Is anyone using specific techniques (other than ears) to match volume levels between rackspaces?
I’m new to ‘loudness meters’ but plugins like this look interesting. I had a Reference Level set (-11) and after playing through a rackspace for a while (that had quite a low output volume) I used the Gain Match (“M”) button which then automatically gain adjusted the output to +7.8. To my ears it was then a nice match to my other rackspaces (that I similarly matched).
I Trust my ears but always in the Context of a Band.
Not only Volume is important but also the frequency spectrum.
Sometime when your Sound is too quiet there could be too much low frequency which uses Energy.
The opposite is true when you Sound has too much higher mid frequencies and it will be too loud.
I have 350 rackspaces and I’ve often wondered if there was an accurate method of balancing rack space gain levels. This could be what I’ve been looking for. Only thing is, assuming I need one on both the L and R mixer outs, I’m going to have to insert the plugin 750 times!
Picking this up few years later because it just became relevant to me last night. I used youlean’s plugin to get some consitency across my sounds because it claimed “Youlean Loudness Meter helps you find the true perceived loudness of your audio”. The TRUE PERCEIVED loudness were key words and got my interest. I spent a lot of time preparing my volume levels between rackspaces and variations at home only to find that with the band, playing live, many of them were way off. So I tried to see how and IF the TRUE PERCEIVED loudness claim holds water. I adjusted all my clean, crunch and lead sounds (yes, guitar) to be more or less in the same “integrated LUFS” level within each category. Last night I tested it live and surprise, surprise, it was really good! It was the most consistent I’ve had my sounds I’d say.
I only use it in preparation at home, then I bypass it so its a non issue for me. So basically, I play each sound for 5-10 seconds or so to get a good average LFUS and adjust until its in the desired range. After I’m done, I bypass it. Its in my GRS towards the end of my signal chain so I can reuse it again for new RS.