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NUGEN-FINAL-LOGO_logo NUGEN-FINAL-LOGO_logo BE THE LOUDEST YOUR MUSIC, THE WAY YOU INTENDED (5/6) PREVIOUS | NEXT Relative loudness Loudness normalisation means that your music can no longer be heavily compressed and limited to make it louder than the next track - the playout system simply turns it down, so the end result of heavy limiting is reduced dynamics and transient content. How dynamic you make the mix is now a matter of creative choice.   Micro dynamics, as discussed in the previous article, is perhaps the most obvious consideration, but not the only one. As well as considering the dynamics of your track on a “micro” scale, it can also be useful to view this on a “macro” scale. Essentially, macro dynamics refers to the relative loudness between different sections of a track, rather than the individual transients. As loud as you like It is perfectly possible to have a piece of music with an integrated loudness of -14 LUFS but with some sections (a particularly climactic chorus, for example) which average significantly louder, as long as there are quieter sections to balance this out. Streaming services do not generally include significant dynamics processing within loudness normalisation, therefore as long as your track meets the loudness target overall and the True Peaks don’t clip, individual sections can be as loud as you like.     This image shows two tracks which share the same integrated loudness. As you can see, the first example stays at more or less the same level for the entire track. The second example demonstrates macro dynamics and utilises much more of the available headroom; quieter sections at the start and end of the track allow this example to peak significantly higher, even after loudness normalisation. Explore more... If you want to ensure your track sounds just as great encoded for streaming as it sounds in your DAW, try the new Modern Mastering bundle today and see the difference it makes. Related products Newsletter sign-upEnter your email address for NUGEN Audio product news, offers, tips and interviews
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NUGEN-FINAL-LOGO_logo NUGEN-FINAL-LOGO_logo BE THE LOUDEST YOUR MUSIC, THE WAY YOU INTENDED (5/6) PREVIOUS | NEXT Relative loudness Loudness normalisation means that your music can no longer be heavily compressed and limited to make it louder than the next track - the playout system simply turns it down, so the end result of heavy limiting is reduced dynamics and transient content. How dynamic you make the mix is now a matter of creative choice.   Micro dynamics, as discussed in the previous article, is perhaps the most obvious consideration, but not the only one. As well as considering the dynamics of your track on a “micro” scale, it can also be useful to view this on a “macro” scale. Essentially, macro dynamics refers to the relative loudness between different sections of a track, rather than the individual transients. As loud as you like It is perfectly possible to have a piece of music with an integrated loudness of -14 LUFS but with some sections (a particularly climactic chorus, for example) which average significantly louder, as long as there are quieter sections to balance this out. Streaming services do not generally include significant dynamics processing within loudness normalisation, therefore as long as your track meets the loudness target overall and the True Peaks don’t clip, individual sections can be as loud as you like.     This image shows two tracks which share the same integrated loudness. As you can see, the first example stays at more or less the same level for the entire track. The second example demonstrates macro dynamics and utilises much more of the available headroom; quieter sections at the start and end of the track allow this example to peak significantly higher, even after loudness normalisation. Explore more... If you want to ensure your track sounds just as great encoded for streaming as it sounds in your DAW, try the new Modern Mastering bundle today and see the difference it makes. Related products Newsletter sign-upEnter your email address for NUGEN Audio product news, offers, tips and interviews
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Relative loudness

Loudness normalisation means that your music can no longer be heavily compressed and limited to make it louder than the next track - the playout system simply turns it down, so the end result of heavy limiting is reduced dynamics and transient content. How dynamic you make the mix is now a matter of creative choice.

 

Micro dynamics, as discussed in the previous article, is perhaps the most obvious consideration, but not the only one. As well as considering the dynamics of your track on a “micro” scale, it can also be useful to view this on a “macro” scale. Essentially, macro dynamics refers to the relative loudness between different sections of a track, rather than the individual transients.

As loud as you like

It is perfectly possible to have a piece of music with an integrated loudness of -14 LUFS but with some sections (a particularly climactic chorus, for example) which average significantly louder, as long as there are quieter sections to balance this out. Streaming services do not generally include significant dynamics processing within loudness normalisation, therefore as long as your track meets the loudness target overall and the True Peaks don’t clip, individual sections can be as loud as you like.

 

 

This image shows two tracks which share the same integrated loudness. As you can see, the first example stays at more or less the same level for the entire track. The second example demonstrates macro dynamics and utilises much more of the available headroom; quieter sections at the start and end of the track allow this example to peak significantly higher, even after loudness normalisation.

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If you want to ensure your track sounds just as great encoded for streaming as it sounds in your DAW, try the new Modern Mastering bundle today and see the difference it makes.

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