The first stage of mastering your music should always be to balance the levels.
Until you’ve done that, it’s impossible to make a fair comparison – either with other songs of your own, or your favourite artists.
Before you make decisions about EQ, or compression, or limiting – you must balance the levels, and loudness meters are an important tool to help you do this.
This video shows you how, using three different loudness meters.
I made it a few months ago when I was interviewed by Music Tech Magazine to go on their cover-mount DVD. Now it’s up on their public YouTube channel, so I thought I’d share it here.
If you’re interested in the meters I use in the video, I’ve negotiated a great discount on the Nugen VisLM meter for Production Advice readers – for more information, click here.
Since the video was made I’ve been testing a similar, newer (and more affordable) loudness meter called the MeterPlugs LCast – you can check it out here, and you can see it in action in this video.
And last but by no means least, the awesome Klanghelm VUMT meter is available here.
If you want your music to sound great, you need to balance it against reliable references, and loudness meters are a crucial tool for that purpose. Start now!
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