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    I seem to recall that I came across some metering software a while back where you loaded the audio file, it analysed it and gave you integrated and other loudness readings WITHOUT having to play through the whole track. But I cannot for the life of me remember who does it or what it was called. HELP!

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    In Reaper there is a Loudness extension where you click onto a WAV and it will give you a whole pile of statistics about it.

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    This one does RMS measurements of mp3 or CD quality wav files. It's not the same as the more recent LUFS system. Also, RMS meters come in two varieties depending on whether they use a 0dBFS square wave or a 0dBFS sine wave as the reference. There's a 3dB difference between the numbers the two kinds produce.

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    I've been using this one:
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    What standard do you guys use when measuring LUFS Integrated Loudness and LUFS maximum momentary loudness? I've heard the Integrated Loudness standard is -23LUFS for broadcast. I know the standard is different for streaming and for distribution. I'm mostly wondering about streaming......but I do plan to put together an album for distribution. I need a goal to shoot for.......so I can then use my ears to make small adjustments to the collection.
    Just A Song Writer..........

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    Each streaming service has its own standard. YouTube and some others are -14dBLUFS.

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    I have a question on this topic. My CD wav files come in very hot for Youtube, iTunes etc. If I back off the maximizer limiter this obviously lowers the volume, and the penalty numbers come in closer, but it changes the nice compressed sound I like. The other choice is to lower the overall output of the track down from -0.1db to say -5.0db and leave the track compressed. This also lowers the Youube, iTunes penalty numbers. How do you know where to go ? Do you pick a happy medium ? Is there a standard for the output of the track ? -1.0 db -2.0db ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Pavlonis View Post
    I have a question on this topic. My CD wav files come in very hot for Youtube, iTunes etc. If I back off the maximizer limiter this obviously lowers the volume, and the penalty numbers come in closer, but it changes the nice compressed sound I like. The other choice is to lower the overall output of the track down from -0.1db to say -5.0db and leave the track compressed. This also lowers the Youube, iTunes penalty numbers. How do you know where to go ? Do you pick a happy medium ? Is there a standard for the output of the track ? -1.0 db -2.0db ?
    If you like the compressed sound but need a lower LUFS value, just lower the level of the song after the limiting. Having a lower peak level shouldn't cause any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bouldersoundguy View Post
    If you like the compressed sound but need a lower LUFS value, just lower the level of the song after the limiting. Having a lower peak level shouldn't cause any problems.
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