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Old 18th November 2017
Gear Head

I've been reading what I can find on the subject of mastering for iTunes, Spotify etc and I'm still not understanding it fully.

I bought Expose and have been trying to prep a master for Spotify.

In order for me to stay within the guidelines, I'm just touching my limiter with maybe 1db of reduction on peaks.

Up until now, I've tried to level match with professionally produced CDs and obviously that requires a lot more limiting.

Here's where I'm confused. My mixes are obviously going to be radically different in these two scenarios. I know that more dynamics are generally prefered but I actually prefer my mixes more heavily limited.

Is there a different way to approach this so I can still hit the limiter a bit harder and still have acceptable levels for Spotify etc?