• EscapistGR
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    Joined: Sep 9th, 2011
    Pro mastered music volume
    Hi.When i listen to a proffesional mastered piece of music and the volume is louder compared to they increase the average volume as with the optimize on maximizer? (losing dynamic range ?) Or are there other technics more complicated? Thanks.
  • EscapistGR
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    Joined: Sep 9th, 2011
    Re: Pro mastered music volume
    Assuming of course that we set the output channel's volume as high as possible without clipping.
  • MattLTH
    Posts: 34
    Joined: Apr 3rd, 2009
    Re: Pro mastered music volume
    Yes, the perceived loudness of audio is determined by the average (RMS, or root mean squared) volume, not the peak volume. Mastering limiters like the Maximizer (found in Cubase, Nuendo, and WaveLab) do exactly that: They increase the average volume, thereby making the volume sound louder. However, by raising the average volume closer to the peak volume, you diminish the impact of those peaks. That effectively decreases the dynamic range. Steinberg's Maximizer is a capable mastering limiter. There are other 3rd-party plug-ins that can increase the loudness. My personal favorite is the Universal Audio Precision Limiter that works with the UAD series of DSP cards. Waves makes a series of plug-ins called the Ultramaximizer that also do a good job. There are other tools (like multiband compressors) and techniques that can be used to increase loudness. But all of them work on the same concept of compressing and/or limiting the audio. Of course, every listener has their own method for increasing the volume: the volume knob. Thanks, Matt
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