AES Warsaw 2015
Workshop W7

Friday, May 8, 12:30 — 14:00 (Room: Balowa)

W7 - Loudness Wars: Give Peaks a Chance

Thomas Lund, TC Electronic A/S - Risskov, Denmark
Florian Camerer, ORF - Austrian TV - Vienna, Austria; EBU - European Broadcasting Union
George Massenburg, Schulich School of Music, McGill University - Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Music production, distribution, and consumption has been caught in a vicious spiral rendering two decades of our music heritage irreversibly damaged. Today, new tracks and remastered ones typically sound worse than what could even be expected from compact cassette. As a professional society, do we just sit by and let that happen on our watch?

Florian and Thomas are at the helm of two European initiatives to reverse this spiral: EBU R 128 and EU legislation to prevent early hearing loss from listening to personal music players. That combination will soon make even the most ignorant A&R manager realize that it's futile to master music louder than –16 LUFS, as more and more platforms as well as Radio are implementing loudness normalization per default.

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