Accept the challenge !
Commit to keeping the overall peak-to-loudness ratio of your next release to 11 or more, AND the short-term peak to loudness above 8.
Wait, what ?
Don’t panic ! It’s not as bad as it sounds:
How to measure the dynamics of your music
First, run your music through an LUFS loudness meter.
Make a note of:
- The maximum peak level
- The Integrated Loudness
- The maximum Short-Term loudness
- PLR (Subtract the Integrated Loudness from the maximum peak level)
- Min PSR (Subtract the maximum Short-Term Loudness from the maximum peak level)
If the PLR is 11 or more, and the Min PSR is 8 or more – you’ve met the challenge !
Why these values ?
PLR 11 is at the top end of the “loudness sweet spot” – in any genre. Sadly though, most modern release are crushed to much lower values. Whereas PSR readings of 8 or less usually mean very limited dynamics in your music, and guarantee it will be turned down on playback by all the major music streaming services.
If you’re already making Wide Dynamic Music, we still have a challenge for you !
Persuade someone else to take this challenge
Show them the resources on this site and challenge them to get involved
What’s the point ?
Well for one thing, your music will sound better.
But there’s more.
Plus, accepting the Challenge is one of the best ways to raise awareness of Dynamic Range Day !
How to take part
Accepting the challenge is easy.
First, make sure your album has an overall peak-to-loudness ratio of 11 or more, and the PSR doesn’t drop below 8 – see above.
Then simply add the logo to your CD or website, with a link back to DynamicRangeDay.com.
- Copy and paste the following update to Twitter or Facebook – you could even change your profile image to the logo above, if you like
I have ACCEPTED the Dynamic Range Day Challenge ! Click here for more info http://DynamicRangeDay.com/challenge #DynamicRangeDay
- Or, post something similar to your blog, Instagram, Pinterest – anywhere online. Use the logo image at the top page and link back here
- Maybe even record a short video clip – on your phone is fine – and post it on YouTube, Facebook or anywhere else we can embed it from
Finally, post a message on the wall of the Dynamic Range Day Facebook Page with a link so that everyone can see you’re taking part.
Accept the Dynamic Range Day Challenge NOW, and tell us about it !
Using the logo
The Challenge Logo above is available as a Hi-Res image – so you can use it on the artwork of any release with an overall dynamic range measurements of PLR 11, Min PSR 8 or more, and help publicise this idea at the same time.
Feel free to use the logo on your music’s publicity, website, Facebook or Bandcamp page – provided it has an overall measurement of DR9 or higher.
To download the image as an EPS for use on your album’s artwork, click here.
Dynamic Range Day logo designed by Matthew Vince