PLEASE BE PATIENT - FIRST TIME MASTERER!!
I have written, recorded and mixed a largely orchestral piece of music using BBC Symphony Orchestra CORE by Spitfire and all sounds good when I play it back in my studio. Nothing goes over 0db - in fact not much is over -2 or -3 db!
When I export it to WAV and MP3 all sounds good when I listen via my mp3 player (phone) and headphones as well as through a Sonus standalone speaker.
However when I playback in my car (Discovery 5 - Meridian system) I get what I can only describe as flattening of some sections of music - louder and ‘fuller’ sections even though they are not peaking over 0db: Its a little like compression or a limiter.
On the original mix and master I did use a little multi-band compression but no limiter as there was no need - nothing was over 0db.
I have tried all sorts of variations of the master process but nothing seems to alter how the playback sounds in the car. Spotify / itunes music plays back without this noticeable flattening.
Of course if its just my car that’s something I will have to live with but…
My concern is that if my car does this will my music sound naff in other cars once its released or am I doing something wrong?
I have flattened all EQ settings in the car including the sub woofer and used Low Cut Filter set to filter 80Hz with a 24db/Oct filter slope to see if its sub sonic rumble that might be causing the issue.
Has anyone else experienced playback issues when listening to their work in a car and if so what was the solution if you found one?
As I am new to mastering in CUBASE I’m open to all ideas / thoughts/ and suggestions (with the the exception of getting another car!!!)
Thanks for any pointers of ideas