After spending weeks writing, mixing and mastering a track in Cubase Elements 10, I mixed it down and imported the mixdown into a new session to check the track. Everything sounded good. Then I listened to it back through Windows Media Player and the track had very noticeable volume drops at certain places, usually where the music is at it’s loudest (particularly guitar and kit entries).
In the mix, I made sure that none of the individual instrument or audio tracks peaked or that the master peaked at all. I only added a few inserts to some of the tracks, (E.Q, a Limiter on one track) and I set up two FX tracks as reverb buses for a choral and a Kit track.
I’ve attached screenshots of my Project Setup and Mixdown options.
I’ve tried mixing down as .wav (16/24/32 bit) and as .MP3 but all suffer the same problem. The end result is the track sounds like it has a limiter working away and yanking the volume down at some of the louder points, even though I don’t have any processing on the Master fader.
I’ve also noticed that the volume sounds louder outside of Cubase than in. I’ve played the track through WMP and Audacity and still the same problem persists. I’m using Asio drivers in Cubase but WDM drivers outside. As you can probably imagine, it’s annoying having spent weeks on a project to get to the final hurdle and find all that work is being undone for some reason.
I’m relatively new to Cubase and don’t tend to mess around with settings etc. I’m working on Windows 10. If anyone has an answer, please help!