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Loudness Explained®

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    Introduction

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

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    Why Loudness is Important

    This video explores perceived loudness, normalization, and the consequences for playback dynamic range when applying these processes.

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    Peak Normalization & Limiting

    Learn all about peak normalization and limiting, and the consequential loudness vs dynamic range tradeoff.

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    Conversion to MP3 & AAC

    This is why you need to leave 1 to 1.5db of headroom, as playback platforms convert to lossy compressed formats (MP3 and AAC).

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    Playback Headroom

    Explore playback headroom and the consequences of running out, at both software stage (crude limiter), and the analog stage (crude limiter/distortion).

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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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    Measuring Loudness: LUFS & RMS

    Learn about LUFS, and why we don't use RMS. Adam also shows the problem with LUFS and electronic music, that most people aren't aware of.

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    Int vs Momentary vs Short Term LUFS

    For loudness matching, over what timeframe do you measure loudness? Explore this topic and how to take advantage of this difficulty.

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    How to Measure a Genre

    Nuances and different measurements aside, what exactly do you compare to, and what workflow is best to use?

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    Advanced Limiting Concepts

    See why you can't keep limiting indefinitely, and learn about fast vs slow attack/release times.

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    True Peak Limiting

    Discover what

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    Fletcher Munson Curves

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

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    Waveform Choice

    Adam now shows how waveform choice and equivalently, EQ and distortion, affect loudness, and ultimately limit how loud something can ever be.

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    Panning

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

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    DC Offset

    Learn what it is, why it's not desired, and how to remove it.

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    What Affects Loudness?

    It's useful to know what else affects loudness, even things not production related, as you might make subjective loudness judgements when working on tracks and productions.

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    Macro Loudness

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

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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Balsingh
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Essential Knowledge.

Essential Knowledge for anyone mixing sound.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Cubase, Studio One



Serfano
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Wow!!

Very exciting and interesting!!

I am a: Beginner, Cubase


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ZOZZ
Submitted 1 month ago

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.


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WRECK
Submitted 4 months ago

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.

Response from Customer Service:

Thanks for your review.
We are actually in the process of revising this title so stay tuned!

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Dr Drum
Submitted 4 months ago

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.

I am a: Professional, Musician


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Ruido
Submitted 5 months ago

Very helpful. A lot!!

It helped me to understand a little better the relation between the math and perception.

I am a: Professional, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Cubase


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Thermal
Submitted 5 months ago

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!

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer


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balinas
Submitted 6 months ago

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...

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar, Cubase, Studio One

Response from Customer Service:

Hello and thank you for your review!
It's true that not everyone likes every author on our site. Sometimes an accent or style of speaking doesn't work for someone and that is why we offer a lot of different authors to choose from. Not only can you find someone who's style and presentation you like, but you can use multiple authors to get different perspectives on the same material.
I hope you have a look a our other authors for comparison and then you can start applying the concepts to your own projects!

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mustafaprotools
Submitted 7 months ago

Good job

I am so excited for this video

I am a: Hobbyist, Sound Designer, Pro Tools


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MB60
Submitted 7 months ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Mixcraft

Response from Customer Service:

Thank you for your review.
We're glad you found the tutorial useful. This is a subject that is often misunderstood and a lot of beginners (and some more advanced) could learn a lot from these examples.
And although the author does like to cover a variety of subtopics within each video, the individual videos within the tutorial are specific to a subject so you can skip around or watch in order!

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Balsingh
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Essential Knowledge.

Essential Knowledge for anyone mixing sound.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Cubase, Studio One


Serfano
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Wow!!

Very exciting and interesting!!

I am a: Beginner, Cubase

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ZOZZ
Submitted 1 month ago

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.

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WRECK
Submitted 4 months ago

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.

Response from Customer Service:

Thanks for your review.
We are actually in the process of revising this title so stay tuned!
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Dr Drum
Submitted 4 months ago

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.

I am a: Professional, Musician

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Ruido
Submitted 5 months ago

Very helpful. A lot!!

It helped me to understand a little better the relation between the math and perception.

I am a: Professional, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Cubase

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Thermal
Submitted 5 months ago

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!

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer

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balinas
Submitted 6 months ago

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...

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar, Cubase, Studio One

Response from Customer Service:

Hello and thank you for your review!
It's true that not everyone likes every author on our site. Sometimes an accent or style of speaking doesn't work for someone and that is why we offer a lot of different authors to choose from. Not only can you find someone who's style and presentation you like, but you can use multiple authors to get different perspectives on the same material.
I hope you have a look a our other authors for comparison and then you can start applying the concepts to your own projects!
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Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

mustafaprotools
Submitted 7 months ago

Good job

I am so excited for this video

I am a: Hobbyist, Sound Designer, Pro Tools

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MB60
Submitted 7 months ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Mixcraft

Response from Customer Service:

Thank you for your review.
We're glad you found the tutorial useful. This is a subject that is often misunderstood and a lot of beginners (and some more advanced) could learn a lot from these examples.
And although the author does like to cover a variety of subtopics within each video, the individual videos within the tutorial are specific to a subject so you can skip around or watch in order!
Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started producing music just over 5 years ago, right about when Skrillex's Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP dropped.

2. What training have you had?

I'm fully self-taught, and haven't had any formal training. I use online resources and learn a lot by talking to other producers about how they do things too.

3. When did you get into recording?

(same answer as number 1)

4. People you have worked with/for?

DJTechTools, iZotope, Output, CAPSUN Pro Audio, Loopmasters, Plugin Boutique, Industrial Strength, 5Pin Media

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I've had a lot of experience in the EDM space, from producing tracks and sample packs that have charted on sites like Beatport, through to DJing internationally and running a record label. And on the training side I've produced thousands of tutorials, and also tutor people one to one.

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Loudness Explained® is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 13 .
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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