Cakewalk Analyst - Does it work??

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2012/01/22 14:13:52 (permalink)

Cakewalk Analyst - Does it work??

Admittedly, I'm fumbling through the mixing process
I have a piece that had a bass track with a little edge (treble) in it and a kick with a nice snap
I mixed down the song and then played it on several different systems (stereo, boom box, car)
The "edge" didn't really come through, and the bottom end seemed kind of muddy
I've read and been told getting the bottom end in a mix right is not that easy. So I have more work to do
I went into the tracks using the analyst to see where I was picking up the mud
Each time I EQ'd out from 100 & down. Even on a picked guitar, hitting "max" on the analyst shows a high value on the far left of the graph (I assume 20hz)
Can anyone tel me how I'm using the analyst incorrectly?? Or does it just not work this way?
Is there something else that does show the frequencies accurately??
Any help appreciated
 

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    John T
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    Re:Cakewalk Analyst - Does it work?? 2012/01/22 14:28:47 (permalink)
    I use Analyst a bit, but it's not massively accurate, as you've noticed.

    Voxengo Span does a better job, and is free:

    http://www.voxengo.com/product/span/



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    Re:Cakewalk Analyst - Does it work?? 2012/01/22 14:37:51 (permalink)
    thanks for the tip
    i'll try that out

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    Re:Cakewalk Analyst - Does it work?? 2012/01/22 14:54:46 (permalink)
    Does Cakewalk Analyst work?

    I put it on a couple of tracks and it said my bass track was boring and the guitar track was barely usable at best.

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    Re:Cakewalk Analyst - Does it work?? 2012/01/22 15:02:36 (permalink)
     
    +1 for Voxengo Span
     
    Bram, check out THIS POST I made a while back showing its basic usage.

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    Re:Cakewalk Analyst - Does it work?? 2012/01/22 15:03:39 (permalink)
    I guess I didn't click on that option, but then I knew I wasn't dealing with primo tracks!
    Still would like to know why I get a reading in a frequency were there should be zippo

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    Re:Cakewalk Analyst - Does it work?? 2012/01/22 15:24:52 (permalink)
    Thanks Steve - I will try this out

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    Re:Cakewalk Analyst - Does it work?? 2012/01/22 15:26:47 (permalink)
     
    I've just noticed those screenshots are a bit out of date - there is a much newer version of Span available now. But it's pretty similar I think.

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    Re:Cakewalk Analyst - Does it work?? 2012/01/22 18:07:57 (permalink)
    Thanks again Steve
    I printed out your screen shots & will print the manual as well
    I loaded up span and compared what the analyst was showing against span
    span showed what I would have expected in the frequencies and analyst looked out to lunch
    On a hi hat it shows 20hz as 75% up the graph! span show zip until about half way across, which is what I would have expected to see
    My conclusion: the analyst is useless
    thanks again for your help

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    Re:Cakewalk Analyst - Does it work?? 2012/01/22 18:22:45 (permalink)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weucxpmYYvw

    check out the 31 video series by recordingrevolution, excellent.
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    Re:Cakewalk Analyst - Does it work?? 2012/01/22 19:07:22 (permalink)
    Thanks for the tip f@ker
    I have a high pass on everything but the bass & kick
    I'll try the 400hz cut as soon as I can & see what that does

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