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What are LUFS?

LUFS is an abbreviation for Loudness Units Full Scale. As the name suggests, LUFS is a measure of loudness. In the world of digital audio, loudness is measured in decibels (dB). 0 dB FS is the highest possible level that can be recorded without distortion.

 

LUFS is a relative measure of loudness. That means it’s a measure of how loud something sounds in relation to something else. In other words, it’s a way to compare two different sounds. For example, if one sound is twice as loud as another sound, it would have a LUFS value that is 6 dB higher.



WHY USE LUFS?

LUFS is becoming increasingly important in the world of electronic music production. That’s because many streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music use LUFS to normalize playback volume. In other words, they adjust the volume of each track so that it has the same average level.

 

This means that if your track has a lower LUFS value than other tracks on the platform, it will sound quieter than those other tracks. Conversely, if your track has a higher LUFS value than other tracks on the platform, it will sound louder than those other tracks.

 

As a result, it’s important to make sure that your track has an appropriate LUFS level for streaming platforms. If your track is too quiet, it will get lost in the shuffle; if it’s too loud, it will sound obnoxious and people will skip it. 

 

HOW TO MEASURE LUFS

 

There are a few different ways to measure LUFS. The easiest way is to use a specialized plugin or piece of software. For example, iZotope’s Insight 2 plugin includes a Loudness Meter that can be used to measure LUFS levels. 

 

If you don’t have access to such software, you can also use online tools like AudioCheck’s Online Loudness Meter (OLM). OLM is free to use and easy to understand. Simply upload your track and hit “play.” The OLM will then analyze your track and tell you its Overall Loudness (in dB), Integrated Loudness (in dB), and true-peak level (in dB). 

These values are all measures of loudness that can be useful for understanding how your track will sound on streaming platforms. 

 

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LUFS (Loudness Units Full Scale) is a measure of loudness that is becoming increasingly important in the world of electronic music production. That’s because many streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music use LUFS to normalize playback volume. In other words, they adjust the volume of each track so that it has the same average level. As a result, it’s important to make sure that your track has an appropriate LUFS level for streaming platforms.


If your track is too quiet, it will get lost in the shuffle; if it’s too loud, it will sound obnoxious and people will skip it. There are a few different ways to measure LUFS; the easiest way is to use specialized software or an online tool like AudioCheck’s Online Loudness Meter (OLM). OLM is free to use and easy to understand; simply upload your track and hit “play.” The OLM will then analyze your track and give you its Overall Loudness (in dB), Integrated Loudness (in dB), and true-peak level (in dB). These values are all measures of loudness that can be useful for understanding how your track will sound on streaming platforms.]