In this premium video tutorial, I cover how to use the baby in the TC Electronic plug-in loudness metering family - the LM1n showing how to use the LM1n in CD and album mastering workflows. As part of the process of assembling an album, the mastering engineer will adjust the relative loudness of each track so that when the album is played as a whole, the listener doesn’t have to adjust their volume control because some tracks are too loud whilst others are too quiet. Now with a loudness meter like the LM1n on the CD Master preset, you can run each track through the LM1n and get a quantitive measurement of the loudness of each track. To make this even easier and quicker it is possible to use the LM1n is a non-real-time mode. For example, in Pro Tools, you can use the AudioSuite version of the LM1n to analyse the clip in non-real-time.
The advantages of the LM1n is that it doesn’t take up much screen real estate, as you can see the comparison between the LM1n, LM2n normal size and the LM2n Big display. The LM1n’s simpler display also makes it ideal for multi-skilled staff and for use in other sectors like mastering for music streaming and albums.
With more and more music tracks being delivered on services that now use loudness normalisation, we no longer need to compress the life out of a song to make it louder than any other track, because tracks that are too loud will just get turned down. We can now enjoy tracks with some dynamic range. In loudness workflows there is a new measurement Loudness Range. Tom Frampton a mastering engineer from Mastering The Mix explains what Loudness Range is and how to use it to help produce tracks with an appropriate amount of dynamic range.
In this free video tutorial, with the support of Nugen Audio, our very own loudness guru Mike Thornton will show you how to use their LM-Correct 2 plug-in to produce multiple loudness compliant mixes for different delivery specs as well as repurpose content for use on different platforms.
In this premium video tutorial, I cover how to use the TC Electronic LM2n and LM6n plug-in loudness meters. Although there a number of loudness meters that include a histogram feature that displays loudness history, the radar display interface is unique to TC Electronic loudness meters so I spend some time exploring how to read and interpret it, as it folds back on itself so that you get a continuous display of the loudness history, which is also relevant to anyone using hardware meters with the TC Electronic radar display option fitted like the TouchMonitor.
In this premium video tutorial, I cover how to use the baby in the TC Electronic plug-in loudness metering family - the LM1n showing how to use the LM1n in CD and album mastering workflows.
In this free video tutorial, with the support of our friends at Nugen Audio, learn from our own loudness guru Mike Thornton how to use loudness differential monitoring using colour bands in the VisLM loudness meter to keep within loudness targets.
There is a wide range of Loudness meters out there now. In the last of our 3 part series on Overview - Loudness Metering Plug-ins And Resources we focus on loudness metering plug-ins aimed at the music mastering sector.
There is a wide range of Loudness meters out there now, so many that we have had to split them across 3 articles. In the second of our 3 part series on Loudness Metering Plug-ins And Resources we will be looking at the iZotope Insight, Avid Pro Limiter with built in loudness metering, zplane PPMulator Plus, which includes loudness metering and finish with RTW Loudness Tools.
In this free video tutorial, with the support of our friends at Nugen Audio, Production Expert team member Peter Barter demonstrates how to use the MasterCheck Pro plug-in to quickly A/B loudness and dynamics levels between your own tracks and trusted reference sources.
There is a wide range of Loudness meters out there now, so many we have had to split them across 3 articles. As we have loudness normalisation coming into more and more workflows, not just broadcast audio but music streaming services too, we thought it would be helpful to provide a round-up of the different players that are now available. We know it is not completely exhaustive but it covers the main players in the loudness meter plug-in sector. In the first of our 3 part series on Overview - Loudness Metering Plug-ins And Resources we look at the Nugen Audio VisLM 2, TC Electronic LM2n and LM6n, Waves WLM Plus and the free HOF 4U Suite which includes a loudness meter.
When a sound source increases in volume our ears and brains instinctively prefer the louder signal, so in the past it was difficult to accurately compare and make an objective assessment as to what the compressor or limiter was actually doing to the sound. Mastercheck from Nugen Audio solves this problem with a neat and easy solution that should help your decision-making process when added loudness may have clouded your judgment in the past.
In the last of this series on the Avid Pro collection of plug-ins, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers Looks at Pro Limiter, an indispensable tool for people wanting to deliver content to a specific loudness. A very capable brickwall limiter with loudness metering, for a full review look at Russ’ review for music mixers and Mike’s follow up review for post production.
This article contains a selection of video tutorials that cover Post Production Loudness in Pro Tools - The Loudness Handbook.
These tutorials are arranged in order of workflow.
In this free video tutorial, Mike Thornton covers in detail how to setup and use each of the instruments that only come in RTW Mastering Tools. These are the Vectorscope Instrument, Surround Sound Analyzer Instrument, Real Time Analyzer Instrument, and the multi-channel version of the Correlator instrument as Loudness Tools only has a stereo Correlator Instrument.
In this free video tutorial, Mike Thornton covers in detail how to setup and use each of the instruments that come in both RTW Loudness Tools and RTW Mastering Tools. These are the PPM Instrument, Loudness Sum Instrument, Loudness Numeric Instrument, Loudness Range Instrument and Stereo Correlator Instrument.
In this free video tutorial Mike Thornton covers the all the features that are common to both RTW Loudness Tools and RTW Mastering Tools, including how to set them up, either from scratch or by using one of the factory presets. In addition he covers how to resize the plugin window as well as configure and use of the buttons like Start and Stop/Reset. Finally he covers how to setup the standalone versions of RTW Mastering Tools and RTW Loudness Tools.