Professional Sound - October 2017 - Page 24

PRODUCT TESTS Nugen Audio MasterCheck Pro By Adam Gallant I n May of 2017, Spotify lowered its loud- ness target to -14 LKFS, providing its listeners with more dynamic range and fidelity – another sign that perhaps the loudness wars are behind us. With most music consumption happening via popular streaming services, mixing and mastering engineers require modernized tools that make measuring the volume information of our content thorough and tailored to streaming services. Nugen’s MasterCheck Pro is a loudness measuring and metering tool that has the added benefit of simulating real-world, consumer endpoint listening. It is a tool that takes the guesswork out of optimiz- ing mixes and masters to specifications in a loudness-normalized environment such as Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Pandora, Tidal, television broadcast, and more. Hitting Loudness Targets In the world of streaming music, there is no longer a benefit to providing a “hot” master. The vast majority of service provid- ers will effectively turn loud content down at playback to avoid consumers reaching for the volume knob as songs change. This means our limited-to-as-loud-as-possible mixes will end up sounding dull and lack- ing dynamics/transients when piped down to listeners via the most popular streaming services. Nugen MasterCheck Pro makes it easy to pull up a variety of popular loudness targets and gives the engineer the full ad- vantage of mixing and mastering with the increased dynamics that would otherwise be lost to the loudness normalization pro- cess. The target loudness is dependent on the plug-in’s selected preset, and Master- Check allows for user presets with custom targets to easily be created in the settings section. Measuri 幅)]Ѡ5ѕ ȁѕȁ̰)Ց̰ѡ՜ݥɔѡ)ɽɅՑ̸Q́مՔ́ѥԴ)ѕ́ɕȁ)ѡՑɕͥѡЁɕ͕и )ձа5ѕ ݥɕ͕Ёѡѕ)ٕѥ剅́ѽѡ)ɕхѕ(ЁAI=MM%=90M=U9)5ѕ )́Ց)ɕ́1-L)ѼՑ)ɅѥA1HѠ)ٕѥȁɵЁ)յɥمՕ̸%)́ѡхɐ)͡ӊMѕɴՑ)ѕȁѡа)ѼՑ)ɅѥѽȁȰ)ѕɕՔ)ѕȀݡɕٕ)ѕȵ̤ͅ)ѡɥиQɔ́ͼݥэȁͥ)䁅ѽ酉ȁѽ)ȁ͕ȵݽɭ̸)ٽ )5ͥɕ͕٥ɽ٥͔́)ɕͥ́ѼɕՍͥ)ݥѠQչЁɕ̴)ͥЁѥ)Յ佉ݥѠȁՉ͍ɥѥѥ(́MѥAɕմݥ)ɕͽѥݹ́Ѐ̸́ѡ)хɐɕ̤ѡ)͕5@̰ =Yɉ̰ь)9՝5ѕ Aɼ́ɼ)Ս́ѼȁݡЁ́ѕ)ݥͽչѡɽ՝ݥمɥ䁽)́ɕٕ̰ͥѡ)ݡ她́ݥѠ́ѕȵͅ)Քѕɥ9єѡЁѡ́ɔ)́䁅م٥5ѕ Aɼ)Ёѡɕձȁٕͥͥ)Ёѡ́Aɼɔ́ѡЁѡ՜)Ѽٔ́ͥձх)ͱ䰁ѡEɽ̸)eȁ5)Q́՜ͼ́ե݅Ѽ)ɔȁѕɥѼѡȁɍ)́ݥѠѕɹɕɕи )ͥ䁥ѥՑѼȁ͕ͥ)ѡՑ9՝M)՜ѡЁ5ѕ ݥ)䁱Ց́ɵѥɽѡ)͕ѡхɝЁՑ́ɕѕɹ)ɕɕ́ͼѽɕȁѽ)эɍɕ͕є)ɥѼȁݽɬɽɕ́ѕȸͼ)ѡ́ѽ͕Ѽɵ锁)́ɽͥѼȁչɕѕ)̸Q́х́ѡՕݽɬЁ)ٕэȁ́ɕ̴)ͥݡ ѡչɕѕѼ)ѡɽ͕ก ́)хЁЁȁՑéEɽ)ݡѕɥͥQ́՜)́Ѽե䁅ɔɅѕ䁵ɔ)ɔȁɕɕѕɥѼѡ)е)Mյ)9՝5ѕ Aɼ́ѽѡ)͕́ѡЁѼє)͕ȁѕɥ̰ɥ)ͥȁ\9ɔɥ͕́ݡ)ȁѕɥх́ɕ٥eQՉ)AɽՍ́́܁ե)ٕȁѕ́ȁѱ́ѡ)ɔձ䁽ѥ镐ȁ)ɽɥєՑ̰ɕхѠ)丁Q́ɽՍЁ́ɕȁѡ)ѽéхɑ́ȁՑ́ɵ鄴)ѥɕ݅ɐ幅ѕ̸́$)͕ѡ́ѽٕ͕հȁ)䁵ͥɽՍ̰Ёͼ)ɕѽ́ݡѕՙȁɽȵՅ)Ց͕䁡䁍ɕͥɽ)ɕ͕٥̸Q́ͥձѕ)յȁѕ䁽́ݡЁ)9՝5ѕ AɼЁѡѡ)ѕɵ́ѕɥ饹)Ё́ݽɭ́)хՑɽՍѥɽͥ)ͥѥѼѥЁՑȁѕ٥ͥ) !ɕѱ䁽ݹ́Ʌѕ́Q)!MչMՑ ɱѕѽݸA