounts of analog (and now digital) processing to make their recordings stand out from the rest.
KeywordsFree Software Digital Audio Pulse Code Modulation Track Marker Gain Reduction
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