Hi everyone once again. I truly appreciate your replies :)
I think I made the original post unnecesarily complicated and not clear enough, as the responses you gave me were mostly in reference to something else...
CS70 wrote:In a way you have it the other way around, there’s no ‘right volume’ for a composition, but it’s the listener that decide what he or she wants
Ramirez wrote:It doesn’t matter that there is an overall change of -5dB or so because you don’t know what the listener’s volume knob at home is set to anyway. They might be listening at 5dB louder than you to begin with...
There is a right volume and a wrong volume, but I mean the listeners volume! Because all I want is for each person to hear my album at the exact same level they already have it set. Sure, each person will end up listening the album at a different volume, but it will be the right volume FOR THEM.
That's my point. What I was saying is that clearly there are parts in the album that are technically too loud and thus youtube turns the whole album down just to be safe (again, it's one entire mix, one video, not separate videos for each track). So technically it's safe but also it makes the entire album sound lower than it should be.
Zukan wrote:I suggest you get hold of Nugen's Mastercheck and mix to the meter using whatever streaming service targets you load
Thanks Zukan. I had tried this already and saw how much Youtube would reduce the gain, again making the whole album in general sound too low.
Hugh Robjohns wrote:
Now, as long as YouTube's normalisation process simply reduces the level of the entire album by a consistent 5.4dB (in your case), then there's no problem as the relative level differences and dynamics between the different tracks are maintained as intended.
I never said youtube changes the relative differences between the tracks, in that sense the entire album is left exactly as it is!
Hugh Robjohns wrote:
Tasukete wrote:...my perception is that the volume I ended up with is basically the same as from commercial albums of different genres, give or take a db.
Perfect. The system works then! ;-)
I meant on my computer, but not on youtube.
Hugh Robjohns wrote: But they never will, because they all have their own volume controls and their own individual listening level expectations and requirements. Someone listening late at night, say, isn't going to want the replay level as loud as someone in the day, for example. You can't prescribe an absolute reference listening level for Joe Public. And you can't demand that your music should always be played back louder than someone else's.
Again, what I meant to say is that I want the volume to be leveled with whatever the listener has at that time. So if someone is listening at night at a low volume, when my album appears it is just fine, it is a good level for that moment, for that listener.
Tim Gillett wrote:
Have you checked by how many db YT lowers a range of other peoples' uploads?
I have, and for example commercial pop music I've seen anything from -0.7 all the way to -9.4db.
So again my question is whether you know how to reduce these peaks without altering the sound material. I precisely don't want to alter the dynamic range, I don't want to sacrifice any musicality, I would just like to find a way so that listeners can listen to the album just as they are normally listening to just about anything else. And again, in this case Youtube's normalization isn't doing that because it is taking those really high peaks as a reference and turning down the whole thing down as a result.
The mistake is from my end, the problem is I don't know how to fix it, and I thought perhaps some of you have an idea what can be done.
Again, thanks :)