Same Mix - Different Maximisation

Matched for Loudness Comparison 


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-6 LUFS

Visual Waveform

Associated Genres: EDM, Dubstep/Trap

Disadvantages:

  • Noise/Distortion & other artefacts can reduce quality.
  • Aggressive, difficult to listen to over long periods.
  • Levelled down by auto-loudness normalisation.
  • Very Low Dynamic Range.

Advantages: 

  • Competitive with even the loudest releases.
  • Hard sound that has immediate impact.
  • Helps force sounds in the mix together.

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-8 LUFS

Visual Waveform

Associated Genres: Tech House, Techno (Hard), Future/Bass House

Disadvantages:

  • Noise/Distortion & other artefacts can reduce quality.
  • Can be difficult to listen to over long periods.
  • Levelled down by auto-loudness normalisation.
  • Low Dynamic Range.

Advantages: 

  • Competitive with most releases.
  • Tough sound that has impact.

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-10 LUFS

Visual Waveform

Associated Genres: Deep House, Techno (Normal), Trance, Drum & Bass

Disadvantages:

  • Not a solid and aggressive sound.
  • Levelled down by most auto-loudness normalisation.

Advantages: 

  • Good level for release and Club play.
  • Still has some impact at 0db.

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-12 LUFS

Visual Waveform

Associated Genres: Chilled House, Electronic, Minimal

Disadvantages:

  • Won't have heavy impact at 0db.
  • Small reduction when auto-loudness normalised.

Advantages: 

  • Good level for listening & most systems.
  • Open Dynamics allow mix to breathe.

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-14 LUFS

Visual Waveform

Associated Genres: Chill-Out, Electronic, Streaming Services

Disadvantages:

  • Not agressive or impactful.
  • Won't jump out at 0db.

Advantages: 

  • Matched for Spotify, YouTube & Streaming.
  • Very open Dynamics allow mix to breathe.