What’s the Difference Between Loudness and Volume?

In the last video I talked briefly about the difference between loudness and the amplify effect in Audacity. Let’s put another piece of the puzzle together by talking about the difference between loudness and volume. I talked about this in a previous video but the question comes up a lot so I want to address it again, emphasizing that loudness is a component of the waveform. These are not the same thing. Loudness is embedded in the waveform and volume is not. Let’s talk about it.

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What’s The Difference Between Amplify and LUFS in Audacity

What’s the difference between the amplify effect and the LUFS effect in Audacity? Can I use amplify in place of loudness leveling? The biggest problem with using Amplify to make levels consistent in an audio track, is the amount of time it’s going to take to fix it. You’re going to have to go to each spot in your project where the audio is either real low or too high and apply a different amount of amplification to each one.

Applying Loudness Leveling is much better and much easier. It sets the overall loudness of the track or project to the specified LUFS level from start to finish one time, eliminating the need to find and correct every variation in amplitude individually.

I talk briefly about the Auphonic Desktop Leveler in this video. It’s a stand-alone program that levels the audio you export from Audacity, along with performing other behind-the-scenes audio production. I use the Auphonic Desktop Leveler on every piece of audio that I export out of Audacity. I’ll be doing a separate video on how to use it soon but in the meantime, I’ve included a link to it in the event you want more info. I’m not associated with Auphonic in any way. It’s simply a good product that I use and recommend.

https://auphonic.com/leveler​

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Are Loudness and Volume the Same Thing?

If you do Loudness Leveling on your podcast (and I hope you do), is that the same as volume level? Are loudness and volume the same thing? That’s the topic for this video as we look at the difference between loudness and volume when it comes to leveling our audio to a LUFS standard.

Content:

  • 00:00 Are Loudness and Volume the Same Thing?
  • 00:18 LUFS Standards Review
  • 00:28 Spotify and YouTube LUFS Requirements
  • 01:05 -19 LUFS Example
  • 02:23 Loudness and Volume Are Not The Same
  • 02:48 Volume is Independent of Loudness
  • 04:08 The Advantage of Loudness Leveling
  • 05:13 The Difference Between Loudness and Volume
  • 05:40 Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced

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LUFS: New In Audacity 2.4.1

Version 2.4.1 of Audacity includes a new effect for perceived loudness, or LUFS. You can now set the appropriate LUFS level of your podcast inside Audacity without depending on external plugins or software. Let’s talk about this new feature.