Modified this post after playing around a bit (a lot) last night.
Now it’s just a general sort of question, does anyone hear know off-hand what the average RMS is of a typical commercially released song - say in the pop or country realm? (This is NOT a trigger for a discussion on how loud music SHOULD be … just how loud it actually is now, for better or worse!).
If not, I’ll pop a few in to Cubase and analyze, but just wondering, having done a little Compression 101 lately -