I once asked Bob Clearmountain how he got a certain drum sound. He shrugged. “I just moved the faders until it sounded right.”
An unsatisfying answer. Surely there had to be some secret sauce, some special compressor, gate, some unobtainable piece of gear that separated my drum sounds from his. “What about the snare mic?” I asked, thinking it had to have been something vintage and/or German. “SM57, probably,” he replied. Ugh… nothing! I thought.
Years later, I fully understood his answer and what is a fundamental truth about mixing: the most important mixing tool is the lowly volume fader. Volume, gain, loudness — whatever you call it, it’s the bedrock of any mix. And even though every DAW has “faders,” sometimes you need something better — something more powerful, more flexible, more helpful…
— Devin Kerr, Ghz CEO
Enter: Loudness. The Goodhertz plugin for making things louder — and quieter — with confidence & ease.
It’s our upgrade to the lowly fader, and it’s part of the Goodhertz Free Series. (Translation: it is now and always will be free!)
Getting to know Loudness
Why is this better than my DAW volume control?
It sounds better.
With fully 64-bit processing and our specialized slewing algorithms, you can trust that Loudness is the finest volume control available: no clicks or pops, no added distortion — just clean, smooth volume ramping.
It has better metering.
With LUFS, RMS, Peak, & True Peak meters and three window types (Momentary, Short, & Long Term), you’ll always know exactly what’s happening in your track (and what’s already happened). Fader rides are quicker & easier because you can easily see where things might need adjustment.
It helps you work faster.
Customizable fader glide times allow you to spend less time smoothing automation points manually — let Loudness take care of it for you! Up and down glide times can be set separately, which can be useful for manually automating drum hits, etc.
It helps you hit the target.
Set a target loudness level, hit “Apply,” and the fader snaps to the correct position, taking the guesswork (and the calculator) out of hitting a target reference level. Open up the advanced page and hit “Apply Balance” and Loudness automatically adjusts the fine trims to perfectly balance the stereo field.
It has extensive stereo controls & metering.
Mono sum, solo, mute, polarity, fine trim — we’ve got it all in the advanced pane.