A question today on using WL 9.5 and it’s loudness normalization. I have been doing some tests with 9.5 on groups of songs that I use to make mix CDs.
As many have undoubtedly noticed - making a mix CD using tracks from all different eras can result in a mix that makes the user have to constantly work the volume knob either up or down depending on what’s playing.
I am using WL to normalize my mix tracks to a consistent value (like -14LUFS for example) to ensure that any mix I do - has all tracks in the same volume ballpark.
But the one flaw with this approach is most likely based on the settings I am currently using within either the batch Loudness Normalizer plugin or the Meta Normalizer within the Montage.
If I include a couple of softer songs in a mix - I do not necessarily want them hard blasted up to a constant -14LUFS - rather I would like them to be normalized using the loudest track of the group being analyzed - rather than assigning a hard value.
I read an article today about how Tidal is changing their normalization processes to “album normalization” rather than “track normalization” and want to know what settings could be applied within WL to accomplish this for my mix CDs.
Give this a read and let me know if you have any suggestions: