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Streaming Volume vs My Master ?

If YouTube Music plays all music at the same basic LUFS, let's say -13 , then why does the music I master to an average of basically the same LUFS, play back from my phone Bluetooth at significantly lower volume than a commercial song directly from YouTube Music?
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YT normalization reference level is (currently) -14LUFS. Just FYI.

It's hard to say without hearing your tracks. It could be imbalances in the frequency response or lack of clarity/vividness. Competing with the majors ain't easy.

But there are also many stories of people who mastered to streaming "targets" and then found their tracks didn't stack up with commercial tracks that were mastered much hotter and then normalized down. You might experiment with mastering to different levels and see what happens on YT.
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While YouTube employs mandatory loudness normalization with a target level of -14 LUFS, YouTube Music does not support loudness normalization. So you are listening to those commercial tracks at their original levels.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mindtree ➡️
While YouTube employs mandatory loudness normalization with a target level of -14 LUFS, YouTube Music does not support loudness normalization. So you are listening to those commercial tracks at their original levels.
Ah, good point! I always forget about YouTube Music as a separate entity from YouTube. Yeah, that'll do it alright! Most of those tracks will sound nearly twice as loud and the OP's -13 masters...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mindtree ➡️
While YouTube employs mandatory loudness normalization with a target level of -14 LUFS, YouTube Music does not support loudness normalization. So you are listening to those commercial tracks at their original levels.
I was unaware that YouTube Music was playing back tracks at their original levels. In my case I was referencing a Taylor Swift song (Red). I simply record it from YouTube Music into my interface, then into Cubase. Not perfect, what with the extra conversion... but I'm showing it at around -6 LUFS! Geese, no wonder.. even when I pull the volume down on the reference, to my current mix LUFS, it still sounds much louder.
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