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Hello, I'm new to Samplitude Music Studio and DAWs.  I am not using the Pro version (I'm using the $99 Music Studio version).  I have a Personus AudioBox USB 96 connected to my windows computer and I recorded a couple tracks of guitar and bass.  I also created a MIDI drum track using the free MT Power Drum Kit 2.  I've completed the mixing by adding various effects and adjusted the volume levels (and MIDI velocity on the drum parts that were too loud - "long crash").

The recording sounds good when I play it back in the transporter using Samplitude.  However, when I export it to a WAV or MP3 file, the music sounds dull and muffled.  I've played with a lot of different settings within the "Master Suite", including the limiter and parametric EQ.  Of course, I'm picking the highest quality output for MP3/WAV, but it still sounds "dull".  I've also turned off the Master Suite settings (limiter, EQ, ...) on the Master track.  I was thinking I already liked the song's sound so I did not need any more adjustments on the Master track. 

Any tips you can share with me on producing a better export?  I've been watch tutorials on YouTube, but still not having any luck.

Thanks for your advice!

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A WAV file's output should be digitally identical to what you hear from the transport, so I am not clear what could be different in this case.

The full version of Samplitude allows you to hear what the MP3 will sound like while doing a mix so you can compensate for the differences. But at highest quality setting you should not hear much difference from the WAV file.

Sorry, but without seeing your settings it is hard to anticipate what could be going wrong there.

Terry

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On 3/14/2018 at 1:21 PM, TerryBritton said:

The full version of Samplitude allows you to hear what the MP3 will sound like while doing a mix so you can compensate for the differences.

Terry

Yet another useful feature that I have been unaware of for over 12 years. Any hints how to do this, please?

OK! By a stroke of luck I looked up mp3 preview in the help files, and it came right up (Encoder Preview)! :)

Panic over -- I have learned something else today! When did this become part of Samplitude? I must have been asleep (as usual)

David

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On 4/8/2018 at 1:32 PM, david-p said:

Yet another useful feature that I have been unaware of for over 12 years. Any hints how to do this, please?

OK! By a stroke of luck I looked up mp3 preview in the help files, and it came right up (Encoder Preview)! :)

Panic over -- I have learned something else today! When did this become part of Samplitude? I must have been asleep (as usual)

David

I believe it was one of the features that pushed me over the edge to buy the upgrade from Pro X2 Suite. So, Pro X3 it was introduced if memory serves me.

Terry

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