At Calrec, we’ve been closely following the developments in loudness normalization. The other day, I noticed a post on the PLOUD mailing list that I thought was very good news worth sharing. This is from Bjørn Aarseth, of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corp. (NRK).
“The radio loudness war in Norway is over! I’m happy to inform you that the DAB and DAB+ platforms in Norway as of today are loudness normalized! In a meeting at Lillehammer yesterday all Norwegian DAB/DAB+ content providers agreed to call off the loudness war and back down to a common target level.
“We are not at -23 LUFS yet, instead we chose -15 LUFS as a preliminary target level. The main reason for this choice is to match the levels between DAB/FM/WiFi in multiplatform receivers. The plan is to shut down FM in Norway in 2017. Then we can lower the target level to -23 LUFS, if not before.”
We’d like to congratulate Bjørn and NRK on their achievements.