Results for loudness war

Below are the posts that should have something to do with 'loudness war'.

Note: Use the search form in the top right if you're looking for something specific.

  

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

TC Electronic launches website on Loudness

Related: , , , Posted in news on Oct 29, 2012 - comment 0 comments
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

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

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

Short links for July 12th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# PERSPECTIVE LYRIQUE via Make:Blog

An interactive architectural mapping.
Fete des Lumieres / Lyon / France / 2010

A mapping by 1024 Architecture, projected on the facade of former Lyrical theater the “Celestins”. The building deformations and figures were controlled by the audience, using a microphone and an audio analysis algorythm.

More info at 1024architecture.net and 1024d.wordpress.com

# Dan303: Tenori-On iPad app review

Dan Weatherall on the TNR-i for iOS:

Yamaha TNR-i

The official Tenori on iOS app enter the app store the other week but at £12 I was a little hesitant to buy it. After a little thought and a bit of googling I decided it was indeed worth the price.

The cheapest hardware Tenori-On (the TNR-O) is roughly £500 where as the current price of the iPad 2 is £499 (cheapest wifi only model) so considering that both the devices are pretty much exactly the same price (and I already own an iPad) it makes sence to get the iOS version.

# Thumbs Up for Madrona Labs AALTO Software Synthesizer (Modulate This! – A Blog for Electronic Music Artists)

Madrona Labs Aalto

Mark Mosher shares some info on the Aalto semi-modular software synth.

Peter Kirn over at Create Digital Music did a post on a new synth by Madrona Labs last month. Even though I wasn’t in the market for a new synth right now I ended up buying this Aalto within an hour or so of downloading the demo so I wanted to pass this along and help promote Madrona’s great work. At $99 this is an incredible value.

# From the Trenches of the Loudness Wars, A Broad Survey of Research
Peter Kirn writes:

You’ve heard the gripes, and heard and seen the somewhat unscientific demos. Now it’s time to examine the over-compression of music with – science! Earl Vickers of STMicroelectronics examines the Loudness Wars in an academic paper, as noted to us by reader photohounds.

# Flickr: LEGO Album Covers via wire to the ear

Flickr LEGO Album Covers

# little-scale: Tau Percussion Sample Pack

Sebastian Tomczak has posted a nice free sample pack.

I made a small set of percussion samples using a waveform generated from the first 614 digits of 2π. Download it here: http://milkcrate.com.au/_other/downloads/sample_sets/Tau_Kit.zip

# Talking About The Upcoming Sound Packs With Elliott Fienberg

Nick of Nick’s Tutorials:

Elliot Fienberg aka MrTunes

I just finished recording a really enjoyable conversation with Elliott Fienberg, the man behind the Wobble Tech Radio podcast.

We chatted about some recording industry news and talked a bit about my upcoming Ableton Live packs that I’ll start releasing in the next month or so.

Check out the recording here, and be sure to check out Elliott’s other episodes: http://mixlr.com/mrtunes/wobble-tech-radio-10-with-the-ableton-tutor

# Dan303: Analog acid/minimal bass stabs (multisample)

More free samples from Dan303:

These multi samples were taken from my FreeBass FB383 bassline synth. It’s a rackmount analog bass synthesizer (clone of the Roland TB303).

Rockit 8-bit Synth Kit

# Open-Source Rockit 8-bit Synth Kit Coming

Peter at Create Digital Music:
Chicago-based hacker and synthesist Matt Heins is working on an open source synth kit. As a co-creator of the MeeBlip open source-synth hardware, I’m biased — I want more open synth hardware! So this is looking like some great company. The instrument is 8-bit, with analog filter circuitry, coded in C.

Pleasurize Music Foundation updates TT Dynamic Range Meter to v1.3

Pleasurize Music Foundation TT Dynamic Range Meter

Pleasurize Music Foundation has released version 1.3 of TT Dynamic Range Meter, a plug-in and standalone application for measuring the dynamic range in audio.

From the manual:

Out clearly‐defined goal is to discover and categorize over compression and to prevent overs with good true peak metering. We supply a whole number system from DR4 to DR14 to define the dynamic quality of a recording on one glance.
In order to achieve this goal, we have conducted extensive experimentation and have decided to obtain the “official” DR Value from the TT DR Offline Meter. A real‐time measurement would have certainly taxed the patience of users in determining the official and correct DR value.

Changes in TT Dynamic Range Meter v1.3

  • The TT Dynamic Range Meter Plug‐in is unchanged since version 1.2a.
  • The TT DR Offline Meter has two important new features:
    • File/Folder Switch: You have the choice to measure a complete image file of a sound carrier or the complete content of a folder. In folder mode please make sure to measure the complete album and avoid double or missing tracks within the folder for correct results. Folder mode is required for proper measurement in case of varying peak headroom from track to track. This would cause deviating results if measured in file mode. The folder mode enables easy DR measurement of CDs in combination with grabber software.
    • Logfile: If active the measurement process will write a logfile into the directory of the investigated folder. The logfile contains information like the total number of tracks, official DR value, peak and RMS information.

Important! Use just the TT DR Offline Meter to get the official DR value! The Plug‐in is designed
for true peak and dynamic monitoring purposes.

The TT Dynamic Range Meter is currently available as a standalone application and VST plug-in for Windows PC (RTAS and AU version are planned for May 2009).

Visit the Pleasurize Music Foundation for more information.