What’s the Difference Between Loudness and Volume?

In the last video I talked briefly about the difference between loudness and the amplify effect in Audacity. Let’s put another piece of the puzzle together by talking about the difference between loudness and volume. I talked about this in a previous video but the question comes up a lot so I want to address it again, emphasizing that loudness is a component of the waveform. These are not the same thing. Loudness is embedded in the waveform and volume is not. Let’s talk about it.

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Are Loudness and Volume the Same Thing?

If you do Loudness Leveling on your podcast (and I hope you do), is that the same as volume level? Are loudness and volume the same thing? That’s the topic for this video as we look at the difference between loudness and volume when it comes to leveling our audio to a LUFS standard.

Content:

  • 00:00 Are Loudness and Volume the Same Thing?
  • 00:18 LUFS Standards Review
  • 00:28 Spotify and YouTube LUFS Requirements
  • 01:05 -19 LUFS Example
  • 02:23 Loudness and Volume Are Not The Same
  • 02:48 Volume is Independent of Loudness
  • 04:08 The Advantage of Loudness Leveling
  • 05:13 The Difference Between Loudness and Volume
  • 05:40 Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced

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