My exported projects are not as loud/hot as commercially released CDs.

Last updated on 3/22/2016

The information in this article applies to:

  • SONAR (All Versions)
  • SONAR Home Studio (All Versions)
  • Music Creator (All Versions)
  • Guitar Tracks (All Versions)
  • Home Studio (All Versions)

 

CDs released on major record labels are always “mastered”.  This is the final step before publishing.  It involves applying equalization and dynamic processing (compressors/limiters/expanders) to your final mix to add an even volume and “punch”.  You can certainly accomplish this in Cakewalk products, but bear in mind that it is a technique that is just as advanced as mixing. 

 

If you are looking for a quick solution, consider exporting your project to a single stereo wave file, importing it into a new project and applying a limiter.  This video will show you how to use Boost 11, the limiter that comes with SONAR Home Studio 6 XL.

If you would like to read more on mixing and mastering, check out our Mixing and Mastering guide here.

 

 

 

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