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How Loud Should My Mix Be?

Jan 20, 2017
Mixing Console Faders

Do you need to care about loudness while mixing, or is best to let the mastering engineer find the right levels? Can a mix be too loud, or not loud enough? What are some good starting points? Let’s look at a couple approaches - what I like to call “old school” and “new school.”

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Norway Shuts Down FM Radio, Goes Digital

Jan 13, 2017
Radio antenna in Norway

Norway has started the process of shutting down their national FM broadcasts in favour of digital broadcasts, a process that will conclude by the end of the year. Why is this significant from a loudness perspective? How does digital audio broadcasting (DAB) differ from FM? Does radio even matter going forward?

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A State of Loudness: deadmau5 vs. Marshmello

Jan 6, 2017
deadmau5 vs. Marshmello

On NYE, “rivals” deadmau5 and Marshmello played back to back sets at Decadence. During the NYE show, Marshmello fans tweeted their distaste for deadmau5’s set, to which deadmau5 replied:

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Do People Prefer Loud Music?

Dec 30, 2016
Woman unhappy covering ears

It’s the hotly debated question that fuelled the Loudness Wars. And yet, however many years later, have we gotten any closer to a conclusive answer? There are lots of opinions and anecdotes, but I wanted to see if I could find something concrete. I dug up some of the latest research on the subject. Here’s what I found:

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Do Plugins Have a Loudness Sweet Spot?

Dec 15, 2016
Amplitube and LCAST

Can you make your plugins sound better by adjusting your audio’s levels? Does it make a difference if your audio is at -23 LUFS or -10 LUFS? Have you been misusing your plugins all this time? My answer: “Probably not, but maybe…”

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