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Yes, it is a particularly quiet and gentle track in most releases, hence the reason for choosing it.
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I thought it was interesting that Spotify certainly isn't increasing the level of these quiet tracks. I think the lesson here is to let the track tell you how loud it needs to be - there is absolutely no need to increase the level if it sounds right already.
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James Perrett wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:11 pmI think the lesson here is to let the track tell you how loud it needs to be - there is absolutely no need to increase the level if it sounds right already.

I entirely agree! all the tracks on the solo piano album I've recorded and produced float between -18 and -10dBFS with peaks no higher then -3dBFS, thus when played back on a typical home stereo system the track volumes are sufficiently loud, therefore i don't know why I'm getting vexed over this whole online streaming standardized -14 LUFS volume requirement.

As James helpfully pointed out there are tracks on Spotify that are considerably lower then -14 LUFS but remain on their service. As far as I'm aware I've gain staged the entire album to recommended volume levels and all sounds well, so in my opinion best to leave it as it is i suppose?
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I sometimes produce solo piano pieces that peak at -3dBFS or so, in the context of albums that contain louder material (e.g. with drums), where peaking at -1 makes the piano tracks too loud.

However if the album consists of just solo piano pieces then (unless you have a very wide dynamic range) you might as well aim to peak the loudest track at -1 dBFS.

But certainly don’t compress or limit the dynamic range unless it actually sounds better. In fact, I find midi compression is much more helpful than audio compression for piano tracks.
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DigitalMusicProduction wrote: Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:58 pm ...vexed over this whole online streaming standardized -14 LUFS volume requirement.


Not really standardized, and not a requirement, nor a "target," just something to be aware of. Ultimately, you have no control over what the streaming services will do with the volume, or when they'll change their minds, or what the end listeners will do with their volume controls. So don't worry about it, just aim for what sounds best, while leaving just enough headroom for the possibility of encoding artifacts from data compression.
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BWC wrote: Thu Jul 29, 2021 10:35 pmDon't worry about it, just aim for what sounds best.

Your advice is more than welcome.
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