Mixing music or other content for consumer consumption is an art in itself, one that takes time to master. MixChecker is designed to save time when inserting it as the last plug-in in the master track of any DAW like Pro Tools to transform studio monitors into classic reference monitors or one of several consumer devices at the press of a (virtual) button. Now you might be asking why you would want to do that? This is now our friends at Audified answer this question...
Ex-broadcast pros from our team always wondered, ‘Why do our trailers always sound so good in the studio, but never the same when you catch them on air?’ When they realised what the issues were, they said, ‘We should have a TV and a radio in every edit room, so that we can mix directly for TV or radio.’ Since sound engineers who mix for iPhone or iPad computer games and YouTube content creators all face the same problem: ‘Do we really need so much gear in our studios? Surely there has got to be a more clever and more convenient way to handle these issues?’
Indeed, issues such as those commonly faced by broadcast engineers are now even more common. Consumers — the everyday people for whom that content is mixed — do not use high-end studio monitors, but often use desktop speakers, tablets, and smartphones to satisfy their everyday listening needs, while watching TV and listening to music in the car remains routine. Best mixing practice today, therefore, involves ensuring that mixes are going to sound the best that they can on a wide range of different devices that sound so wildly different by their very nature — not just on high-end studio monitors.
Meet MixChecker, then... the new mixing assistant plug-in designed to take all the pain out of checking mixes.
Imagine a scenario with no more time wasted exporting mixes to smartphones or burning CDs to listen in a car before going back into the studio to tweak the mix only to have to repeat the tiresome process time and again. MixChecker is designed to be so much more convenient and can perform a quick round of tests in only a matter of seconds, allowing you to get on with the task in hand — making mixing corrections at a (key)stroke, still fresh from knowing what the problem in the mix actually was!
Working with MixChecker is designed to be simple. Straightforward functions are separated into two specific sections: Simulation accesses acoustic models of several consumer devices and classic reference monitors — simply select the device you want to check the sound of your mix on by pressing a single button clearly labelled with an instantly-recognisable icon... indeed, cycling through these buttons bring about an authentic overview of how the mix should sound across a variety of realistic real-world listening devices; not all studio monitors deliver a flat frequency response, however — hence the Compensation control section... select from four more clearly-labelled buttons to tell MixChecker that you are using average 5” or 8” speakers or headphones and listen to the resulting sound change accordingly (although high-quality studio monitor owners should simply select OFF). The BYPASS button turns off all processing, ensuring that the signal passes through MixChecker without being treated.
There you have it, then. Audified have taken the time to measure the frequency responses and behaviour of all the available devices in laboratory conditions to create models that are true and faithful, MixChecker is designed so you hear what they hear.