That's the source of your problems right there - you're probably trying to push the mix too hard. Lay off the maximizer plugs a few dB.
Originally Posted by Joe Hadfeld
Additionally you're not trying to adjust the mix to anticipate the problems that the over-compression are putting in your mix. You can't always just take a passable mix, crush it with compression/limiting, and expect it to come out sounding the same except louder. The compression/limiting will tend to make the quieter parts of the mix relatively louder compared to the louder parts. If you have an excess of low-volume treble, much of the compression/limiting will tend to emphasize that, making it sound too trebly at the end.
Back off the volume crunching. Go by ear, not meters. When it gets too loud ans bad-sounding, back off - regardless of what you meters say. and if you absolutely insist on making it louder that that (think about it before you do it), them remove some of the low-amplitude treble frpm the mix before smashing it.
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