I am a bit confused as to how to, after I have logged on, find the forums that are referred to in the email updates I get. They always seem to be 'lost' afte log in!
Anyhow I was reading about 'loudness' and though I might add something that is easy to do for a home recording where time is not so important.
This is applied to increasing the loudness of sounds that have peaks that otherwise keep the average level down. If you apply an ordinary limiter, it often affects the sound after the peak as well. It requires no special limiter.
I simply open the track with an editor like soundforge and normalise it.
I magnify it horizontally so I can see each major peak and select only the area of the peak above the centre line and reduce it's gain until just the peak is about the same as average lesser peaks. Negative peaks are handled the same way.
Then I normalise the whole track again. The old peak is still half a perfect sinewave at a reduced level without disturbing any of the other waveform.
You can't hear any distortion at all produced by this method and you can get easily an increase of 6 db if you work on it enough!
I suppose it wouldn't be hard to do this automatically in software if no one has yet done it.