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Master is weak only on Apple earbuds
Old 8th January 2019
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Master is weak only on Apple earbuds

Is there any reason why a mix that my mastering engineer mastered only sounds weak on Apple earbuds? And by weak I mean you can’t even hear any audio without turning it up at least 40%. All other headphones and speakers I tested it on don’t have this issue.
Old 8th January 2019
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Have you formed any theories yourself?
Old 8th January 2019
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Originally Posted by wkndtripper ➡️
Is there any reason why a mix that my mastering engineer mastered only sounds weak on Apple earbuds? And by weak I mean you can’t even hear any audio without turning it up at least 40%. All other headphones and speakers I tested it on don’t have this issue.
Low LUFS and RMS.
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Have you formed any theories yourself?
Because my mix is extremely average? If this was really the case I would assume that it would sound weak and thin on all sources.
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Low LUFS and RMS.
Sorry I’m not familiar with this. However, the levels weren’t low, it was a pretty hot mix. Still left headroom though.
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Sorry I’m not familiar with this. However, the levels weren’t low, it was a pretty hot mix. Still left headroom though.
Well, it’s more technical than this.

There are many discussions and debates on loudness.

They call it The Loudness Wars.

It shouldn’t be as drastic as you are experiencing. The engineer simply didn’t make it loud for some reason.
Old 8th January 2019
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I suspect that your master is not aligned to actual songs loudness,probably you are working with vintage material for the reference songs.
Buy a modern CD if you have only vintage songs at home ad you want learn to self-master to those levels.
Old 9th January 2019
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What's the genre? Earbuds in general (and, I think, Apple earbuds especially) don't reproduce bass frequencies well, so if you have a bass-heavy/mid-light mix with a lot of information in the <100 Hz range, that could conceivably produce a notable perceived level dropoff on earbuds compared to other transducers.
Old 10th January 2019
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Compare with other masters you know sound good on a system you are familiar with. If the problem persists then you it's the earbuds that are the problem
Old 10th January 2019
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Originally Posted by wkndtripper ➡️
Is there any reason why a mix that my mastering engineer mastered only sounds weak on Apple earbuds? And by weak I mean you can’t even hear any audio without turning it up at least 40%. All other headphones and speakers I tested it on don’t have this issue.
It could be a million things form it not being mastered high enough to the average LUFS & RMS for that genre or it can your your earbuds.

No one can knows without having it in-front of them??
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