[LAU] metering, mixing levels was Re: Ardour: exporting woes
self at thorstenwilms.com
Tue Apr 12 08:58:10 UTC 2016
On 12.04.2016 02:37, jonetsu at teksavvy.com wrote:
> It is not obvious that
> after so much time spent on a piece adjusting sometimes up to 25
> tracks, that all is thrown to a mathematical function that will
> modify levels. So I use 'non-norm' now and wonder why normalization is
> a default in Ardour/Mixbus.
This sounds like you still haven't understood what normalization does.
Given one session of one piece of music, normalization doesn't modify
"levels", it modifies one level, making it equivalent to nudging the
master gain fader.
Aside of the shortcoming that Ardour's current normalization on export
does not take inter-sample peaks into account, the whole issue is one of
relative loudness between several pieces in one playlist, on an album,
broadcast on one channel, streamed as one of many on an online service
... as well as having the headroom to say, make an explosion louder than
a kick drum.
Ardour's default happened in times of the loudness war, under the
assumption that at least for Pop/Rock/Dance productions, there was no
question the peaks of a production would be very even and should hit
full scale. Now I know better, Robin and Paul know even much better and
work is under way to make Ardour's export facilities support modern
Now if only broadcasters and streamers could agree on a single reference
level for music ...
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