Yesterday I posted on the MeterPlugs blog about the fact that YouTube had switched to using a -14 LUFS reference level, and why I thought that was a good thing.
But today, it looks as if they’ve changed it back again !
So where does this leave us ?
YouTube is still turning loud songs down. The reference level is approximately -13 LUFS, and you can still find out exactly how much they’re changing the level by using their Stats for nerds feature, or the Loudness Penalty website.
For the last week or so, they were using a different method based on exactly -14 LUFS, but for the time being they’ve gone back to the older method.
At some point though, we can now be sure they will move to -14 LUFS. [Read more…]