Jackal and Hyde wrote:...... To put it simply, thats one of the reasons why in your car, a NIN or Prodigy track (for instance) sounds huge with the amp lights green/yawning and without adjusting the volume at all, one might put in their track (Maximized to death even) and it sounds like a mouse to your ears yet the amp is Red-lining to death because its having to push all this shit you can't even hear. Trim the fat, create seperation and get a handle on your mix with eq #1 priority. Then move on to fx, comp and subbing/grouping to further blow your music up. Because after trimming, you'll actually be hearing what your truly going to be comping/effecting working with.
I think this the most important point that get's overlooked alot
Robert Henke has mentioned a Goldie gig where the 1st thing he did was cut the overall level of the PA - and it gained power with no loss of perceived level
And If you are boosting a really unstable mix of frequenceies then all you are doing is making your sound equipment work too hard, especially because as Jackall here said, you're using up all your headroom boosting things you cant even hear
One of the main things I do now when I have a track on the go is after maybe starting by throwing in a bunch of different sounds they start to build up, then when I'm ready to start refining it I go through and mute things one by one, and if I dont notice it's gone I gt rid of it, if I only notice a "chikka chikka" noise at around 2k missing, then I EQ it to get rid of everything but the 2k where the sound is - gradually you end up with a mix where thing are only there if they need to be, and any extra unneccessary frequencies have gone
it's like a jigsaw puzzle - everything has to fit together