MeterPlugs has announced the release of the LCAST Loudness Meter effect plug-in for broadcast.
LCAST supports all the major loudness specs and has easy-to-use presets for the most popular ones.
LCAST makes it easy to take loudness measurements and supports the latest loudness standards, ATSC A/85, EBU R128 and ITU BS.1770-2, which aim to eliminate loud commercials and improve audio quality in broadcast.
If you are working with mono and stereo programmes, LCAST Stereo gives you everything you need to ensure your programmes meet broadcast requirements:
support for ATSC A/85, EBU R128 and ITU BS.1770-2;
loudness history plot, which shows you how loudness loudness–momentary, short-term and integrated–changes over time (up to 24 hours);
loudness range display;
custom loudness variance measurement, which shows you how dynamic your audio is;
true-peak metering for each channel;
overload indicators with adjustable threshold;
gated and un-gated loudness; and
custom color regions in the history plot.
LCAST Surround includes all the same features but gives you surround sound, up to 5.1 channels. It also includes loudness logging, a powerful feature that allows you to export all loudness data recorded by LCAST into a CSV file, which can be opened in a 3rd party app like Microsoft Excel. This gives you the flexibility to create custom reports, perform additional processing and integrate LCAST into your workflow.
LCAST for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $199 USD (Stereo) / $399 USD (Surround).
AudioGaming has released AudioWind and AudioRain, two tools for creating wind and rain sound effects.
AudioWind & AudioRain: Create, sculpt and synch your sound in real-time and 5.1 audio with AudioGaming’s procedural audio engine D.O.S.E. (Dynamic Objects Sound Engine).
Using Procedural Audio technology, these two VSTp (“p” for procedural) will enable you to create wind and rain sounds for your productions.
Dedicated to sound designers and post-production professionals, these plug-ins will help you in your daily work to get the sounds you are looking for.
Matching sound with image by automation of the AudioWind VSTp in Reaper.
AudioWind and AudioRain features
Clear interface with 5 levels of interaction each with different settings for optimal control over your sound.
Build your sound form scratch or use the numerous presets available to help you start with a typical sound.
Produce in mono, stereo, 2.1, 4.1 and even in 5.1 depending on your needs.
With the randomize button, fetch sounds in real-time.
Record automations on the fly and make your sounds evolve without having to cut/paste.
Directly match your sounds to your scene.
The effect plugins are available to purchase for Windows and Mac (VST/RTAS) for the introductory price of 149 EUR each until 31 July, 2012 (regular 245 EUR each). A bundle of both is also available at 199 EUR, 50% off the regular price.
Hal Leonard Books has published Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing by Rich Tozzoli.
This second edition is updated with the latest information on monitoring and controlling sound, preparing a mix, recording in surround, using software plug-in, mastering in surround, and marketing your mixing skills.
This essential guide takes readers through all the steps needed to record, mix, and produce multichannel music with Avid (formerly Digidesign) Pro Tools. It covers preproduction, recording, setup, mixing, and delivery of surround music, and explains how to use Pro Tools to deliver mixes for DVD, HDTV, Blu-ray and SACD.
Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing discusses encoding mixes for Dolby Digital and DTS, mixing to picture, and the strengths of the Pro Tools platform. In addition, the included DVD provides audio examples of the concepts illustrated in the book, and interviews with professionals working in the multichannel business round out the instruction.
Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing features
Monitoring and controlling surround sound.
Preparing a final mix.
Software plug-ins and surround-related hardware.
Mastering surround tracks.
Additional surround outlets such as game production.
5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 formats, including those for Blu-ray and SDDS.
The latest additions and changes in Pro Tools 9.
Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing contains multiple interviews with notable audio professionals for further insight as well as pictures, diagrams, and screen shots to help the reader grasp complex concepts.
Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.
TC Electronic has announced the Radar Meter Bundle for Pro Tools HD, a complete loudness meter package that is perfect for all post and production studios whether they deliver for broadcast or cinema.
Our LM5D plug-in for Pro Tools HD has been setting the standard for loudness metering in professional post and production studios for years. Now, it is joined by the new AM6 plug-in, and together they form: ‘Radar Meter Bundle for Pro Tools HD’.
Our highly-acclaimed radar display has proven a fast track to upgrade audio production for broadcast, film and music from unsatisfactory peak level indicators to loudness based metering. Now, you can get the new AM6 plug-in that makes the highly efficient radar available for also controlling trailers and commercials in cinema production. Measurements are based on Leq(M), and AM6 conforms to the TASA standard, which is used by authorities such as MPAA to certify theatrical trailers. Further, additional features include 5.1 true-peak metering, scalable timing, scalable resolution and more.
The Radar Meter Bundle TDM is available to purchase for $799 USD / 599 EUR. Owners of a license for LM5D for Pro Tools HD can download the new AM6 Radar Annoyance Meter for free.
ToneBoosters has released TB IsoneSurround, a 5.1 multi-channel surround sound loudspeaker setup including environment simulation.
TB IsoneSurround targets multimedia enthusiasts using headphones. It can be used on stereo content (simulating a virtual stereo loudspeaker setup) and 6-channel (5.1) multi-channel surround content (simulating a full surround experience). Besides binaural source simulation, the plugin also includes four different listening environments to optimally match the environment to the audio material.
TB IsoneSurround is the perfect extension for any multimedia player that supports VST plugins. Experience full surround-sound when watching movies using headphones.
TB IsoneSurround features
Low-latency processing (511 samples).
Support of all sampling rates from 44.1 to 192 kHz.
Mastering-grade integrated peak limiter to prevent clipping artefacts.
Four different virtual environments (Movie theater, home cinema, audiophile, live concert).
Based on the VST 2.4 specification to allow compatibility with virtually all host programs.
ToneBooster has also released updates for its current plugins:
VU meter GUI fixes (peak values not always visible).
Performance improvements for intel-based Macs.
[XY Tool] Resolved bug of incorrect storage of linking and angle parameters.
[Ferox] Bug fix resulting in clicking artefacts for Cubase 6 on Mac.
IsoneSurround for Windows and Mac (VST) is available as freeware.
TC Electronic has announced the addition of a dual radar display to the LM6 loudness radar meter algorithm for TC TouchMonitors with software version 1.11.
With the optional LM6 algorithm installed, users can load two independent Radar meters simultaneously on their TC TouchMonitor TM7 or TM9. This opens a number of highly valuable configurations. For example, it is possible to let one Radar meter instance display a pre-processing signal while the other instance shows a post-processing signal – and best of all, both can be monitored at the same time for the ultimate audio overview. Another scenario could be having two Radar meters display both a stereo and a 5.1 signal simultaneously – or two stereo or two 5.1 signals, of course. Finally, both instances also provide 24 hour history for the audio being monitored.
Other instruments have been updated as well – for example, it is now possible to run multiple instances of the Surround Sound Analyzer. Also, the on-screen help feature has been improved as has the general UI expeience with e.g. enhanced mouse sensitivity and new slider functions. Finally, the software release also features improvements with regard to general stability and performance.
In essence, TC TouchMonitor TM7 & TM9 is the ultimate loudness meter solution, featuring touch screen, an extremely consistent loudness readout and compatibility with e.g. American, European and Japanese broadcasting standards.
For decades, TC Electronic has explored and pioneered the field of digital audio and loudness metering, offering state of the art tools for measuring, correcting and converting audio for a wide variety of applications. For instance, the amazing Radar Meter is available as a software plug-in (LM5D) for Pro Tools HD and TC Electronic’s award-winning System 6000 MKII platform, DB4 MKII and DB8 MKII broadcasting processors and the newly introduced LM2 rack based stereo loudness meter.
The TC TouchMonitor TM7 & TM9 is a full-featured stereo and multichannel loudness and true-peak level meter, which is perfect not only for broadcast ingest and transmission, but also for post, film and live production. To comply with a given international broadcasting standard, the numbers representing loudness are paramount, and these all-important digits are displayed instantly on the large color touch screen.
Just uploaded a video preview of Discord3's highlights. I think I touched on all the major features; I'll do a full tutorial series once I have a 100% working OS X VST. The quality of Snaggit's video capture is fairly lacking; nothing to compare with Screenflow. But this should give you a good idea of what's going on with the three engines.
If you're interested in the early history of ROLAND, the Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and the TB-303 Bassline, you'll enjoy this 20-minute video. The TB-303 and its design are described in depth, and many examples of popular music made with the machine are presented.
Tom Shear at Waveformless shares some tips on how to create the illusion of distance:
Even when one is talking about mixing to stereo (as opposed to 5.1), a song's mix can be very three dimensional. Perhaps not literally, but in the same sense that a painter can simulate the way an image diffuses the further it is away from the viewer, it is not terribly difficult to simulate the characteristics of a sound that is far from the listener. This can be brilliant at setting a mood and creating a real sense of depth. Here's two easy steps that when used together can really give them a sense of three dimensional space.
Every once in a while something quite special comes along in the crazy sonic world of the Dirty Electronics Ensemble.
In the past our leader John Richards has arranged for us to collaborate with some great names in the world of experimental music, including Pauline Oliveros, noise legend Merzbow and Nic Bullen amongst others. Our recent performance with Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle, Carter Tutti) at Phoenix Square, Leicester was no exception.
The core of the performance revolved around the Dirty Carter E.S.G.I. a postcard sized instrument designed by John and Chris and built by the members of the ensemble in an earlier workshop. Six pieces we’re performed in total by various members of the ensemble.
The Musical Table is a toy table that allows kids to play musical phrases by moving toys around the surface.Each of seven switches can play different musical phrases in four bases, making 27 different musical phrases in total. Some of the phrases are musically related and some of them are not. This toy table can help kids to develop musicality by playing phrases in logical order. The table also allows you to play two phrases at the same time. Depending on which phrases are played together, the sounds can be melodic or chaotic.
I’ve been experimenting lately with programming Ableton Analog from “init”. I have a rich set of VSTs so I’ve not given Analog much attention but after spending some time with it recently, I’m finding when you rack it up and add some effects and assign params to Macros you can achieve some pretty interesting sounds.
These days, everyone loves hip-hop. But how much does the average fan really know about the building blocks that formed the foundation of the genre's entire sound? That's right, before it was all-808-everything, hip-hop used a secret (and sometimes not-so-secret) selection of classic soul, funk rock, and jazz records from the ’60s and ’70s to create their sound. From tiny, obscure snippets to instantly-recognizable loops, the sample-based producers of the late ’80s and early ’90s uncovered some truly classic musical gems that are still sought after and used today.
Thank god we’ve got folks like Kon + Amir to keep us digging deeper. The veteran record collectors, DJs, and producers (yeah, they basically they do it all) recently released their latest compilation of slept-on vinyl rarities called Off Track Vol. 3, so we decided to call them up and get them to select their all-time favorite samples. Check out their countdown, complete with audio examples and commentary from the guys themselves…
zplane has released version 2.11.1 of PPmulator+, a cross-platform plug-in meter for digital audio workstations which exactly mimics the look and feel of a professional broadcast Peak Program Meter (PPM).
By adding this plugin to the master output of your audio editing program, you can record, edit, mix and export your audio within a precisely-calibrated workspace – something which is often impossible to do when working in a non-studio environment.
Changes in PPMulator+ v2.11.1
(Win) Make sure to install the latest VC++2005 Redistributable, it’s part of the new installer.
(Win) Fixed: the ASIO Bug of the PPM+ standalone app.
(Win) Fixed: the non-visibility on some systems of the VST plugin version.
(Mac) Fixed: failure in the AU validation.
(Mac) Better support for PowerPC.
PPMulator+ is available for PC and Mac, priced at $99 USD / 79 EUR.