New York, NY (July 28, 2016)—Developed by 29Palms in collaboration with Mastering The Mix, a new plug-in, Levels, aims to help music creators build a “technically excellent” mix.
“Metering plugins are super boring and unintuitive for the majority of music makers, yet crucial for getting a technically excellent mix, so I developed a tool that artists would actually want to use,” said Tom Frampton, audio engineer/director of Mastering The Mix. “I wanted to give music producers a simple solution to assessing the technical details of their music, but with an awesome user experience. In a nutshell, this software only alerts you if there is a technical issue with your mix. If all is well, it just lets you continue making music and doesn't disrupt your flow.”
The plug-in is based around a home display has four sections labeled Headroom, Stereo Field, Dynamic Range and Bass Space. When in use, Levels assesses audio as it passes through; if there are no issues with a mix, the four sections will glow green, but if there is an aspect that needs to be fixed, the given section will glow red. Each clickable and opens up a new dedicated central display. In turn, the dedicated ?displays give users a relevant insight into the technical details of your mix.
• True peak meter to make sure masters don't clip through speakers.
• EBU R128 compliant integrated and short term LUFS meters
• Vectorscope to visualize stereo width. Left / right and correlation meter will glow red if there are issues and remain green if all is well.
• Low Pass button on vectorscope solos low frequencies below 300 Hz so users can see their stereo width.
• Dynamic Range section tells if music is over-compressed. Algorithm based on reliable Short Term LUFS to peak ratio.
• Bass Space section identifies if any channels are outputting unwanted low frequencies.
The plug-in is available in VST, VST3, Audio Units and AAX formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit) MAC - OS X 10.8 or higher. 32-bit or 64-bit AU, VST 2/3 or AAX host.
Windows - Windows 7, 8 or 10. 32-bit or 64-bit VST 2/3 or AAX host.
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