Discover your music's Loudness Penalty score, for free. Your file will not be uploaded, stored or shared, meaning this process is secure and anonymous. To avoid this and save us from being "blasted" unexpectedly, online streaming services measure loudness, and turn down music recorded at higher levels.
We call this reduction the "Loudness Penalty" - the higher the level your music is mastered at, the bigger the penalty could be.
But all the streaming services achieve this in different ways, and give different values, which makes it really hard to know how big the Loudness Penalty will be for your music Simply select any WAV, MP3 or AAC file above, and within seconds we'll provide you with an accurate measurement of the Loudness Penalty for your music on four of the most popular music streaming services, plus a "ballpark" estimate for Apple Sound Check, which is used by Apple's radio streaming service.
Find out how to optimize your music for impactful, punchy playback and maximum encode quality for all the online streaming services. Plus, receive a Loudness Penalty Report for your file that explains in detail what all the numbers mean. Online streaming services measure loudness, and turn down loud music to avoid "blasting" listeners with sudden changes in loudness. We call this level reduction the "Loudness Penalty" - the lower the LP numbers, the more your music will be turned down to match other songs.
For example, a Loudness Penalty of However, these numbers are not targets. Use them to Preview your music and compare with suitable reference material. We do! Each streaming service chooses their own method of measuring loudness, and how loud the loudest songs should be played the reference level. This means there is a slightly different Loudness Penalty for each service. For more insight into the different ways each streaming service implements the Loundess Penalty, request more information below. We love loud, aggressive genres as much as anyone else, but users complain about unexpected changes in loudness, and the streaming services want to avoid this.
We've tried to make the Loudness Penalty site simple and intuitive, but online loudness is a complex topic. To help you take maximum advantage of what Loudness Penalty scores can tell you, we've put together a short series of emails to tell you everything you need to know about how LP will affect your music and how to get the best results.
Click here for more information Online streaming services are turning down loud songs. We all hate sudden changes in loudness - they're the 1 source of user complaints. Until now. Your file will not be uploaded, meaning this process is secure and anonymous. Do you have any questions? Get in touch. Share Share. Want to take control of the Loudness Penalty for your music? Please double-check that you entered the right email address. We just sent you an email with your report!
Analyze another file Visit MeterPlugs. What do these numbers mean? Why are there different LP numbers? What have you got against loud music?! Special thanks to audio mastering engineer Chris Graham for his help with this idea. Scroll down to learn more about "Loudness Penalty".
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