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So! Why does my Master sound so overcooked and overpowered at -14 LUFS?
Old 7th October 2019
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So! Why does my Master sound so overcooked and overpowered at -14 LUFS?

I've recently mastered a few of my songs using Wavelab 9.5 and Ozone 8 with maybe some additional compression. The default loudness is set to -14 LUFS for streaming.

I know that playing it back on various devices will sound different but, in general, the songs sounded way too big, overpowered and "hot". Is that a mixing problem? I'm not quite getting it at the moment.
Old 10th October 2019
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I've recently mastered a few of my songs using Wavelab 9.5 and Ozone 8 with maybe some additional compression. The default loudness is set to -14 LUFS for streaming.

I know that playing it back on various devices will sound different but, in general, the songs sounded way too big, overpowered and "hot". Is that a mixing problem? I'm not quite getting it at the moment.
First we would have to hear it as it can be a recording, mixing and/or mastering problem or all the above.
So we should hear the mix (pre-master) and then the master and then we may be able to determine what is going on.

I can tell you that is the mix is not how you like it, its not ready for mastering. Mastering is not meant to change the sound, it should only have subtle EQ edits in and maybe some mid and side EQ edits and then dynamic controlled processing to it
Old 10th October 2019
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Originally Posted by CJ Mastering View Post
First we would have to hear it as it can be a recording, mixing and/or mastering problem or all the above.
So we should hear the mix (pre-master) and then the master and then we may be able to determine what is going on.

I can tell you that is the mix is not how you like it, its not ready for mastering. Mastering is not meant to change the sound, it should only have subtle EQ edits in and maybe some mid and side EQ edits and then dynamic controlled processing to it
Thanks for the reply. I'm kinda thinking it's my mix that was the problem. I've had another go and it certainly sounds better although I did reduce the loudness level to -18 LUFS also.
Old 10th October 2019
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-18 LUFS will sound lower than everything else, unless you are producing classical music. Are you?
Old 4 weeks ago
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When listening back, I found it really helpful to compare songs I am working on to similar songs released on the target platform (streaming I'm guessing) in the same genre.
Old 4 weeks ago
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a guess-

somewhere along the process of creating your mix,
you congested your high end,...
either frequency wise, or compression wise, or distortion wise...

and now, when you apply final compression and/or limiting,
you are bringing that 'over cooked' high end out even more,
which sounds fatiguing EVEN at low RMS levels....
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