NUGEN Audio intros MasterCheck loudness tool

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NUGEN Audio MasterCheck

At the 137th AES Convention, NUGEN Audio is celebrating 10 years of service to the music and audio post-production communities by introducing MasterCheck, the first modern loudness tool for the music industry, as well as a significant update of Visualizer, the company’s industry-leading audio analysis tool.

MasterCheck is the first music-industry-specific audio plug-in designed to facilitate mix and mastering for the modern world of loudness normalized playout. iTunes®, Spotify®, and DAB Radio all now use loudness normalization, and MasterCheck reveals how the consumer will hear audio on these music platforms, and others, by using internationally recognized loudness, dynamics, and true-peak standards. Ideal for every aspect of music production including recording, mixing, mastering, compilation, archive, and restoration, MasterCheck can also be used for producing podcasts at optimal loudness levels for dialog clarity within the listener environment. With MasterCheck, audio engineers can employ a single plug-in to apply loudness matching and dynamic content analysis, using techniques such as peak-to-loudness ratio (PLR) to compare multiple sources. The advanced side-chain loudness matching can also be used to audition signal paths, without the “improvement” of increased loudness, to understand precisely how various effects, such as compression, can change the sound with no influence from the loudness enhancement.

Version 2 of Visualizer is the latest incarnation of NUGEN Audio’s audio analysis suite designed for high-end music professionals. Ideal for music mixing and mastering, as well as audio post-production, Visualizer provides comprehensive audio analysis for recording, mixing, and mastering in a single plug-in. A standardized reference set of professional tools is designed to help audio engineers work faster, avoid mistakes, repeat past successes, and understand the success of others.

Based on customer feedback, Visualizer now features numerous user interface enhancements including a fully resizable interface, a multiview feature that enables engineers to compare multiple sources with a single plug-in, and a difference view showing the difference between two input signals. Visualizer is available in a version supporting Avid Pro Tools | HDX, as well as a stand-alone application version.

At AES137, NUGEN Audio will preview a new upmix process specifically designed for film and TV production. Capable of producing a downmix-compatible upmix with optional dialog isolation in the center channel, the new technology is projected to be available in early 2015.

More information: NUGEN Audio

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TC Electronic intros aNorm – Adaptive Loudness Normalization

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TC Electronic has introduced aNorm, a new, original and highly innovative approach to loudness adjustment that learns the incoming program on the fly and adapts seamlessly to hit user-defined Targets for Program Loudness and Loudness Range (LRA). It delivers uncompromised audio that has not been dynamically processed unless requested.

In most cases, setting the Targets is all that aNorm needs to achieve a great-sounding result that stays within the boundaries of international broadcast standards and legislation. In other words, it has never been easier to integrate, setup and use intelligent loudness processing that doesn’t destroy delicate balances set in production.

TC Electronic also debuts a brand new Loudness Processing Meter as part of aNorm: The Butterfly Meter™.

TC Electronic aNorm

This innovative interface displays content pre and post loudness normalization using a graph that instantly provides an overview of how and why incoming audio is adjusted. Both the Program Loudness and Loudness Range parameters are reflected visually – not just as numeric values. The sheer look of the meter is just as astonishing as it is intuitive and informative.

“We are proud to offer second-generation loudness normalization and new loudness processing metering to all audio-conscious broadcasters,” says TC Electronic’s Thomas Valter, VP of Business Management, Broadcast & Production. “aNorm adapts seamlessly to your content to achieve a transparent result where delicate production balances aren’t washed out. aNorm is also easy to use – It even leads to new transition processing never before possible.”

To Normalize or Not to Normalize
In numerous published research papers, TC Electronic has shown how transparent normalization is the audio-friendly, low-cost concept that prevents blurring of foreground and background elements. It works across genres, works across platforms and works across codecs – now and in the future. The goal for any audio-conscious broadcaster is to loudness-normalize programs before transmission. Pre-normalization of all content, however, may not be achievable from the first day of a station’s transition to loudness normalization. aNorm therefore allows the user to indicate whether or not a program has already been normalized.

aNorm represents a revolution in streaming processing that keeps dynamic changes at a minimum by normalizing intelligently first. Only if normalization by itself is not enough to hit the Targets for Program Loudness and Loudness Range, aNorm applies dynamic loudness processing. Without proper attention to normalization, the spirit and the revolutionary improvements from EBU R128, TR-B32, ATSC A/85 etc. cannot be expected to reliably make it through to the listener leading to the risk of extensive transmission or consumer processing is simply too big. This is exactly what aNorm seeks to prevent, providing a way for broadcasters to ensure their audio is preserved as pure as humanly possible – from the earliest production stage to the speakers of the viewers and listeners.

The new aNorm algorithm and loudness processing meter (Butterfly Meter) are part of the new LoudnessWizard II license for TC Electronic’s DB6 Broadcast Audio Processor.

More information: TC Electronic / aNorm

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NUGEN Audio unveils key loudness management innovations & celebrates 10-year anniversary at IBC2014

At the IBC2014 show in Amsterdam, NUGEN Audio is celebrating a decade of service to the film and broadcast community by showcasing several innovations in its line of industry-leading post-production and broadcast audio tools.

NUGEN Audio DynAptT for LMB

The centerpiece is the company’s groundbreaking new DynAptT dynamic adaptation technology for loudness-compliant audio repurposing, now available as an extension for NUGEN Audio’s Loudness Management Batch (LMB) Processor. In addition, NUGEN Audio is introducing a new version of LMB Processor’s MXF Extension with DPP AS-11 compatibility.

Also at IBC2014, NUGEN Audio will feature version 1.1 of MultiMonitor, its powerful loudness and true-peak monitoring software application, and will preview its upcoming technology for stereo-to-5.1/7.1/9.1 upmixing in film and television production.

NUGEN Audio’s LMB Processor, an offline file-based batch loudness analysis and correction program for high throughput applications, is the first product to feature the company’s new DynApt technology. DynApt addresses the challenges of repurposing theatrical content to TV in the context of full loudness compliance, giving audio engineers a new option for adapting the content in a fast and efficient manner that completely preserves dialogue clarity. DynApt provides similar breakthrough benefits when adapting TV content for mobile streaming, or any other application that requires adapting dynamics accurately to the constraints of the delivery system. Working much faster than real-time, DynApt adapts dynamic audio appropriately for different listening environments and playout systems, while respecting the level of dialog in the original mix and meeting specific loudness criteria.

LMB Processor’s MXF Extension is the first NUGEN Audio product set to receive DPP AS-11 certification, a result of the company’s participation in the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) compliance program. Making its IBC debut, the MXF Extension introduces native MXF audio-handling that enables LMB Processor to perform automated analysis and correction of audio within an MXF container while preserving all other data within the file.

Ideal for loudness playout monitoring in master control rooms and outside broadcasting operations, MultiMonitor version 1.1 includes usability and logging improvements to enhance the postmortem and compliance record, so that data can be reviewed later if the need arises. MultiMonitor now offers individual logging for up to 16 individual loudness and true-peak meters – a total of up to 96 mono, stereo, and 5.1 audio channels. With version 1.1 of MultiMonitor, each meter is individually network addressable, broadening the possible applications.

NUGEN Audio’s new Enterprise Solution Program offers a wide range of custom-coded applications that can be tailored to the specific needs of large-enterprise customers. The new program leverages NUGEN Audio’s experience delivering software-based loudness integrations in many large organizations worldwide, such as the BBC, ESPN, France Télévisions, VRT Belgium, and many others. Each custom enterprise solution can support multiple users and enable IT staff to centralize licensing across multiple machines, without having to juggle many unique license codes.

“For a decade, NUGEN Audio has been serving the needs of clients ranging from small, boutique post-production houses, to the world’s largest broadcast and production organizations. At IBC2014, attendees will see why NUGEN Audio continues to be the leading innovator for standards-based solutions that ease the burden of loudness compliance,” said Jon Schorah, founder and creative director, NUGEN Audio. “A great example is our new DynApt technology, which makes loudness compliance and repurposing faster and less expensive, with a better-quality result than other methods. And MultiMonitor now supports individual logging and network addressing for more loudness meters and more channels than any other solution.”

NUGEN Audio 10th Anniversary

In celebration of its 10 years of business, NUGEN Audio is now offering a 40% discount on its Loudness Toolkit, an industry-leading suite of loudness, true-peak metering, and correction tools including VisLM, ISL, and LM-Correct.

More information: NUGEN Audio

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Voxengo releases EBusLim limiter & maximizer plugin

Voxengo EBusLim

Voxengo has announced the release of EBusLim, a brickwall peak limiter and loudness maximization plug-in for Windows and Mac.

EBusLim is a brickwall peak limiter and loudness maximization plug-in for professional music production applications. EBusLim implements a single EL-4-based limiter mode originally designed in Elephant mastering limiter plug-in. This mode is suitable for bus, drum bus, master bus and track processing. The design idea behind EBusLim is to produce an extremely easy-to-use yet effective limiter.

Since EBusLim only features a single processing mode the processing latency was reduced down to 0.5 milliseconds permitting the use of this limiter as master bus overload protector for both stereo and multi-channel applications.

EBusLim features

  • Elephant-quality limiter mode
  • Extreme ease of use
  • Stereo and multi-channel processing
  • 64-bit floating point processing
  • All sample rates support
  • 0.5 ms compensated processing latency

EBusLim for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for

More information: Voxengo / EBusLim

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RTW releases Loudness Tools plugin

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RTW Loudness Tools

RTW hsa announced the release of Loudness Tools, the first in a series of RTW Masterclass PlugIns, an entirely new range of products that provides RTW meters as standard-format PlugIns for Windows and Mac.

By transferring the analyzer tools to a pure software that requires no additional hardware, RTW will also make them available to musicians, radio producers, and audio/video engineers who need to meet the resulting implementation specifications required by TV and radio broadcasters. As a means for quality control, the RTW Loudness Tools with their precisely working and easy-to-read instruments ensure compliance with custom specifications. Thanks to intuitive operation, they are equally suitable for users with or without background knowledge.

RTW Loudness Tools is a Masterclass PlugIn featuring Metering and Loudness display for mono, stereo, multichannel, and surround applications (8 channels max.) and all standard sampling rates up to 96 kHz. It supports all widely used PPM and TruePeak measurements and scales.

With this the RTW Loudness Tools Masterclass PlugIn provides the functionality of the award-winning TM7 and TM9 basic PPM instruments in combination with its loudness licence and offers the same degree of functionality and clarity as the hardware models. The instruments can be freely arranged and scaled. Various function parameters offer extra flexibility.
Six selectable window frames (landscape and portrait view) permit the tailorable positioning of the provided instruments. Multiple instances may be used. You can store all setups and layouts as presets in your DAW.

The RTW Loudness Tools are available for download at the RTW members area. Activation codes are available from RTW’s sales partners. Requires iLok.

More information: RTW / Loudness Tools

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