If you have a home studio, you might be wondering how audio engineers increase the volume of their mixes. If you think your digital audio workstation couldn’t accomplish this, it actually can. Increasing the loudness of your mixes is achievable by using the built in plugins in your DAW or even free plugins.
1. Parallel Compression
A great many music today, from rock to electronic music, makes use of a well-defined kick drum to maintain the rhythm of a song. Increasing the loudness of the kick drum, however, does not give the similar results. You will need to make use of parallel compression. This means using the original sample and using extreme compression settings on a similar file, which can help beef up some of its other frequencies. For a kick drum, notably its bass and sub frequencies are improved by parallel compression.
2. Multiband Compression
In your final mix, you want everything properly balanced out and everything in the proper level they should be. If you have any problems hearing certain instruments, such as problems in hearing the bass or drums in your mix, you have a problem in the recording process or fixing the phase issues. Multiband compression can help only to improve the sound of your entire mix, but not fix phase issues. It also improves your volume a notch higher, but not as loud as needed.
A master limiter will increase the gain of your mix, but if it still sounds unbalanced, certain frequencies may clip as they hit the brickwall limiter’s end. Make sure that everything is balanced before placing the master limiter.