Loudness Course


Have the Loudness Wars Ruined Music?: ‘Loudness Wars’ have been going on since the 1950’s when someone realized a listener’s attention was heightened if a song played louder than others on the radio. Back then, loudness was primarily achieved at the cutting lathe and the quality of the vinyl used in manufacturing. Over the succeeding decades, improvements in hardware and software technology have enabled loudness levels to progressively increase to near flat-line distortion. Today, in spite of new loudness streaming standards, producers and artists continue pushing the loudness envelope as a creative, as well as competitive, tool in their production work.

Loudness as a Creative Tool: Achieving loudness is a cumulative process that must be considered at every step of the mix if you want full creative control of the final sound. Otherwise, you may be left to the mercy of an overly aggressive mastering process and a thin, pinched, and lifeless master. The Loudness Course is about far more than just getting loud masters. It is about learning the skills that allow you to be creative with it and use it as a tool to shape the sonic signature of your mixes and productions. Loudness can be achieved in many ways ranging from relatively transparent to heavily distorted. The ‘right’ approach is what best suits the style of music and meaning of the song you are working on, not some preconceived limitation imposed by old grumpy people.

Loudness and the Future: The Loudness Course will also cover the current direction of the consumer marketplace including streaming services and media players. It is expected that by 2020 all streaming services and default settings for media players will set their average loudness level to somewhere between -14 and -16 LUFS (Loudness Unit Full Scale), most have already done so. As a result, heavily compressed masters will have their average loudness level set to -14 LUFS. If that master sounds thin, pinched and distorted at a high level, it will sound very small and lifeless when streaming. Does this mean ‘loudness’ is a thing of the past? No way!

Loudness at Any Level: Loudness is more than a meter reading. It is also about perception and recognition of the listener. The more clear, solid and focussed a sound is, regardless of dynamic range, the more perceptible it will be. It that sense, clear perception equates to recognition which equates to perceived loudness, which equates to a loud master regardless of streaming service standards. So how can you achieve this magic? That is exactly what this course is designed to teach you.

The Loudness Course Includes:

  • 8 Classes (2+ hours for each class)
  • Email access directly to me for any course related questions
  • Each class offers hours of loudness demonstrations.
  • 1 Year Access to all Course Videos

 The Program

Each of the 8 Classes itemized below includes over 2 hours of detailed information and audio demonstration. The lessons are divided up into individual videos as listed below. After purchase you can access the course materials using the “MPG Courses” navigation tab at the top of the screen and selecting the “Loudness Course”.

Class 1: Mix Preparation for Loudness

This class starts by defining loudness. and demonstrates the most common fundamental mix approaches used to create loud mixes.

  1. Loudness Perception and Measurement
  2. Online Streaming and Loudness Standards
  3. Mix Dynamics and Setting Loudness Targets
  4. Loudness Mixing Technique #1: Dry Mono – Wet Stereo
  5. Loudness Mixing Technique #2: LCR Mixing

Class 2: Equalization Techniques for Loudness

All frequencies are not created equal. Each frequency area has a specific role to play in the perception of loudness and must be processed accordingly.

  1. Frequency Target Zones for Loudness
  2. Vintage & Digital EQ Techniques for Loudness
  3. 2 Point EQ Techniques
  4. 3 Point EQ Techniques
  5. Dynamic EQ Techniques to Achieve Loudness

Class 3: Compression Techniques For Loudness

Compressors are the most powerful tool for controlling the dynamics of music. This does not mean you are necessarily removing the dynamic, but rather, making the dynamic more perceptible by making it more consistent.

  1. Averaging (RMS) Compression
  2. Groove and Depth Compression
  3. Vintage Groove and Depth Compression
  4. Vintage Limiter Techniques for Loudness
  5. Digital Limiter Techniques for Loudness
  6. Compression for Hype and Focus

Class 4: Tape Saturation & Distortion Processing

Tape saturation is a powerful way to preserve warmth and dynamics while achieving loudness characteristic. Distortion processing expands on the creative processing techniques realm.

  1. Saturation & Distortion Basics
  2. Multi-Track Tape Saturation
  3. Selecting a Console Saturation Type
  4. Applying Analog Console Saturation
  5. Re-Amping & Distortion Processing

Class 5: Effects Processing for Loudness

Achieving depth with effects is vitally important step in the process of creating a loud mix and master. Whether, wet or dry, the depth created with effects will help to preserve a vital dynamic to keep you mix sounding alive.

  1. Depth Processing Overview
  2. Early Reflections and the Depth Field
  3. Short Room Reverbs for Presence
  4. Big Space Reverbs for Power and Depth
  5. Processing Enhancements for Effects

Class 6: Parallel Processing for Loudness

One powerful way to achieve loudness while maintaining control of the dynamics of your mix is to use parallel processing. It allows for quick adjustments to your loudness approach without deconstructing the mix.

  1. Parallel Processing Overview
  2. Techniques for Depth and Movement
  3. Techniques for Density and Solidity
  4. Techniques for Focus and Hype
  5. Parallel Saturation Techniques

Class 7: Mix Buss Processing for Loudness

Mix stem and Mix Bus processing are the final stages before mastering and the best place to pull together all of the loudness work from the previous techniques. There is always room for loudness here if you need it.

  1. Mix Stem Processing for Loudness
  2. Parallel Stem Processing for Loudness
  3. Mix Bus Processing for Loudness
  4. Parallel Mix Bus Processing for Loudness
  5. Mix Bus Limiters

Class 8: Mastering for Loudness

Whether you are mastering your own work or not, you must understand these essential mastering techniques. Processing at this level is very different than on the stereo mix buss and it will help to solidify the mix and meet your loudness target.

  1. Framing the Mix
  2. Mid Band Compression for Loudness
  3. Low Level Compression for Loudness
  4. Tape Saturation and Exciters
  5. Brick Wall Limiting – Reaching Your Loudness Target



Purchase the Loudness Course

Normal Price $97

Purchasing the ALL NEW Loudness Course will give you access to all 8 classes.

After purchase you can access the course materials using the “MPG Courses” navigation tab at the top of the screen and selecting the “Loudness Course”.

Please Note: This course is automatically included in the All Access Membership Level.


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  1. Go to your Membership Details Page
  2. Select “Purchase” next to Other Membership Levels
  3. Select the “Loudness Course
  4. Hit “Next” and Check Out with PayPal or Credit Card.




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