It all started from the love of listening to different genres of music and having my home studio built in 2007, having it rented out for rehearsing bands. My goal is to process, mix, and create my music, and yes! So I did. However, I didn't have the proper education and a teacher who would teach me the art of mixing and recording music. My mixes can't compete with the same loudness as in the commercial CD ones. Every time I play my mixed in the car, it falls apart, like there's a freaking blanket covering the speakers. I was frustrated and lost, not having a solution. So I watched video tutorials, ordered mixing and processing books online, scoured the internet for forums, and still haven't found the answers to my questions.
Fast-forward to the pandemic COVID year 2020. I got a chance to face my loudness and blanket issues again, and I read that -14 LUFS is the level of loudness that they require for streaming. Even so, I am not really into that. Still, I want to achieve loudness as close as the commercial ones. Moving on, working on my tracks, I've noticed that there were changes in loudness; it sounded louder from the previous sound that I was hearing. I turned into the master bus and saw a plugin that I did not insert, possibly the cause of dragging plugins to other tracks I was not aware of. I could have accidentally inserted it, but the sound's increased volume and less harshness are significant. I've inserted a plugin meter for loudness to confirm what I've noticed. The results ranged from -8 to -6 LUFS. I can still push it to -3 to -4 LUFS; however, it would make more unwanted noises. My previous mixes range from -12 to -10 LUFS with a Limiter, including severe harshness and heavy compression.
Now I look forward to my future mixes, feeling confident that they would be better than the previous ones. I can now focus on being creative, adding depth space, and honing my skills in cleaning harsh frequencies.