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Why isn't the classical guitar part of an orchestra?

There certainly isn't one single reason, and, yes, “that's just how it's always been” is probably an important point. However, I would quite agree that guitars should not be part of a ...
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Pitch to Loudness relation

You are most likely experiencing the non-linear frequency reception of the human hearing and the frequency response in your playback system. As listener you perceive a constant loudness of steady ...
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Why do we need power amplifier with hundred watts of power?

Indeed it's easy to generate very loud noises with a speaker system whose power is only a fraction of what's actually used in PA or HiFi systems. What's not so easy is to get any sound you want to ...
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Linear loudness normalization in FFMPEG is in fact dynamic

As mentioned in a comment, FFMPEG will revert to dynamic in the conditions specified in the manual: linear Normalize by linearly scaling the source audio. measured_I, measured_LRA, measured_TP, and ...
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Normalization - peak amplitude level vs actual loudness level

My suggestion is to do three steps. Step one, using your EARS, adjust the volume of the various portions of your program so that they have the correct relative volume that you want. If you want them ...
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What are up-to-date practises for music mixing for a consistent loudness across different delivery platforms?

OK, so not a really comprehensive question from me, but really I posted this question simply so that I could forward this link into the stack, which I believe is useful to update people on more up-to-...
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Relationship between amplitude and loudness (again)?

Amplitude is an objective measurement. In a waveform, it is the value of the y axis at any given point in time. Loudness is a subjective measurement, based on how we perceive amplitude and other ...
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Why do we need power amplifier with hundred watts of power?

Some of that chart isn't very good in my opinion. 85dB isn't that loud. A typical concert will be at 106dB to 110dB or sometimes louder and the power requirement doubles every 6dB or so because it is ...
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Is bass boost harmful?

As someone who comes from a sound company, the only way you can be sure that it would negatively effect the headset or headphones in said question is whether it would pass the specification of the ...
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What are the current techniques for measuring programme loudness?

Master Reference documentation relating to EBU and ITU Recommendations that relate to loudness measurement techniques and algorithms can be found at : https://tech.ebu.ch/docs/r/r128.pdf https://www....
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How to convert between LUFS and LU (EBU mode)

0 LU is defined by the EBU as -23 LUFS (https://tech.ebu.ch/docs/tech/tech3341.pdf) : The scale used may either be an absolute scale, using the unit ‘LUFS’, or alternatively the zero ...
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What defines loudness of mp3 in a file?

Let’s take a CD audio audio stream. It is a stream of 16 bits samples : in an other word, a stream of numbers between -32768 and +32767. On audacity, each number is matched with a number between -1 ...
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How do I adjust recorded audio so that the quiet parts become louder and the loud parts become quieter?

This is one reason why a) you do a level check before you go & b) why you record to separate tracks. If compression/limiting can't make up the gain enough, or over-compresses one voice without ...
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Whether the audio file safe for my speaker? How can I know?

No matter what the maximum volume is of the file, your amplifier will have input and output maximum. If the input is too high, your gain stage will clip - generally not pleasant, but it limits the ...
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Make quiet quieter and loud louder using vst or equalizer apo

The situation you are describing is where I would use a noise gate. When there is talk going on, the gate opens. When there is no talk going on, the noise gate closes and there will be silence. This ...
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Loudness normalization makes file four times larger

Inspecting the input and output files, I realized that the output was upsampled from 48 kHz to 192 kHz. I disabled that with the option -ar 48000.
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How to destroy audio (blown-out clipping effect)

A simple, easy way of doing it is by using the amplify effect in audacity. Just select the audio and increase by a couple of dbs and listen to how it sounds (Remember to enable clipping). If you want ...
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Shockwaves: loudness or speed?

Your research is heading in the right direction, but you should firstly understand that as an absolute measurement metric, the "decibel" is meaningless. It's like asking someone "how long is that ...
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How do I comply with the CALM act in the US with loudness levels?

Although I am not a lawyer, I believe that the CALM act does apply to commercials, either the ones you produce in-house or the one provided by a third party (as I suppose you are in the US). For the ...
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How do I eliminate (or reduce) the dynamic range?

You're heading in the right direction. Compression is what you need, though maybe you want more of it. A 'harder' version of compression is known as Limiting. Using a limiter rather than regular ...
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Improving digitalized tape recordings - more than what I've done

Wav files are better quality but unfortunately converting a compressed .mp3 to a .wav doesn't improve quality. I would interpret the "blanket" over the voice to sound like it's muffled which means ...
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Intensity, amplitude, frequency, and perceived loudness

I'm not entirely well versed in the mathematics behind acoustics, but I don't think you can map a purely linear correlation with perceived loudness. There are multiple kinds of frequency functions ...
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Fixing loudness on large MP3 comedy gig recordings

Try leveling, a much used compression technique. set compressor speed to the fastest setting lower threshold to the lowest setting play with the ratio between 1...2(2is kinda extreme 1.2-1.3 is ...
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Why isn't the classical guitar part of an orchestra?

Guitars, like pianos, are percussive instruments. As such, they are severely limited in being able to contribute to a smooth sound texture. They can be employed as solo instrument or in chamber ...
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Why isn't the classical guitar part of an orchestra?

A classical guitar (or two or three) could be a lovely component of a chamber ensemble. All that remains is to write/arrange some music for Guitar and Strings. You will notice that in concertos ...
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Why isn't the classical guitar part of an orchestra?

The argument for why it isn't now is pretty much because it has not been done that way. Orchestras are typically structured quite traditionally. Your point around volume is definitely valid - a ...
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how come some mp3's are louder then 0db?

So many possible reasons, really. It's possible that there is some setting that is not obvious and is increasing the level of the audio inside the application that is making it exceed 0 dBFS. For ...
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loudness metering

All of these options others have listed here are great. Just wanted to add that iZotope's Insight plugin is also excellent for monitoring True Peak loudness in accordance with EU broadcast standards. ...
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