I have an tutti orchestral hit somewhere in my piece. I have inserted in Stereo (Out) bus, in this order,
Threshold = 24, Ratio = 1.5, Make-up = auto
Attack = 100, Hold = 0, Release = auto, Analysis = 100 (RMS), non-live
Width = 110, Delay = off, Color = off
Output = 0.0, Optimize = 40.0, soft-clip = on
Believe me, when playback in cubase, there’s no clipping. Below are the stats for playing 4 measures before the orchestral hit appears and stop playback about 0.5 to 1 sec later.
At 1. Compressor, input = -1.0, output = -2.6, Gain Reduction = -3.35
At 3. Maximizer, input = -2.3, output = -0.1, Gain Reduction = -2.5
Format = MPEG 1 Layer 3, Bitrate = 320, High Quality, L/R Channels on. Others not mentioned are either off or greyed out.
Despite the playback works fine, when I exported to mp3 @ 320 (or whatever bitrate), the punch of this very orchestral hit is gone. It sounds kinda faded. The overall audio volume is fine, somewhat similar to the one in Cubase playback. I have no idea what’s wrong. This fade is very obvious. I dont understand why is it that my piece is not clipped at all, but the crucial punch is weakened. Anyone?