DigitalMusicProduction wrote: ↑Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:27 pm
After checking the LUFS loudness meter the integrated level for the piano tracks only rose to -28 LUFS, thats -14 less then the required noise level for streaming service's. However on the instrument channel strip volume the track floats between -18 and -10 dBFS, peaks no higher then -3dBFS, which seems just right for my piano music.
If that feels right for the music then it probably is.
Both volume levels on the piano sample library and Logics instrument channel strip volume are at their maximum levels, so I'm unsure as to how to increase the integrated LUFS level to -14 as all gain levels are at their maximum.
I think this is indicating that you're not fully grasping what the LUFS measure is, you're looking at gain when really you need to be looking at range.
Here are some articles, a couple quite long, that go into depth around the difference between loudness and peak normalisation:https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques ... udness-warhttps://www.soundonsound.com/sound-advi ... udness-warhttps://www.soundonsound.com/sound-advi ... -streaming
All that said when refering back to the instrument channel strip volume all seems fine when floating between -18 and -10dBFS with peaks no higher then -3dBFS. I assume these volume levels are adequate for CD and digital downloads. The issue lies with the LUFS meter by not being able to raise the tracks to the required -14 LUFS due to all gain levels already being at there maximum.
Again, if it feels right for the music then maybe it is. Don't get hung up on targets.
It's been said tracks that are to loud or to quiet when uploading to streaming service's will either be turned up or down to meet the required -14 LUFS, therefore should i not just upload the album and let the streaming service alter the volume to meet their standard if necessary?
This gets complicated as not all services behave the same way. E.g. Youtube turns down but not up. Spotify turns up as well as down, but they've actually recently turned off their limiter function and have released some new user-selectable options to allow a higher LUFS.
Personally I think it's better to make those decisions myself but with a full understanding of what will happen subsequently. This site: https://www.loudnesspenalty.com/
allows you to load your track and see what different streaming services will do.
Properly understanding this is a key part of releasing music these days so it's worth taking the time to read through the articles above.