46: How Loud Should My Songs Be?

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Have you ever had one of your songs randomly come up on a playlist immediately after a commercial release and wondered, “why is it so quiet…and thin?” 

This can be a frustrating experience. It can leave you thinking that you just don’t have the tools or the knowledge to get a “professional” sounding record. 

While there are, of course, many factors that go into the quality of a finished production, “loudness” is one factor that will reliably lie to us and make our comparisons confusing at best – or useless at worst. 

Understanding how we perceive loudness, how we control loudness and how keep loudness from lying to us are absolutely key to a successful DIY production. 

In this episode you will learn:

  • What “loudness” even means in the context of a production and why it’s more than just turning the volume knob in your car up or down. 
  • Some reasons why you may want to make your song louder
  • Why things that are “louder” can sometimes sound better and why this is dangerous
  • The history of the loudness wars and why they’re actually slowly coming to an end
  • What you sacrifice by pushing your song to louder levels 
  • A brief overview of the concept of “dynamic range”
  • A better way to compare your mixes and productions to commercial releases
  • Some helpful analytical tools and techniques for figuring how loud your song should be
  • About dynamic range through real-world examples the guys play for you to compare
  • And more!

Where to Find the Guys
The DIY Recording Guys Website – www.diyrecordingguys.com
Vadim’s Studio Site – Get your FREE test mix today! – https://calmfrogrecording.com
Benjamin’s Studio Site – https://dreamloudstudio.com
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