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soundandvision says

Hi guys! I’ve been recently struggling with mastering sound fx that appear to sound very distorted on all phone speakers. I’ve reduced all the noise, but apparentely the problem is somewhere else. This problem I’m facing regards all low sounds. But I’ve cheked other games and it seems that low sounds there are not so bad. What am I missing? maybe you have any ideas? I’m kinda losing my mind already, and can’t find any useful information on this. Thanks!

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lucafrancini Envato team says

Maybe some frequecies build up that your reference system handle well, but that make phone small speaker suffer?

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AmethistLab says

Just out of curiosity…where do you set your limiter output?

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soundandvision says

Just out of curiosity…where do you set your limiter output?

I tried different settings from -0.1 to -5, but this dos not effect the sound character much.

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soundandvision says

Maybe some frequecies build up that your reference system handle well, but that make phone small speaker suffer?

Well, yes, but I can’t find out which ones (

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Vsound says

Yeah, it could simply be one frequency that drives your phone’s speaker nuts. Have you tried analysing your track using an EQ analyser to see if there are any frequencies that pop out? You could always try making a really narrow Q, then turn up the dB on the EQ, and scroll through the frequencies to see if you can recognise the frequency that makes your phone’s speaker distort :)

EDIT: In case that didn’t make any sense whatsoever, then here’s a screenshot of what I meant :) https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3973285/Screenshots/Sk%C3%A6rmbillede%202014-01-21%20kl.%2018.22.50.png
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lucafrancini Envato team says

Do like Vsound suggested, first do a sweep from 20hz to 20000hz with a notch +6/10 db, moving slowly the frequency knob; as soon as you hear the freq pop out, notch it down, trying to not change the whole sound too much.

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Vsound says

Yeah, and once you turn down that frequency you might have to widen the Q just a bit, so your track doesn’t end up sounding completely amputated :)

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JDMusic says

Hi guys! Great advice!

Can I add, that it may be useful to go back to the mix to cut out the nasty frequencies in any individual instruments/tracks that may be “popping out” before attacking the whole master with your eq! If you can get your overall frequency curve looking healthy before the mastering stage, it will help :-)

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Vsound says

Yeah, definitely do the EQ thing on the seperate tracks and not the master, because you might end up messing with your other tracks by doing so.

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