NUGEN Audio intros VST3 support for its plugins

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Steinberg VST3

NUGEN Audio has announced that its entire family of professional audio plug-ins is now compliant with Steinberg’s Virtual Studio Technology 3 (VST3) standard. Moving forward, all future releases of NUGEN Audio’s plug-ins will be VST3-compatible.

“With VST3, Steinberg is providing a technological and creative basis for many innovative and exciting new products for the audio industry and opening up a new world of creative possibilities for instrument and effects plug-in users,” said Simon Kerr, chief marketing officer, NUGEN Audio. “By porting our entire range of plug-ins to VST3, we’re once again demonstrating our ongoing commitment to supporting the latest professional audio formats and standards. With VST3, NUGEN Audio is supporting users of Steinberg products with the most seamlessly compatible and innovative audio tools on the market, as well as an assurance of ongoing VST3 compatibility into the future.”

With VST, Steinberg established one of the world’s leading and most widely supported standards for plug-ins and virtual instruments in 1996. With this latest major revision, VST3 marks an important milestone in audio technology with a completely rewritten code base that provides the most stable and reliable VST platform to date, as well as a range of new features.

“NUGEN Audio is well-known for its highly innovative plug-ins and tools for audio professionals, and its products are perfect candidates for VST3 certification,” said Timo Wildenhain, product marketing manager at Steinberg. “The NUGEN Audio plug-in family is the ideal combination of leading-edge technology and rich functionality that we had in mind.”

NUGEN Audio’s Visualizer provides robust audio analysis capabilities for quality audio production, with a standardized reference set of tools that let audio professionals work faster, avoid mistakes, repeat past successes, and understand the success of others. Visualizer’s unique intelligent window facility lets users select multiple view combinations, automatically resizing and aligning windows to maximize legibility and cross-referencing information across screens.

Visualizer and NUGEN Audio’s other VST3-compatible products are available now.

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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.

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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.

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Nugen Audio releases SEQ-S equalizer plugin

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Nugen Audio has announced the release of SEQ-S, a high-fidelity, linear-phase equalizer ideal for music production and mastering as well as film and post-production applications.

Nugen Audio SEQ-S

With support for mono, stereo, 5.1, and 7.1 surround, SEQ-S provides sonic sculpting and precision EQ matching including stereo mid-side operation, automated spectrum analysis, curve smoothing, and a direct-draw spline interface for corrective applications.

“With SEQ-S, we’re providing the industry’s most advanced linear-phase spline-match EQ — enabling sound professionals to massage and correct any audio with incredible resolution and precision that is far beyond what’s possible with a traditional parametric interface,” said Jon Schorah, creative director, NUGEN Audio. “Unlike many digital EQs, SEQ-S features a phase profile that is linear across the frequency spectrum, which results in natural-sounding EQ changes and produces minimal phase artifacts. SEQ-S also includes a unique resolution setting that can be used with high precision in the low frequencies, allowing for highly transparent adjustments without muddying the mix.”

Through SEQ-S’s direct-draw interface and detailed spectrum analysis, users can quickly identify and specifically fine-tune their audio with ease. When coupled with EQ matching via sonic fingerprinting, the solution offers powerful creative possibilities for audio professionals. For instance, they can match one recording to another to capture the “flavor” of a piece of source audio and then transfer it to the current project — a technique that can be used on individual tracks to unify different takes and microphone positions.

In addition, SEQ-S’s EQ invert button provides a minimally invasive technique for creating space in a complex mix, a task that is typically too cumbersome with a traditional EQ. In a typical music project, by “sampling” the vocal and then using the EQ invert button to apply the inverted curve to the backing, users can gently create specific space without unnecessarily damaging the original tonality of the underlying audio.

SEQ-S for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/AudioSuite) is available for MSRP $249 USD.

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NUGEN Audio announces Educational Sales Program

NUGEN Audio has introduced special educational pricing for its complete line of loudness management, metering, and correction solutions.

NUGEN Audio Educational Program
Effective immediately, the company will offer a 50 percent discount to qualifying students, teachers, and institutions.

“NUGEN Audio is committed to investing in the future of the media industry, and we want to make our products as accessible as possible to the next generation of users,” said Jon Schorah, creative director, NUGEN Audio. “As loudness compliance becomes a requirement for broadcasters around the world, it’s critical that loudness monitoring and correction become a standard part of the curriculum for those teaching audio for broadcast and post-production. Our loudness plug-ins are specifically engineered for maximum ease of use and efficiency, which makes them fit perfectly in a professional audio educational setting.”

Subject to terms and conditions, including proof of educational status, the NUGEN Audio education discount is available to current students and faculty, and also to accredited learning institutions. Detailed information is available at www.nugenaudio.com/edu, by emailing edu@nugenaudio.com, or through any local NUGEN Audio dealer.

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