When mastering Electronic Dance Music, can two limiters in the mastering chain create a more desirable sound than a single limiter?

University essay from Luleå tekniska universitet/Medier, ljudteknik och teater

Author: Viktor Nilsson; [2020]

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Abstract: The loudness war has been a widely discussed topic for many years. Loudness normalization has begun to slow down the range of genres affected by this war, but Electronic Dance Music is one of the genres that is still affected. Because some genres are still in this war, there are still reasons to achieve a loud master while simultaneously trying to sound good. Claims have been made by different mastering engineers that using two limiters in a chain can create a more transparent loudness. To investigate the reliability of this claim, listening tests using different limiter configurations was performed. 12 trained listeners would give their subjective preference over one and two limiters in the master chain. The results showed no significant difference in subjective preference. However, the subjects were able to describe some attributes that made a distinction between the limiter configurations.

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