LUFS, dBFS, R128, dBTP, ITU BS 1770, ATSC A/85, TT DR…
There are now so many ways to measure your music these days, it’s not surprising that one of the most common questions I get asked these days is
What do all these acronyms mean ?
In particular, people want to know about the new “ITU-based” loudness meters, which use mysterious new “Loudness Units” – LU for short, or LUFS to be more technical. Especially as mainstream software like Cubase 7 and Ozone Insight begin adding support for them.
You know they’re important, you know that meters using the new system are appearing in more and more places – but how do you know what they mean ?
Well the good news is, it’s not as complicated as it seems. There’s a pretty simple relationship between the new LUFS measurements and the loudness measurements we’re used to, like the TT Dynamic Range Meter’s DR value, or good old RMS average levels.