Master is quiet compared to commercial release.
Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:25 pm
Hi everyone, first post here so I apologize if its a topic you all are tired of addressing but Im having a hard time finding a definitive answer. Im mastering an EP I recorded and my problem is this: when I compare it to other "commercial" releases, its about half as loud. Now, Im not new to mastering but Ive always done it for myself to listen to on my system. In that sense, Ive always mastered so that the level never peaks above 0.3db on my master fader. But now Ive been reading that your song should never go louder than -16Lufs. I have no idea what a Luf is, but I do have a plugin that will tell me how loud my mix is in them. So when I mix to this level, it never peaks over -6db on my master fader. Its seems like Im doing the correct thing according to what Ive read, but Im about half as loud as almost everything out there. WHY? Ive read that its to ensure that it doesnt distort or become over compressed during streaming, but when I compare other songs streaming in, say, Bandcamp Im still half as loud, and I dont hear any distortion or terrible compression in their songs. What am I doing wrong? I know being the loudest isnt that important, but people tend to perceive louder as better, and I dont want to be dismissed by a listener based on that. Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!