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Loudness Explained®

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    Adam welcomes you to the course and gives a preview of what he will be covering.

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    How Loud Should You Make Your Track?

    Discover how loud to make your track, and why. Adam also gives rough Int LUFS numbers to aim for, justifying why.

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    It's Good To Be Quiet!

    In this video, Adam explores loudness normalization, and the consequences for playback dynamic range. And how this means it's "Good to Be Quiet".

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    Playback Headroom

    Learn about playback headroom, and how this means you should always "Stay Within Your Genre's Loudness Range". Adam shows audio examples of what happens if you don't.

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    Learn how to change loudness using a limiter, and the consequential "loudness vs dynamic range" trade-off.

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    Cut or Boost Lows

    Adam shows two solutions you can use if limiting doesn't get you to the target loudness.

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    Advanced Limiting Concepts

    In this video, Adam discusses why you can't keep limiting indefinitely. See how you can push the limiter just that little bit further, by learning when to make it faster, and when to make it slower.

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    Can't Limit Indefinitely

    Each waveform has a maximum loudness. It may sound obvious, but it's critical to understanding loudness. In this video, Adam dives into this concept.

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    Waveform Choice

    Adam shows how waveform choice (and equivalently, EQ & distortion) effect loudness, and ultimately limit how loud something can ever be.

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    Explore what panning is, and how it affects potential loudness.

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    Why To Not Use RMS

    Learn about RMS, how it's not well-defined, frequency independent, and therefore not suitable to measure loudness.

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    The Problem with LUFS

    Yes, LUFS doesn't always work.See why in this video.

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    Which LUFS to Use

    Dig deeper into LUFS, exploring different algorithm options, and how you might be able to exploit a flaw in platforms using Integrated LUFS.

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    Macro Loudness

    Learn how to control the loudness (and consequently - energy, emotion, excitement), over the duration of your track.

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    True Peak Limiting

    Discover what "true peak"? is, true peak limiting, why to TPL, and how.

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    DC Offset

    Adam explains DC Offset, how can it effect loudness, and how can we remove it.

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    Fletcher Munson Curves

    This video explores how we as humans hear different frequencies - looking at all the insights, nuances, and applications of these curves.

Product Overview

Adam Pollard aka Multiplier, delivers videos on an invaluable topic, loudness. Understanding loudness gives you an edge when mixing, mastering, or just preparing your tracks and songs for further processing or release. See why with these tutorials!

Adam welcomes you and starts with why loudness is important to understand, and then explores perceived loudness, normalization, and the consequences for playback dynamic range when applying these processes. Then learn all about peak normalization and limiting, and the important to note consequential loudness vs dynamic range tradeoff.

Throughout the rest of the series you'll learn highly useful topics and techniques such as converting audio to MP3 & AAC formats, playback headroom, how loud should you make your track, measuring loudness with both LUFS and RMS, loudness matching, what exactly you should compare to your loudness to and what workflow is best to use, advanced limiting concepts, true peak limiting, Fletcher Munson Curves, DC Offset, what affects loudness and so much more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you produce, mix or master music, you have to know the inner workings of loudness and how it applies to today's music technology. Get going on the right foot and improve your mixes and masters... Watch"Loudness Explained" today.

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Loudness Explained® is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 27 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from What I was looking for. This particular Tutorial was very helpful.
Date published: 2021-03-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful! I learned a lot of new information from this awesome course
Date published: 2020-12-01
Rated 1.5 out of 5 by from Not useful for Broadcast purposes Perhaps, it's buyer beware, but I tried to watch this once more to give it a chance for broadcast production. I couldn't get more information from the series than I already knew from rudimentary recording manuals. Adam has had other great videos, but simply saying the same phrases over and over only pads the video length. And, throughout, I realized it was made primarily for the EDM market. I wish I knew that before purchase. I would have never clicked and purchased it. I use LUFS and LKFS effectively all the time to get the best sounds out of my productions. And, those productions are for broadcast, not music. I also even out and level music for On Air purposes. These are all different types of music, and not EDM only. So, the process is more general, not specific for Calm Act Loudness standards for broadcast. And, the argument in the series about different platforms having different loudness levels set by the end users? It's true, but when supplying a track to one of those streaming services, it's still good to compare your production to the others for perceived loudness in the mix.
Date published: 2020-09-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Lots of good information I sought out a tutorial on the subject of sound due to the changes in loudness regulations for online streaming. Adam describes the topics within the subjects very well indeed !
Date published: 2020-07-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fascinating! Brilliant explanation of loudness! Adam is a natural educator and makes it very easy to follow what can be a very confusing subject.
Date published: 2020-04-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Sweet Love it, good job.
Date published: 2020-03-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great! Thank you Adam!
Date published: 2020-01-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from What wanted AND what you needed You get all what you want and needed!! Just have to get use to the respiration of the guy... Otherwise perfect!
Date published: 2019-12-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Taught a lot about how loudness works I found the examples very good and clearly demonstrated various aspects of loudness and loudness management. Albeit I have followed most of what was done I now understand better why.
Date published: 2019-10-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excelent Tutorial Adam surely knows his stuff! It's the second series of his videos I watch, and there's always great information, and -most importantily- he always provides proof and substanciation to what he says! Weldone! Once Again!
Date published: 2019-10-21
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great overview! Helps understanding the principles of loudness
Date published: 2019-10-03
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Good info with a bit too much repetition There is a lot of good info here and it is thoroughly explained in a manner anyone can understand, but every point doesn't have to be repeated 3 times for it to sink in. The whole point of having a video that you can rewind and watch it again. IMO this could have been cut down to 45 minutes or less. That said I'll will definitely tune in for more tutorials from this author. And I'm confident he will improve, if he read these reviews. He has a good vibe to him and he is very in depth about the knowledge he chooses to share and how it is shared.
Date published: 2019-06-19
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Excellent details I found this tutorial very helpful. Two comments come to mind. 1. It is a bit repetitive at times. The presenter seems to go over the same points too frequently. 2. There was too much focus on electronic dance music and pop music. Yes, the techniques are applicable to other genera. But, it would have been beneficial to hear about specific loudness issues in acoustic music, orchestral music, folk music, film, games and other genera.
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic approach! Clear and good topics.
Date published: 2019-02-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Wow!! Very exciting and interesting!!
Date published: 2019-01-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Essential Knowledge. Essential Knowledge for anyone mixing sound.
Date published: 2019-01-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Loads of very useful info here! Honestly, I didn't realize how little I truly knew about loudness. Great info here. Definitely worth your time if you are producing any kind of sound.
Date published: 2018-12-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Finally getting a grasp on the concept of loudness! This series has explained to me the importance of loudness levels in different music genres, something I wasn't aware of, and a host of other pertinent information with LUFS, RMS and Peak metering.
Date published: 2018-09-15
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very helpful. A lot!! It helped me to understand a little better the relation between the math and perception.
Date published: 2018-09-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Useful for seasoned engineers too Multiplier is a superb teacher, and I am pleasantly surprised at how many useful bits of information I got from this series despite being a fairly experienced producer/engineer and having read books like Mastering Audio by Bob Katz. Great!
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Concepts were good, but presentation leaves a lot to be desired. His voice and presentation is quite a bit irritating. Abnormal pauses everywhere ......to.....perhaps....emphasize.....some....words.....Maybe.......strikes me that he just recited..... all..........the......... words......... in...... the ..........instructional, then had someone cut...... and...... paste...... each...... word....... to....... make a sentence. The examples are straight forward and clear. Personally I wouldn't ever get another of his videos as I could learn as much reading on my own and adding my...own...pauses....if .....I....really....need....to...
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Useful but could be improved. I agree with the previous review about the delivery. Distracting style. Also, some of the side-trips and tangents could be streamlined. I also found some of the software examples and much of the audio examples used to be a bit "specific" where a little more "generic" or common would be a better choice. There is a lack of structure. I believe building a foundation, then expanding on the concepts create a better presentation. This on kind of jumps around with little association between subtopics at times.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good job I am so excited for this video
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good Series Really good series, but the instructor speaks VERY choppy (to the point of being distracting). Also, I like for these instructors to repeat concepts and procedures, but there is a lot of overkill, and I found myself moving forward to avoid the redundancy. I love Groove 3, and have been a subscriber for the last few years (and prepaid for he next couple), and have learned much from every video series I have seen. This is the only review I've posted, and only because it is fixable for the instructor.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Intelligent, concise presentation. Nuts and bolts presentation of Loudness. His discussion about RMS and loudness was revealing. Would like to hear his opinion about mixing against pink noise. Jolly good show.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good examples and explanations Builds a solid foundation on the fundamentals of loudness. A companion tutorial with a workshop/lab approach would be a very useful follow-up. Be sure to cover examples in multiple genres.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 1.5 out of 5 by from Have someone else do these videos The instructor for this tutorial doesn't work. He's talking entirely way too slow which results in his voice becoming grating on the nerves. I had to speed up the video to 2x in order for me to become tolerant of his voice. Also why is Traktor being used? Stick to one DAW and focus on it.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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