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    Do you AB?

    When you are designing sounds or mixing or mastering...

    ... do you load in a reference track and compare your sound/mix/master to it?

    I don't; because I can be bothered. Lazy old Badger. It's too much of a faff.

    But I might if I had this plug in from Sample Magic:



    It costs 25.

    http://www.samplemagic.com/details/184/magic-ab

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowWarrior View Post
    No not really. I have no reference track.
    You surprise me SW. Your mixes sound very full and lively from what I've heard. You must have good ears!

    Well, if you ever do want to AB to a reference track. Then this plug in looks like it makes the process really easy.

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    Fair enough bro.. but others might find this pluggy useful.

    I don't AB enough, which is prolly why my mixes sound like shit.

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    Actually i don't AB, tho i know i should.

    My main problem is, i do not own many cds and using some compressed audio like mp3 as reference surely sucks.

    I once tried the old Steinberg Free Filter, which allows you to "copy" the frequency settings from a source track to your own track. I was amazed that it made my track sound so much better, even tho the source i used was only an mp3!
    I think Ozone does offer the same feature.

    That's not AB listening, but it showed me that there can be done a lot, when tweaking the freqs

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    I think A/B comparison only has a value if the music I am comparing mine with was recorded using the same equipment. With sampled music might be different but, in my case, how useful would it be to take a recording I made of my acoustic gtr. using a SE1a pencil mic fed into a Focusrite preamp and A/B it with a CD recorded using god knows what guitar and what equipment. Each ring of the recording chain add it's own tonal imprint wich results in the finished recording.

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    yeah I've always wondered the same thing moose

    I do load up reference tracks when things get tricky...I just load it up in a wave editor though not sure I need the plugin...cause without same sources I'm not sure it's that fair?

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    My way to A/B, if you like, is by having a sound in my head which I strive for.. a sort of idea of how things should sound like when finished. This obviously comes from listening to other music that I like. When I hear a song with a sound to die for then my brain sort of records the event.
    "I like how this sound" sort of thing.
    This expedient will then influence my choices when mixing down and mastering because I will costantly compare what I hear in my mix with the memory of "what sounds right".

    Hope this makes sense because I was trying to explain it to myself as well as writing it here

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    Makes sense alright



    and sounds good to me...I do similar when I can

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