What should my SPAM look like?

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Karma_tba
KVRian
799 posts since 12 Aug, 2004 from Boston, Massachusetts

Post Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:20 pm

I hope you'll bear with me here.

My productions are starting to approach decent. A big reason is my use of SPAM religiously.

For example, I was told that a lot of my tracks had too much going on at 5k. So I'd make a note of that and if I see my 5k is too high (say at -6 db as opposed to -12 db for everything else) I'd lower it down to remove the harshness.

And that's all well and good.

But as I'm doing this and trying to get what I think is a proper SPAM readout, I realized that I have no idea what an ideal SPAM should look like. Should everything be around - 12db, -10db? Should the upper frequencies (say 2k and above) be slightly higher or lower than the mid frequencies? When should you start cutting the low end mud? 30, 40?

Is there an ideal SPAM for a track? If I downloaded 10 pro tracks into my DAW and ran it through SPAM, would they all look relatively the same? Would there be major differences depending on the genre? And if SPAM optimization is genre dependent, how are those readings determined?

I am trying to optimize the frequencies of my tracks and realizing that I'm swimming in a sea of uncertainty that I don't even know how to remotely navigate.

So, can somebody give me some kind of baseline? Or does none exist? Is it all by ear, taste, genre or whatever? In short, are there simply no guidelines?

Any assistance you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

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vurt
addled muppet weed
39375 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: What should my SPAM look like?

Post Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:23 pm

pink n fatty.

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wagtunes
KVRAF
14349 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Re: What should my SPAM look like?

Post Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:26 pm

Is there a reason why you copied and pasted my post word for word?

Just curious.

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vurt
addled muppet weed
39375 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: What should my SPAM look like?

Post Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:28 pm

spam joke?

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pekbro
KVRAF
2144 posts since 29 Sep, 2010 from Maui

Re: What should my SPAM look like?

Post Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:29 pm

Spam is good if you cook it with cabbage and Mirin...

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Karma_tba
KVRian
799 posts since 12 Aug, 2004 from Boston, Massachusetts

Re: What should my SPAM look like?

Post Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:30 pm

wagtunes wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:26 pm
Is there a reason why you copied and pasted my post word for word?

Just curious.
SPAM,SPAM,SPAM,SPAM......SPAM,SPAM, SPAMMITY,SPAM...……... :D

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wagtunes
KVRAF
14349 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Re: What should my SPAM look like?

Post Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:32 pm

Oh, I didn't notice you changed SPAN to SPAM.

Never mind. I missed the joke.

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vurt
addled muppet weed
39375 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: What should my SPAM look like?

Post Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:37 pm

wagtunes wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:32 pm
Oh, I didn't notice you changed SPAN to SPAM.

Never mind. I missed the joke.
:hihi:

tbh, every time you and layzer start talking about it, i cant read it as anything but "spam"
my eyes wont let me see the n :lol:

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wagtunes
KVRAF
14349 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Re: What should my SPAM look like?

Post Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:40 pm

vurt wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:37 pm
wagtunes wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:32 pm
Oh, I didn't notice you changed SPAN to SPAM.

Never mind. I missed the joke.
:hihi:

tbh, every time you and layzer start talking about it, i cant read it as anything but "spam"
my eyes wont let me see the n :lol:
Too much Monty Python in your diet.

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vurt
addled muppet weed
39375 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: What should my SPAM look like?

Post Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:41 pm

:hihi:

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The Noodlist
KVRist
472 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from UK

Re: What should my SPAM look like?

Post Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:54 pm

...😕 Maps backwards.
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thecontrolcentre
KVRAF
23435 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: What should my SPAM look like?

Post Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:28 pm


experimental.crow
KVRAF
5640 posts since 9 Mar, 2003 from The Druid Hills

Re: What should my SPAM look like?

Post Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:51 pm

i'll have the lobster thermidor aux crevettes with a mornay sauce garnished with
truffle pâté, brandy and with a fried egg on top and spam ...
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enroe
KVRian
882 posts since 19 Mar, 2008 from germany

Re: What should my SPAM look like?

Post Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:48 am

SPAM is most important!

Just because the SPAM contains the calories that
let you start your day. With the right SAPM your
mix gets the best amount of warmth and also -
guess! - coolness! :o
free mp3s + info: andy-enroe.de songs + weird stuff: enroe.de

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Aloysius
KVRAF
22668 posts since 11 Aug, 2008 from a computer

Re: What should my SPAM look like?

Post Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:27 am

Spamming a spam tread.
yes you couldn't

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