Peak vs RMS volume: why should you care?

Here’s a little video explaining the difference between Peak and RMS volume, and what dynamic range is!

It will help you understand how to control the perceived loudness of your track, and will give you a hugely valuable learning tool on how to compare your tracks with professionally mastered tracks.

Learn this technical fundamental as early as possible in your music production career and it will serve you very well.

00:00 What will we learn today?
00:36 Peak, RMS, Dynamic range
01:53 A secret about our brains (louder = better)
02:48 A less dynamic example
03:28 Comparing your track to a reference track
05:05 Reading the Ableton Live volume meters

At Underdog Electronic Music School we run interactive online classrooms for all levels of music producers. We do “bootcamps” for beginners (no prior knowledge required!) and “deep dives” for intermediate producers. We are also available for private coaching and advice.

– Book coaching with me directly here: (Free for a non-coaching introductory discussion, or 50 euros for a full coaching session)
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