As a majority of music released these days has moved from physical formats to streaming, and album cycles have given way to a constant flow of singles, the role of mastering engineers in modern music has also evolved. And of course, the artists, labels and A&R’s #1 concern is always how loud a master is.
But loudness is a moving target!
In this tutorial, multi-platinum mixing and mastering engineer Luca Pretolesi details his methods for creating masters that are perfectly suited to work across multiple platforms.
He details the target loudness levels he uses for EDM and pop mixes and masters. He explains all of the different considerations you need to make when delivering masters to all the different streaming services as well as radio and CD.
Hear the difference between a dynamic master and a hyper-loud master that stands out from the rest. Then learn how to prepare alternate masters for social media and streaming platforms.
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zgdrecord •Saturday, April 25, 2020
più' dettagli su come affronti i tuoi mastering,cosi' sono deluso.
joborges •Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Ok, the info here maybe could be good information for newbies on the topic, but common guys, zero information on how to achieve this insane levels without distort, etc
is the same as a video about food recipes with a guy eating a very taste food saying this has this or that taste and no talk anything about the ingredients, useless for me, sorry.
Luca is one of the biggest names in EDM mix and master, as I do a lot of electronic music myself, Luca's videos was one of the reason that I signed Pure Mix, and after watch this, very disappointed . Common guys, We need the recipes.
SKUNKWORKS •Monday, March 23, 2020
I think we need more information regarding the -13 dbfs / -16 dbfs number that online platform are using.
Are you really going to leave the turning down of your dynamic master in the hands of these platforms?
I've upload at -12 dbfs to Soundcloud and it sounds ok. I tried to upload a super loud master say -6 dbfs to Soundcloud and the encoding on their side was all distorted.
Tazmanian Ninja •Friday, March 6, 2020
-0.3 db for MP3's is a myth. It varies from track to track (how loud it is), and which codec is used (MP3 is worse than AAC, and the lower the bitrate the more ISP – inter sample peaks there'll be).
JorgeZM •Monday, December 30, 2019
who LUFS streaming?
Plec81 •Thursday, November 29, 2018
Very nice, but some information is quite misinformed. You can't talk digital delivery without going into TruePeak values.
Masters that are to be encoded in any way should not have peak levels above -1dbFS TP to make it safe for most mid to hi bitrate processes. Lowering a WAV to -0.3dbFS won't make much of a difference in any encoding situation and even less so if we're not even talking TP.
Great info in this video but technically it would need an update.
Forrher •Thursday, September 6, 2018
Amazing video! Tnx so much to Luca and Puremix for sharing all this knowledge!
In my opinion it's a little bit a pity and confusing that for example you took a song with extreme requests from a client. I've preferred an example of a master done like Mr.Pretolesi thinks it's the best way!
DRocksRecords •Monday, July 30, 2018
Thanks this is very well explained and clearer for me. Very impressive loudness too lol :p
AMP Tracks •Sunday, July 8, 2018
Superb and exactly what I needed atm!
It would be great to get another short video from Luca Pretolesi where he shows some practical application how to precisely achieve those levels. I'm a bit struggling here, my levels aren't always so controlled. I doubt he's just slamming it through a brickwall at the end. ;)
valderval.o •Thursday, February 1, 2018
Hey Luca Pretolesi! How about a LUFS standard?
It's time to upgrade this video and stop forever the loudness war!.
LudoL •Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The loudness war :-(
TRP777 •Friday, July 7, 2017
Excellent video tutorial!
Pearlpassionstudio •Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Excellent tutorial on volume levels in todays world. In fact, not one has explained this better. Thanks...ps.. I'm sure Fab has...:)
Dazz13 •Wednesday, June 7, 2017
I thought Spotify and Youtube have turned there's way down to -14LUFS. So based on this video you are +7dB too loud are your lowest version.... :(