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Normalization And Streaming Services.

When the so-called loudness war raged between 1990 and 2010, limiters and audio compressors hit new highs in popularity among producers and audio engineers. It became the norm to reduce the dynamic range of tracks not for artistic purposes, but rather to crank the level of productions up to the limit. Loudness standards and streaming platforms finally brought a halt to all of that.

During the loudness war, artists and producers as well as listeners began to complain about this pointless competition for loudness until things finally started to change. Where trying to make tracks louder than the competition had once been the most important objective, giving a track the right dynamic range is now the goal. Although the importance of dynamic range in music experienced a revival after a loudness peak around 2005, it was the rise of streaming platforms like Spotify, Tidal, YouTube or Apple Music and their use of loudness normalization that finally put an end to the war on loudness. ….

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