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LUFS target level confusion

Post by Rhymebeg » Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:03 am

After reading AMS book I thought that I know about target levels for music publishing on streaming services. The first problem I had was a ReplayGain different scale units. For example in Foobar2000 Replaygain shows "track gain" values in decibells like for example -4.83db or -6.58db. Also "track peak" shown as for example 0.942967. Is there conversion system to get the units as in the book?

Additionally after reading the online tutorial from developer of mastering tool "Levels" I was confused about the target level that I need to achieve (-18, -14, -12 or even -9 as in the article). The link to the article is here
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Re: LUFS target level confusion

Post by John_Rogers » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:06 pm

The software I mention in the book, I've used on over 40,000 songs. I only know these readings and the results they give. If you are using a different scale, I don’t know it or how to convert.

It’s like if I explained how to use a ruler in inches and then you said you had some other ruler that used letters, all I could tell you is I only know and use the inches ruler. You have to use an inches ruler like I do.

Also, peak meter is worthless when it comes to overall song volume. If you had a song with ONE violin and a song with 50 guitars spread stereo, you could get both songs to peak at 0 on the meter. But guess which song will be 5 times louder.

As for that article you mentioned, I master by genre/style how loud a song should be compared to commercial standard. You don’t have a club volume, a radio volume, a computer volume when you master. This is incorrect information.

Obviously, club volume would be loud. Metal and Hip Hop are the loudest genres. Classic rock and old-time country are the lowest. According to this article, I should make the classic rock and country songs real loud like metal and hip hop so it can be played in a club? It doesn’t work that way. When a DJ downloads (or steals) an mp3, do you think he uses a “club master?” There’s no such thing. You could get an extended version, but there's only one master.

That mentioned article is a good example. I’ve read so many people say, “Why should I pay for information. I can get it all for free online.” True. But do you want wrong information that confuses you, and ruins your entire project? Do you want someone's opinion based on either a very small scale or nothing, or do you want the opinion of someone who has mastered over 40,000 songs that have been played all over the world? Not to mention you WILL spend 40 hours looking for information, while I can teach you 3 times as much in my 2 hour audio mastering secrets video series, ... ourse.html. Half of my tips and short cuts you will NEVER find because they don’t exist on the internet.
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