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A new guide (finally, right?) – How To Make Your Music Louder

by Kim Lajoie on June 24, 2013

Ok, it’s been a while. I know. Sometimes life takes over music. Sometimes music takes over life.

Anyway, here’s the next guide. Sure to be a crowd-pleaser, it’s all about Making Your Music Louder.

Sure it might rub the anti-loudness brigade the wrong way, but those who are regular readers here know that I’m not big on absolutes. If you’ve gotta be loud, be loud. If you’ve gotta be quiet, be quiet.

So this guide is full of strategies that I use myself. From sound selection, through to track processing and mastering. It also covers the theory behind why these strategies work. It goes into the difference between Peak, RMS and crest factor (often misunderstood as ‘dynamic range’). And it also explains how this all relates to headroom and psychoacoustics. It’s all packed into 11 pages, so you’ll want to read it slowly.

And if you think this doesn’t apply to you because you make softly-softly music? Think again. These strategies will help you achieve clarity and focus in your music. And that’s good for everyone. It’ll also mean that the subtlety and natural dynamics in your music will be better preserved through the production process. Less crushing is better for everyone.

So, enough chin-wagging. Check it out.

How To Make Your Music Louder Overview



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