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Spotify Lowers Normalization Level

Jul 19, 2017

Spotify has lowered its normalization level from -11 LUFS to -14 LUFS, matching Tidal and bringing it closer to iTunes (-16 LUFS). The new level provides increased headroom for dynamics, meaning that dynamic music will play back just as loud as more compressed music. In other words, quit hyper-compressing your music!


CALM Loud Commercials with ATSC A/85

Jul 11, 2017

We’ve all been there, sitting on the couch, watching TV late at night, when all of a sudden… the loudest commercial ever made interrupts to sell us “Bam! Bam! Easy-Off Bam! Spray it on and look at that shine!” You nearly fall off the couch, jumping for the remote to turn it down. The dog starts barking. The telephone rings - it’s the neighbours. Ugh…


Crest Factor, PSR and PLR

May 18, 2017

If you’ve ever wondered what crest factor, PSR and PLR mean and what they’re used for, this article is for you. We’ll see how crest factor and PSR are related, how they can be used to measure dynamics and what levels to shoot for.


Grammy Award Winning Dynamics

Feb 19, 2017

With the 2016 Grammy Awards recently being announced, I took a look at the dynamics of the “Song of the Year”: Adele’s “Hello.” The song was mixed by Tom Elmhirst, who also mixed the title track of David Bowie’s Blackstar, which won “Best Engineered Album,” among other awards.


Ideal Studio Listening Levels

Feb 10, 2017

Having a consistent, calibrated listening environment can help you make consistent mixing and mastering decisions from project to project. But is there an ideal listening level for sound studios? And how do you go about calibrating your monitors?

Let’s see what the EBU recommends for broadcast and then follow that up with some advice from Bob Katz…