Nugen Audio has released the latest version of their loudness metering software VisLM. V2.8.3 brings 2 new features, one minor - a change to the Netflix stereo preset and one major - the introduction of Flags, which help to visualise Alerts and navigate through them. An added bonus is that whilst we were preparing the video tutorial showing the new features, we discovered an undocumented feature in VisLM from Nugen Audio that is really clever and will save you time and money and so we had to include that in the video tutorial as well!
Back in 2017 we asked Which Loudness Meter Plug-in Do You Use In Pro Tools? and a couple of weeks ago we repeated the question and poll. In this article we analyse whether loudness meter usage has changed during the last 2 years.
At NAB 2019 on the Avid Stage, re-recording mixer for TV Scott Weber, who has mixed shows like Lost, Person Of Interest and Westworld, discussed how to mix TV shows to meet the different US broadcaster’s and Network’s delivery specs and how things vary from network to network and what impact that has on the mix and deliverables.
There are a lot of loudness meters out there and we thought it would be interesting to see which ones are in common usage and why. Please do share your thoughts in the comments and vote for the Pro Tools compatible loudness plug-in that you use the most in the poll.
In this premium video tutorial our resident loudness guru Mike Thornton takes us through how to use the the TC Electronic LM1n loudness metering plug-in. The advantages of the LM1n is that it doesn’t take up much screen real estate and 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.
Following the resurrection of Dolby’s Dialog Intelligence with the new Netflix delivery specs and best practice recommendations, in this article, we ask whether Dolby’s algorithm is still fit for purpose as a speech-gating solution?
Mastering Sounds "Overproduced"? - How Wide Is The Bottom End In Your Mix? PureMix and Brian Lucey Might Have The Answer.
The Youlean Loudness Meter a free loudness meter plug-in and unlike some other free loudness meter plug-ins runs on macOS and Windows and supports AAX, VST and AU plug-in formats.
Scott Kramer who is Manager, Sound Technology | Creative Technologies & Infrastructure at Netflix reached out to us to ask if he could respond to our very popular article Has Netflix Turned The Clock Back 10 Years Or Is Their New Loudness Delivery Spec A Stroke Of Genius? We always welcome responses to articles we produce and so welcome Scott’s request to share this thoughts on how this new loudness spec came about.
Whilst at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam we were able to get an exclusive first look at the new Loudness Toolkit suite of plug-ins including LM-Correct, ISL and VisLM which now has new presets for the new Netflix delivery spec with a new loudness parameter, Dialogue LRA as well as new flexibility to simultaneously monitor multiple integrated measurements.
It seemed I started getting emails from people almost as soon as the virtual ink was dry on the latest delivery spec to come from Netflix. People were concerned about the language and the impression that Netflix had turned the clock back 10 years by using Dolby’s Dialog Intelligence software. In this article, we investigate to see if Netflix’s new delivery spec is a retrograde move, a pragmatic response to the changing climate, or a stroke of genius.
It was 1st October 2014 that the Digital Production Partnership required that all UK TV broadcast content had to be delivered with EBU R128 compliant sound. Elsewhere around the world, some territories were ahead and some were behind but on average Loudness has been in our delivery specs for around 4 years now. We wanted to ask the question 'Has Loudness compliance worked or caused more problems than it has solved?'
I have been relatively quiet for a while on the issue of loudness and loudness workflows in a broadcast setting. However, since my last articles on loudness, there have been a number of issues that have been exercising the little grey cells as Agatha Christie's Poirot would say, which I plan to explore further in this article.
Dolby is quietly discontinuing their Media Meter 2 loudness measurement software on August 23rd, 2018. Our friends at Nugen Audio have responded to this with what we think is a very generous offer.
10 years ago this year Russ Hughes started the AIR Users blog, which morphed into Pro Tools Expert in 2012. To kick off our year of celebrations we are running a competition with a Pro Audio gear and software prize pot worth over $28,000. Enter The Pro Tools Expert 10th Anniversary Competition to be in with the chance of winning the Nugen Audio Post Production Pack worth $859, which includes VisLM-H 2, LM-Correct 2, ISL 2, Stereoizer, Monofilter, Stereoplacer, Visualizer, SEQ-S, and the DynApt extension for LM-Correct.
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.
FabFilter Pro-L 2 is a fully featured true-peak mixing and mastering limiter plug-in. The previous version, FabFilter Pro-L, was voted most popular limiter plug-in out of 15+ third party limiters by the Pro Tools Expert Community. How could FabFilter possibly improve on perfection? Well, it appears FabFilter have done so with the addition of several new features along with some major improvements.
Here especially in the UK, the sound mix for Blue Planet 2 has come under fire in the press and on social media. At least it is not another case of Mumblegate, but the complaints are about the music volume being overwhelming and the foley effects being too loud and off-putting. But is this a case of the press whipping it up or are there genuine criticisms here?