In this free video tutorial with the support of Nugen Audio, team member Marcus Huyskens demonstrates how to use the Ducking & Steering meters within the ISL2 True Peal limiter to ensure there are no negative artifacts affecting your mix.
With the new loudness workflows it is essential that we use true peak limiting to make sure we don’t hit digital headroom as we are often working less than a couple of dBs from digital headroom.
Nugen Audio ISL2 Features
Auto Release Hold Mode - There is a new Intelligent Dynamic Release Mode to enhance algorithm transparency by automatically adjusting to program content in real time. The Auto button when enabled allows ISL2 to analyse the incoming audio signal for low-frequency content and automatically extend the ‘hold’ time of the limiter to ensure a full wavelength passes before the release cycle is activated. This allows the use of shorter release times than might usually be employed, whilst ensuring that harmonic distortion is not introduced when low-frequencies trigger gain reduction.
Scrolling History View - There is a new section in centre of the plug-in which is accessed by this small H icon. This History mode when active, shows an alternative view showing the gain reduction history displaying the maximum reduction on all the channels going through the plug-in.
Steering and Ducking meters - Steering is a by-product of the action of limiting a stereo or surround signal when you don’t fully link each of the channel limiters whilst Ducking is the inverse effect of steering where other channels are ducked due to high-level audio on one channel.
Independent Centre Channel Linking - When ISL2 is used in 5.1 or 7.1 mode, an additional Centre Channel control is available. This control allows independent linking of the Centre channel.
Compact Mode - Although the ISL and now ISL2 have been designed to use at little screen real estate as possible, sometimes with a lot of plug-ins in use it would be nice to have a more compact mode and in ISL2 Nugen Audio have added a Compact view.