I’m curious to hear your thoughts on a loudness standard for podcasting.
I always mention -16 LUFS in my videos and other podcasters - like Ray Ortega - have also mentioned this magic number.
The podcast levelling and mastering tool Auphonic appear to have -16 as their default for podcast loudness. Then there’s the FabFilter Pro-L 2 plugin that shoots at -14 for streaming.
This document from the Audio Engineering Society recommends anywhere between -20 to -16 for podcast loudness.
Then there’s also an Apple Podcast Authoring Best Practices guide that mentions -16 LKFS as the best loudness when mastering a podcast.
So now, over to you, what do you think? What is loudness? Does it really matter? Should every podcaster aim for the same loudness? Should we leave it to podcast hosting companies or Apple to enforce this and re-master podcast episodes to be compliant?