During the auditioning phase of audio mastering, listening from different sources is important. But so is listening from a distance and at low volumes.
Listening from a distance allows you to hear the dynamics of your song in different ways. It also allows you to hear how the most powerful dynamics interact in non-ideal circumstances. You may find your highs are cutting through the mix too much. Or that vocals are getting lost or are dominating the music. Or that the sub-bass is drowning out everything in its path.
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There’s a few unspoken rules that have developed on how to name remixes. Let’s start with Nice and Soft and Smooth as an example.
I feel it’s important to give remixes interesting, catchy names when you’re doing the remixing yourself. Normally, remixing takes on the name of the person doing it. So if this song was remixed by Daft Punk, it’d be called “Mixer Jaëxx – Nice and Soft and Smooth (Daft Punk Remix)“. You don’t need, or want, to name the remix individually since the title’s already long enough with the remixer taking credits.
Now, if Daft Punk did mutiple remixes of the same song, then that’s when you’d see need to specifically call out the remixes with their own name or at least description. The first one would likely be called “Mixer Jaëxx – Nice and Soft and Smooth (Daft Punk Remix)“, but then the second one would need to be called either “Mixer Jaëxx – Nice and Soft and Smooth (Daft Punk’s Happy Remix)” or “Mixer Jaëxx – Nice and Soft and Smooth (Daft Punk Club Remix)“. Either giving a remix a name or simply calling out the type of remix (club).
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