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Old 2011-02-01, 01:21
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Why when i am writing music in the computer do my ears seem to hurt after a whild even though the volume is seems the same as listining to a mp3s? Do i need to work on mastering stuff befor i record another instrument? I dont blast the speakers or headphones IMO. It just does not make sense.
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Old 2011-02-01, 01:25
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It's always a good idea to take regular breaks, it's not purely about sound levels.
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Old 2011-02-01, 01:40
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Old 2011-02-01, 02:37
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Try to avoid working in cans (headphones) for too long as they are dangerous (even your wee mp3 thingees) as they deceive you of the volume you are actully jamming down your ears.

Yes, take rests. I also believe that if you work at anything above normal (not nightclub) levels then you really aren't hearing your mix properly at all as your ears start to compress and shut down.

You may need to use some compression and limiting on your mix and to re-assess your EQ and frequency balance as perhaps you are running far greater volume than you realize in areas like bass and treble which makes mids (where all the intelligibility lives - even in hip hop) sound quiet and sunken which makes you turn up the overall volume to sound 'about normal'.

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Old 2011-02-01, 16:12
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Old 2011-02-01, 18:01
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Another top tip. If you're working and someone comes and tells you it's 2am and you're keeping them awake, turning it down will destroy your mix. ask them to be more considerate and go sleep in the car.
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Old 2011-02-01, 19:24
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Go to your Doctor and get them checked you could have an infection.....
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Old 2011-02-02, 05:04
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Why when i am writing music in the computer do my ears seem to hurt after a whild even though the volume is seems the same as listining to a mp3s? Do i need to work on mastering stuff befor i record another instrument? I dont blast the speakers or headphones IMO. It just does not make sense.
volume levels may not be the issue.... maybe some sounds are at a bad frequency...
some , "hurt" the ears more the others.... some , you can't even hear...
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Old 2011-02-02, 06:31
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Your ears can get tired just like any other part of your body. When you use something too much it gets tired and sore. Maybe lighten up on the compressors and maximizers for a few days too.
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Old 2011-02-02, 08:21
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Heavyweight cans like BeyerDynamic etc can start to make the ears sore without any real volume. Essentially the isolation from the rest of the world means that those soundwaves arent escaping, there all going in to you, and this increases the sound pressure level, so even if you're mixing at 10, you're ears are getting hit about 12.

I would just like to state that I'm getting tired of the Spinal Tap joke, and thus opted for 12.

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