Music uploads are too quiet

I noticed that on every music sharing site, not just musiccoin, all my music plays back at a significantly lower volume than it was rendered at. This holds true for all devices streamed to and all browsers streamed through. I have no idea how other artists manage to get their music playback to be so crisp...and it isn't just me who has this issue. I have seen other people on the internet complain of the same issue, their music playback being quieter than they mixed it. This is a major issue as it stunts the audience's ability to appreciate the nuances of each track they hear and even completely miss out on details that otherwise would be apparent if the volume wasn't so low.

Those who don't experience this issue, how do you get around this problem? And those who do experience this, let your voice be heard

This sounds awful and very frustrating. I have not heard this complaint before. If your music has been mixed and mastered correctly, there's no reason it should cause problems. I suspect the problem must lie with your masters. Talk to some sound engineers. Anyway, hope someone can shed some light on the issue.

@fracmental all of my music is played back quiet here and everywhere else like reverbnation. When I play back my songs in windows media, everything sounds fine. I have no idea why I experience this issue

@sebastian-smith Normally there's a bit of quality loss when you upload, for example soundcloud even when I upload 320kbs tracks I can instantly hear the quality a bit lowered, it's a normal quality loss during data transfer though, or they just have it set to lower quality like that themselves.

When they allow other formats to be uploaded here like wav/flac etc. you might notice a difference in volume/quality, but mostly website lower music quality a tad bit.

We can test that though, I actually don't have production speakers or even production headphones, just regular headphones, so if you do you can listen to the same track on the different sites they're on and listen for a difference in quality, Reverbnation is gonna sound different because they won't let me upload anything past 128kbs because of their 8mb file limit. All the rest are 320kbs though.

These are all gonna be the same song, "What Do Knees Do?":

Musicoin: https://musicoin.org/track/0x0d376019361abc822fbd6565a18ebf39165570c8

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/57k8xvQr6PEYp76AZzl69R

Tidal: https://tidal.com/track/84468075

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/drocia-recordings-online/what-do-knees-do

Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/officialhydrohellsing/song/29245867-what-do-knees-do

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@hydro-hellsing said in Music uploads are too quiet:

@sebastian-smith Normally there's a bit of quality loss when you upload, for example soundcloud even when I upload 320kbs tracks I can instantly hear the quality a bit lowered, it's a normal quality loss during data transfer though, or they just have it set to lower quality like that themselves.

When they allow other formats to be uploaded here like wav/flac etc. you might notice a difference in volume/quality, but mostly website lower music quality a tad bit.

We can test that though, I actually don't have production speakers or even production headphones, just regular headphones, so if you do you can listen to the same track on the different sites they're on and listen for a difference in quality, Reverbnation is gonna sound different because they won't let me upload anything past 128kbs because of their 8mb file limit. All the rest are 320kbs though.

These are all gonna be the same song, "What Do Knees Do?":

Musicoin: https://musicoin.org/track/0x0d376019361abc822fbd6565a18ebf39165570c8

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/57k8xvQr6PEYp76AZzl69R

Tidal: https://tidal.com/track/84468075

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/drocia-recordings-online/what-do-knees-do

Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/officialhydrohellsing/song/29245867-what-do-knees-do

this is very useful

@sebastian-smith said in Music uploads are too quiet:

I noticed that on every music sharing site, not just musiccoin, all my music plays back at a significantly lower volume than it was rendered at. This holds true for all devices streamed to and all browsers streamed through. I have no idea how other artists manage to get their music playback to be so crisp...and it isn't just me who has this issue. I have seen other people on the internet complain of the same issue, their music playback being quieter than they mixed it. This is a major issue as it stunts the audience's ability to appreciate the nuances of each track they hear and even completely miss out on details that otherwise would be apparent if the volume wasn't so low.
Those who don't experience this issue, how do you get around this problem? And those who do experience this, let your voice be heard

I found that my single "Get Love" sounded really good on musicoin! I was surprised how good it sounded, volume wise, but I have experienced some of my music sounding really low on other streaming platforms. I'd love to know the answer for this myself. I would love to hear how to fix this volume problem, I've went to different mastering companies and eventually I ended up mastering my own records it was getting a expensive for me. I just figured it was due to streaming bandwith on the servers of these company sites, but I don't know. here's my link if you want to check out my song quality. https://musicoin.org/nav/artist/0x51b4d3e706444b5966ed0a9c9c9348a165394c99

Its because most sites encrypt your songs new and do a "normalise" to -3db on them. E.g Soundclod streams the songs with a 64kbit encryption. Most other sites with 128kbit.
Reverb Nation leaves the uploads as they are and i think musicoin aswell, but i never tried to capture a stream to check it...

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