I’ve been having this issue pop-up here and there and I would like to know specifically what’s happening and what to avoid to not have this issue. My mix sounds great in Cubase, but then when I export it as either an MP3 or a WAV file (24bit, any sampling rate), the high-ends are cut-off, muffled, and it just sounds boxed in.
I have two examples here to show. “The Cat Lady.mp3” is a mixdown export from Cubase, whereas “Cat Lady Music.mp3” is recorded directly from Cubase using a MicroTrack II and then changed to MP3 through Audacity. Please compare to see for yourself.
The Cat Lady.mp3 (686 KB)
Cat Lady Music.mp3 (251 KB)
In this instance, my VSTis are set up as instrument channels (sometimes MIDI, but not in this case). I then have an insert into some channels for Virtual SoundStage as spatial and ER treatment, and then send all the channels separately to an FX channel with B2 Reverb. This seems to happen more often when combining inserts and sends, but I’ve never heard of this being a no-no. Is it?
When researching this problem before, I’ve read about routing issues. But I look at my MixConsole and nothing jumps out at me. I’ve attached a photo of it.
I’d appreciate any help with this, it can be pretty deflating.