This free plugin allows you to do the car test without leaving home

Car testing is an age-old method of road testing a final mix. Just leave the house, hop in the car, and play it through your vehicle’s stereo system to get a feel for what it might sound like when you’ve made it big and they play your hit on the radio.

The practice has its pros and cons – stereo systems vary from car to car, and it’s probably not a reliable basis for justifying drastic changes to your mix. However, there’s definitely something to be said for listening to a mix on a different system that’s closer to how it might be enjoyed by mainstream audiences. Many tracks will sound great on $10,000 Augspurger monitors in an acoustically treated studio, but if they hit differently on a $30 car stereo, you might be more likely onto something.

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