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Soularity Sound Leans on Nugen

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Austin, TX (July 15, 2019)—Austin-based Soularity Sound owner/creative director Korey Pereira, MSPE and his team have been using a selection of plug-ins from Nugen Audio when working with independent filmmakers

For Pereira, no matter his role on a project, the spoken word is key. “I’m always concerned with the intelligibility and clarity of the dialogue and I like to build around that,” he says. “I do a lot of work as a dialogue editor, so of course it’s important in that process. When I’m mixing or doing sound design, I’m always thinking about how those other elements are interacting with the dialogue. I want to make sure that the spoken word is heard and that it is supported by everything around it. By incorporating Nugen’s tools into that process, it makes my life so much easier.”

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Among the most commonly utilized Nugen plug-ins at Soularity Sound are the Loudness Toolkit (VisLM 2, ISL 2 and LM-Correct 2) and Halo Upmix. “I use the VisLM on absolutely everything we mix in Pro Tools,” says Pereira. “I like how the ISL limiter works, and it’s very easy to use. I also incorporate Halo Upmix any time I am mixing in surround. I like to use the Halo Upmix with music; I find that music just sounds better and it just fills in the surrounds nicely. I also like to put it on my backgrounds when it fits the project.”

Reliability is among the biggest factors that plays into the use of Nugen at Soularity. “I like that Nugen’s products are really easy to use; it just works,” adds Pereira. “Halo Upmix is very utilitarian, and it sounds better than any other upmixing tool. If you are talking about using an upmixing tool versus just panning in backwards, Halo Upmix sounds so much more natural. It fills up the space in a way that’s just much more organic.”

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For streaming and broadcast-compatible projects, says Pereira, “In my opinion, the VisLM is the solution when you are talking about loudness metering. Everyone should be using VisLM, especially with Netflix and its latest standards. VisLM is the officially sponsored product, so, in my mind, if you’re working professionally there’s no reason not to be using VisLM.”

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