RE: Balance your mixes and bounce proper wave formats
Originally Posted by crakbot
I had this problem too for a while until I started researching proper export techniques.
First off, as long as you're not red-lining any mixer channels (including the master) when you bounce your track you're heading in the right direction.
Second. When you bounce (export) your "final track" you should bounce (export) a wav file you can further master. This way you'll have all the elements in a single wav file which will allow you "treat" your final audio (a daunting process but it is well worth it). When you first bounce your audio file use 48k-96k 24 bit (no dithering) - [you should only apply dithering to the final bounce after you've treated the track]. Next.. Schmaster, because you probably can't afford to send your wav file off to a professional mastering engineer (http://www.djtechtools.com/2013/09/1...with-mad-zach/). This will be the final process when you bounce your file and enable "dithering 16 bit" processing. You're track should sound much cleaner now. Also pay close attention to your bass levels and ensure side-chaining is effectively used. Clipping can happen when you convert your mp3 to a lossless format as some of the bass quality can be lost causing an audible clipping sound.
Hopefully that helps!