JohnK wrote: ↑Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:43 CEST@Mister Fox
My mix were -15.3 LUFS. The rules is set with a +- 0.3 tolerance and a label of "probably mastered". Well - A mastered version in any sort would be -14 to -8-10-isch or along those lines, depending on genre.
I totally accept if I'm disqualified by .4 basically (meaning if the mix were -15.6), but it's a bit too hard imo It would be a huge difference if it was -12-13 or something... it was a fun song to mix!
Just sharing my thoughts.
We're having this topic pretty much monthly at this point. I feel sorry that you "didn't quite make it", but we do have long known/well established Rules and Guidelines.
You technically have a range of -23 LUFS ILk to -16 LUFS ILk for a mixdown at your disposal. Loudness Normalization while evaluating the mixes is not of your concern, but a topic for the Song Provider. Unless the add-on rules clearly state "track must be within range of xyz LUFS ILk" (so far, that has never happened - but it could be a twist for a future mixing challenge). If you work with reference levels (e.g. -18 dB = 0 VU / EBU R68 convention, or -20 dB = 0 VU / SMPTE RP 0155 recommendation), then your final mixdown should theoretically produce a readout between -20 LUFS ILk and -16 LUFS ILk. If you overshoot that (and/or -1dBTP), you can easily handle that with either proper gain settings on the summing bus and/or suitable clipping protection. This is part of the learning process on how to provide suitable material for the next editing step in line.
The tolerance on the data sheet is set to be a bit "more forgiving", since every tool out there works different. But in practicality...
The value of -16 LUFS ILk and -1 dBTP is the absolute upper limit for your mixdown.
Please also see previous posts.
The "probably mastered" is but a tag on the data sheet. I can remove this in the sheet for MC070 / October 2020 to avoid further confusion.