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Unlocking Louder Mixes: Essential Techniques for Clear, Dynamic Music Production
Discover essential techniques for achieving louder, clearer, and more competitive music mixes. Learn about aggressive mixing, mastering with bus processing, and using limiters effectively.


In the realm of music production, getting a loud mix is integral to the final output. This is not about cranking up the volume to an earsplitting level; it's about being able to deliver a clear, dynamic, and professionally sound mix that can compete with other music in the marketplace. A louder mix offers a well-presented piece of music that provides an immersive experience that captures listeners' attention.

Regardless of the genre, achieving a louder mix is a quest embarked upon by every music producer or sound engineer. While the methods may vary, the end goal remains unchanged: a quality mix that stands tall amongst past, present, or future records. The key to achieving this lies in mastering the tools and techniques necessary for a quality loud mix.

Two approaches to achieving louder mixes

Approach 1: More aggressive mixing during the session

Some artists have managed to achieve loudness by opting for more assertive mixing during the session, without heavily depending on stereo bus processing. This means they push their faders higher and more than usual during their mix session. This method is favored by industry professional Sean Divine, who suggests it as an effective way to ensure a louder mix.

While this approach does help in achieving louder mixes, it's also crucial to use stereo bus processing. This ensures that your mix doesn't clip while also enhancing the overall sound. The objective here is to strike a balance, ensuring the mix is pushed to sound loud without losing its clarity and dynamics.

Approach 2: Heavier bus processing during mastering

Another approach is to rely more heavily on bus processing during the mastering phase. This involves leaving headroom during the mixing phase and getting the desired loudness levels during mastering using adequate bus processing.

To ensure level consistency and understand the dynamics of your mix, using limiters during the mixing process is recommended. While this does not essentially make your mix louder, it digs the path for a louder and cleaner master.

Understanding and experimenting with limiters

A vital aspect of achieving louder mixes is understanding and experimenting with limiters. It's crucial to consider the transparency of limiters and their impact on dynamics, as they can significantly affect the perceived loudness of your mix.

Every instrument responds differently to limiters, especially the drums. For the maximum impact, understand the effect of a limiter on each instrument and tweak accordingly. Sean Divine recommends experimenting with the Ozone Maximizer module from the Ozone Advanced suite as it offers a versatile range of features ideal for understanding limiter functioning.

Mixing into a limiter for safer and louder mixes

Mixing into a limiter can be a game-changer for producing louder mixes. This approach prevents your mix from clipping whilst ensuring a competitive level during the mix-down phase itself. You deliver a mix that has already been processed to sound loud and clean.

One of the benefits of mixing into a limiter is that it enables you to maintain the same sound even when sending your mix to a mastering engineer without the limiter. As a result, you retain full control over your final product, guaranteeing a mix that matches your vision.

Importance of choosing level preferences for artists

Every artist should be active in determining their own level preferences. It is integral to the character and identity of their music. By taking control of level preferences and understanding the limits, artists can produce music that resonates with their unique style and ethos.

While mastering engineers play an indispensable role in achieving a louder mix, it is important not to rely solely on them for volume correction. The artist should actively participate in the process, ensuring the final mix is not only loudness-perfect but also mirrors their artistic intent.


Achieving a louder mix is an art that includes understanding different processes, tools, and techniques involved in music production. From mastering the art of working with limiters to knowing when to push your faders; every small step contributes to loud, clean, and aesthetically pleasing music.

Remember, a louder mix allows your music to compete better in the music market while serving as an authentic representation of your unique sound. Experiment, explore, and find the technique that best suits your music production style. An optimized loud mix awaits at the end of this journey. Happy mixing!

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Rylan Talerico
October 24, 2023
Before founding Crate, Rylan Talerico was signed to Warner Records as a recording artist, producer, and songwriter. These days, Rylan enjoys spending time with his family and working on Crate building tools to empower musicians to be more creative and connected.
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