[LAU] metering, mixing levels was Re: Ardour: exporting woes

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Tue Apr 12 12:11:18 UTC 2016

On Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 4:58 AM, Thorsten Wilms <self at thorstenwilms.com>

> 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 standards.
> Now if only broadcasters and streamers could agree on a single reference
> level for music ...
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