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Analyzing Loudness Aspects of 4.2 Million Musical Albums in Search of an Optimal Loudness Target for Music Streaming

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In cooperation with music streaming service Tidal, 4.2 million albums were analyzed for loudness aspects such as loudest and softest track loudness. Evidence of development of the loudness war was found and a suggestion for music streaming services to use album normalization at –14 LUFS for mobile platforms and –18 LUFS or lower for stationary platforms was derived from the data set and a limited subject study. Tidal has implemented the recommendation and reports positive results.

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