First there was a tweet from @deafgirly saying “Subtitles aren't just for deaf people. Lots of my hearing friends use them, too.” This tweet went viral and was picked up by a UK newspaper. For audio professionals this seems like a kick in the teeth, after all if the speech intelligibility, of the content we mix, is so bad, surely we cannot be doing our job properly? Or are there other factors at play? In this article we investigate and offer some clear conclusions.
The dictionary definition of intelligibility is “the quality or condition of being intelligible - capable of being understood; comprehensible; clear enough to be understood.” It seems that there is a growing issue with people not being able to hear the dialog in content aimed at domestic consumption, whether that is TV programmes or OTT shows, the number of complaints has increased as a result of shows like Jamaica Inn, or Happy Valley and SSGB here in the UK. In this article we are going to take a look at the factors that control our ability to discern what is being said - speech intelligibility.
MeterPlugs has released a plug-in version of its Loudness Penalty web tool, which brings this useful tool into your DAW and helps you pinpoint the issues and fix them within your DAW.
Are you working on an audio mix for Netflix but unable to use Insight because it hasn’t got dialog-gating and a Netflix preset? Worry no longer, iZotope has announced Insight 2.1 which brings a Netflix preset for all those working on Netflix content.
The team at RTW focus on helping users to visualise audio to help audio engineers take more informed decisions in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. As well as their hardware audio meters and monitoring devices, RTW also offer a range of native plug-in suites, comprising Loudness Tools, Mastering Tools and Continuous Loudness Control.
With the growth of music streaming services and how they deliver music to the consumer is changing the way we need to mix and master content, especially for music streaming services. In this article and free video Tutorial in conjunction with Nugen Audio, our own loudness guru Mike Thornton demonstrates the importance of True Peak metering and limiting and how they can help prevent the consumer getting distorted tracks.
As a bit of fun on the team we’ve challenged one another to this; you get to keep all the plugins supplied with you DAW but then you only get to keep one more plugin. Mike Thornton makes his choice.
With the growth of music streaming services and how they deliver music to the consumer is changing the way we need to mix and master content, especially for music streaming services. In this article and free video Tutorial in conjunction with Nugen Audio, our own loudness guru Mike Thornton shows how the loudness wars have destroyed the dynamic range of our music and how loudness normalisation used my music streaming services is enabling us to bring back life into our music tracks.
Now that revenue from audio streaming services is higher than all other music delivery formats combined, it’s even more important to understand the impact that streaming has on audio production and how best to optimise our mixes to make the most of the way streaming services deliver our content to the consumer. In this series of 3 articles and free video tutorials in conjunction with Nugen Audio, our own loudness guru Mike Thornton takes you through the history, why loudness is important for music, and how to prepare your mixes ready for music streaming services.
Primarily, I’d use the original Insight in post production and mastering. I might refer to it from time to time for mixing, but not as often as in other cases. This has changed with Insight 2, as the suite provides several improvements that make it a killer companion for mixing duties for me. In this article I will outline its killer features…
iZotope today has released RX Post Production Suite 3, a bundle which includes two brand-new product updates, RX 7 Advanced and the long-awaited Insight 2, as well as Neutron 2 Advanced, RX Loudness Control, and bonus content from Pro Sound Effects and Groove3.
At IBC 2018 in Amsterdam, Nugen Audio will be previewing a significant update to its Loudness Toolkit on stand 8.D56. Loudness Toolkit 2.8 will provide a new loudness parameter, Dialogue LRA as well as new flexibility to simultaneously monitor multiple integrated measurements to support the new Netflix delivery specs.