Music streaming services turn down music that’s louder than their reference level.
They also turn up music that’s quieter.
And that’s a good thing, usually – it improves our listening experience, meaning we don’t get “blasted” by loud masters, or strain to hear quieter songs.
But what happens if you submit a song that the loudness management system wants to boost, and it’s more dynamic than the platform expects ?
Your song will be either be clipped or limited, or more likely it just won’t be turned up as loud as everything else.
If maximum playback loudness isn’t your goal, that’s not an issue. But if it is, you have a problem.
So where is the sweet spot ? [Read more…]