Sorry for such basic question, but I was curious about how the Loudness Analyzer works. (It shows I really do not understand the concept behind it at all.)
When I started learning about mixing and mastering, I read somewhere that when you are mastering you set a limiter to a little below 0dB (I usually go -1dB) and push the volume until the limiter starts working without affecting the sound too much. So that’s what I’ve been doing…
When I heard about the Loudness Analyzer in Ardour, I gave it a try and it suggested over 11dB of gain reduction after the lmiter. So, I suppose my master was way too loud.
Was the advice I had before incorrect? Can you recommend any reading on how to proper set up the volume/gain for a mastered track?