New York, NY (October 3, 2014)—At the 2014 AES Convention in Los Angeles, Nugen Audio is introducing MasterCheck, an audio plug-in that lets producers create music in the new audio paradigm of loudness normalization in music streaming.
According to Jon Schorah, founder and creative director, Nugen Audio, “Streaming services such as iTunes Radio, Spotify, and DAB Radio are now using loudness normalization and true-peak limiting techniques. We designed MasterCheck to empower producers to mix audio to the new criteria and understand not only how algorithms from the major streaming platforms will affect the mix, but how the music will sound on consumer playout devices for the optimal listening experience.”
MasterCheck is an audio plug-in for professional recording systems such as Avid Pro Tools, Steinberg Cubase or Ableton Live for every aspect of music production, including recording, mixing, mastering, compilation, archive,and restoration. MasterCheck is intendedfor producing podcasts at optimal loudness levels for dialog clarity and the listener environment.
With MasterCheck, audio engineers can apply loudness matching and dynamic content analysis, using techniques such as peak-to-loudness ratio (PLR), to compare their audio output with existing productions. The side-chain loudness matching can also be used to audition signal paths without the “improvement” of increased loudness to understand precisely how various effects such as compression can change the sound with no influence from the loudness enhancement.