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What are LUFS?

So you want to know what LUFs are? LUFs (Loudness Units Full Scale) is a way of measuring loudness. It’s used to ensure consistent loudness levels across different platforms. Older peak meters only measure the loudest points in a song. LUFS measures the perceived loudness of an aud

io signal as a whole. It is based on how we perceive loudness by incorporating the frequency response of the human ear.

Using LUFS helps to create audio that maintains consistent loudness levels across platforms. This helps to prevent situations where viewers or listeners need to constantly adjust the volume when switching between different programs or media.

LUFs are typically measured using specific algorithms, such as the ITU-R BS.1770 standard, which provides guidelines for measuring loudness in audio. Different broadcasting standards and platforms may have their own specific target loudness levels in LUFs, which audio producers aim to meet during the mixing and mastering process.

I would recommend using hitting around -6 dB for your mixes and then using LUFs for hitting your end loudness target when Mastering. Remember to dial in your LUFs target during the loudest part of your song, which will generally be the last chorus.

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