Re: Hornet VU and/or LU Auto-Gain Plugins?
☄ Helpfulby 2:43AM 2018/11/16 15:53:17
I use a LUFS meter on every project, but only as the last plugin in the mastering chain. It's main value is to provide an objective reality check for overall loudness.
LUFS meters give you two values: short-term and long-term loudness. It's the latter you want to watch most carefully. I shoot for -12 or -11 long-term and try to stay below -8 short-term, but don't worry too much if the short-term occasionally pops up to -6.
If the meter informs you that it's above -10 (long-term), then your song is going to be noticeably turned down on normalized streaming services such as YouTube, iTunes or Pandora. If it's above -8, that means you're just too frickin' loud, regardless of genre. Above -6 and you should take up some less-technical hobby, like concrete pouring.
I've never had success with auto-gain plugins, except in very specific situations such as balancing multi-part vocal harmonies. I would never use one on a bus.
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