Plugin Boutique Partner Focus: MeterPlugs plugins 30% off

Plugin Boutique is offering a 30% discount on MeterPlugs plug-ins as part of its Partner Focus.

30% off MeterPlugs

MeterPlugs is the meter plug-in company. Their sole focus is to provide you with exceptionally well-crafted meter and analysis plug-ins. No hardware, no effects, only meters.

MeterPlugs was founded in 2009 by Ian Kerr, in response to the loudness wars. Their plugins are suitable for mixing and mastering engineers who want an open, nuanced and natural sound. So put that compressor away, lose the loudness war, and make great music.

MeterPlugs plug-ins

  • K-Meter — Over the past twenty years, music has been getting louder and louder. New recording equipment and software have made it possible to produce extremely compressed audio. But is this really what listeners want? K-Meter offers an alternative by encouraging greater use of dynamic range. If you want your tunes to sound more open, nuanced and natural, this fully-compliant K-System meter is for you.
  • Perception — Ever wonder, “how loud should my music be?” Many people prefer louder music – that’s how the loudness wars started – but too much “loudness processing” can do more harm than good… Squashed, dull, flat sound – or even pumping and distortion. Now, with Perception, you can zero in on your music’s loudness “sweet spot”.
  • LCAST Stereo & LCAST Surround — LCAST makes it easy to take loudness and true-peak measurements. It supports all the major loudness standards and has easy-to-use presets for the most popular ones: ATSC A/85 (CALM Act), ITU BS.1770 and EBU R128. Mono, stereo and surround formats are all compatible (surround only available in LCAST Surround). Use LCAST with Logic, Final Cut Pro X, Soundtrack Pro, Cubase, Nuendo, Reaper and more. LCAST has everything you need to create broadcast-ready audio.

The MeterPlugs plug-ins are available at 30% off until March 10th, 2015.

More information: Plugin Boutique / MeterPlugs

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MeterPlugs announces AAX support for Pro Tools

MeterPlugs AAX for Pro Tools

MeterPlugs has announced that its audio plugins are now compatible with Pro Tools. The plugins, K-Meter and LCAST Loudness Meter, were previously available in Audio Unit and VST 2.4 formats for Mac and Windows. Now users can download AAX versions of the plugins for use with Pro Tools 10.3.6 or greater. The update is free for existing users.

K-Meter and LCAST help you take loudness and true-peak measurements. K-Meter is built around Bob Katz’s K-System, an integrated metering and monitoring system that helps you target commonly used loudness levels in a variety of genres. It stands in opposition to the hyper-compressed recordings of the loudness wars era. Instead of focusing on maximizing peak levels, K-Meter places emphasis on dynamic range and sensible loudness levels.

LCAST helps you ensure that your audio is broadcast-ready. It is aimed at content creators who need to comply with precise loudness and peak level requirements. It includes presets for North American broadcasters (ATSC A/85), European broadcasters (EBU R128) and more. LCAST features a graphical history view of integrated, short-term and momentary loudness levels. You can pan and zoom the view to isolate areas of interest and make comparisons.

Both plugins are available for Mac and Windows in 32/64-bit Audio Unit, VST 2.4 and AAX formats. K-Meter costs $49 USD, LCAST Stereo is $199 USD and LCAST Surround is $399 USD.

More information: MeterPlugs

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TC Electronic launches website on Loudness

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TC Electronic Loudness

TC Electronic has announced the launch of a new website that aims to be a comprehensive resource for everything related to loudness.

There are many aspects to loudness, and keeping track of all of them can be a challenge even to those already familiar with the topic. Therefore, TC has launched a new loudness website, as an extension of the overall TC Electronic website, where all of these aspects are outlined, explained and discussed. The site is an answer to the highly relevant question: “What Is Loudness, and Why Is It Important?”

Loudness website highlights

  • Introduction to Loudness – 101 Loudness explaining the basics in an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand fashion.
  • Broadcast Standards –What are the differences between the current standards? What are the significant details that are important to be aware of as a broadcaster or a deliverer of broadcast content?
  • Applications –It is one thing to know the technology and the standards involved, it is another to know how, where and when to apply the technology in real-world situations.
  • Events – As a loudness pioneer, TC has hosted several loudness seminars and have been present at broadcast and pro audio shows all over the world. An ‘Events’ page sums up these activities and is also a valuable source for in-depth videos.
  • Literature and Glossary – For those who would like to go deeper into the technical details, TC provides a massive collection of white papers describing and discussing all kinds of aspects of loudness technology, and finally there is also an extensive glossary explaining terms related to loudness.

More information: TC Electronic / Loudness website

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TC Electronic to Display ‘Live Aid’ Processing for System 6000 MKII for the first time at AES 2012

TC Electronic System 6000 MKII

TC Electronic has announced it will exhibit its state-of-the-art, BS.1770-3 compliant processing and metering solutions for System 6000 MKII at AES 2012 in San Francisco (Booth 1019).

TC Electronic will again be exhibiting at the annual AES convention in the US, displaying the latest solutions for measuring and correcting loudness in post, production, mastering and broadcast.

For the first time, AES visitors will be able to experience ‘Live Aid’ processing for System 6000 MKII. The Live Aid license includes the ALC6 algorithm that introduces no less than five innovative, industry-first features. Without sacrificing audio quality, even OB and Live production may now comply with the latest international standards on loudness and true-peak level. Live Aid also contains the DMix algorithm that is able to downmix, loudness process, headphone optimize and true-peak limit any mono, stereo or 5.1 source. Precise conditioning of a program for Mobile TV, iPod or IPTV is now possible, thus creating a perfect 5.1 audio and a Mobile feed directly off the OB truck.

TC Electronic LM6

In conjunction with TC’s highly acclaimed Radar Loudness Meter, ‘Live Aid’ forms the ultimate package for any production, post or mastering facility delivering content for film or broadcast. In short, the Radar Loudness Display provides the user with coherent information of all relevant loudness data, including history, in a single, recognizable view. The Radar Meter is available on several different platforms such as System 6000 MKII, DB4 MKII/DB8 MKII and LM2, as well as in the form of native plug-ins supporting AAX, RTAS, Audio Suite, AU and VST formats.

All of TC’s loudness solutions reflect the latest standards, even the recently updated ITU-R BS.1770-3. Loudness-related products have already been updated to comply with this brand new incarnation of the BS.1770 loudness standard, including System 6000 MKII, DB4, DB8, DB4 MKII, DB8 MKII, DB2, LM2 and the plug-ins LM6 and LM2. AES visitors are invited to come by the TC booth to experience these newly updated products on site.

More information: TC Electronic

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Steinberg releases free SLM 128 Loudness Meter VST plugin

Steinberg SLM 128 Loudness Meter

Steinberg has announced the release of the SLM 128 Loudness Meter, a plug-in that offers EBU R 128-compliant loudness metering within Cubase 6.5 and Nuendo 5 or higher.

In the last decades, the loudness level of TV and radio commercials has seen a dramatic increase — a phenomenon that is often referred to as loudness war. In order to harmonize audio levels, the European Broadcast Union (EBU) has introduced the R 128 recommendation, a loudness measurement approach based on the new Loudness Unit Full Scale (LUFS). As of August 31, 2012, many broadcasters will only accept EBU R 128-compliant audio signals.

“That’s why we decided to create a loudness metering tool in the very short-term, which enables our customers to create R 128-compliant mixes,” says Timo Wildenhain, product marketing manager at Steinberg.

SLM 128 features

  • EBU R 128-compliant loudness measurement.
  • Momentary, Short Term and Integrated methods.
  • True Peak and Range display.
  • Classical metering.
  • VST 3 plug-in (unsupported).

The SLM 128 Loudness Meter is now available as free download (unsupported) from the Steinberg website.

More information: Steinberg / SLM 128 Loudness Meter

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