The Perfect Toolset for Mixing and Mastering for Audio Streaming Platforms
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The delivery method for music has changed. It is now streaming.
Last year, over 431 billion song streams were logged in the USA alone via services such as Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music. In 2015, revenue from music streaming platforms surpassed that of downloads, CD's and vinyl combined.
Are your mixes and masters optimised to take advantage of this revolution in music consumption?
Streaming mean codecs. People are not listening to your wav or aiff, they are listening to AAC and Ogg Vorbis files. These files donít behave as nicely as the audio in your DAW.
What sounds great in your DAW may not sound the same when encoded for streaming. Almost no-one is listening to your mixdown in its original high bit-depth and high sample rate form and with the overwhelming popularity of streaming services you can't afford to ignore the processes which happen downstream.
Codecs canít handle hot audio, in fact some of them have a lot of trouble, leading to distortion in the stream not present in the original master. To see how a codec is going to perform, you really need to be able to monitor from within your DAW session. The only other alternative is to export, encode and analyse the resulting file.
Nugen Audio's Modern Mastering bundle provides you with a toolset consisting of MasterCheck Pro, ISL 2st and Visualizer, allows you to pre-audition and to correct for the target streaming services. You can hear exactly what your tracks will sound like on Youtube, Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music, and be assured of total peace of mind for yourself and your clients.
Using a real-time encoding plug-in, such as MasterCheck Pro, allows you to regain control. Monitoring several codecs simultaneously from within your DAW lets you make informed choices about how to handle peak audio levels for optimal playback across the streaming platforms.
All streaming services employ codecs to reduce the bandwidth required to deliver music to the listener. Listening to these codecs, it becomes clear that there is a big quality difference between the different codecs and bandwidths available. MasterCheck Pro lets you hear this problems and correct them.
If you are using a limiter, you will have a true-peak limiter at the end of your chain, the ISLst. The harder you push a sample peak limiter, the more likely you are to introduce inter-sample peaks. Remember, you wonít necessarily hear the problem in your session (unless you are monitoring an encoding process through MasterCheck Pro of course!). Your DAW will happily run at a high bit depth, using floating point calculations giving a headroom way in excess of any sensible requirement The problems only appear as you export your mix and encode for streaming!
Visualizer gives you indispensable audio analysis for quality audio production, with a standardised reference set of professional tools that let you work faster, avoid mistakes, repeat past success and leverage the success of others.
Visualizerís unique intelligent window facility lets you select multiple view combinations, automatically resizing and aligning windows to maximise legibility and cross referencing information across screens. No need to switch between plugins to get the combination of views you want. User configurable presets let you switch instantly between setups and interface sizes to build the workflow that suits you.
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- Service Presets:- Spotify - Apple Music - YouTube - Pandora - BBC iPlayer - Tidal - TV Europe - TV USA - TV Japan - AES - DAB+ Radio
Industry Standard Metering: - Program Loudness - Short Term Loudness - PLR (Peak to Loudness Ratio) dynamic range - ITU compliant inter-sample peak - Realtime Preview
- Loudness Adjustments (Level Trim and Peak Limiting): - Audio Codecs - Reference & Comparison - Simultaneous metering of reference track with mix - Reference monitoring (A/B) - Loudness matching - A/B Pre/Post Mix Master FX with matched loudness
- Transparent True Peak Limiting
- Adjust adjustable look ahead
- Two stage, non-linear adaptive algorithm
- Adjustable channel linking
- Compatible with ITU-R BS. 1770
- Includes Apple iTunes afClip True Peak option
- True brick-wall limited output
- Comprehensive audio analysis
- Comprehensive audio analysis
- Multiple level meters (Peak/RMS/K12/K14/K20 etc.)
- FFT Spectrum Analysis
- Stereo Spectrum Analysis
- Stereo Spectrogram
- Vector Scope
- Stereo Bias meter
- Correlation Meter
- Correlation by frequency
- Stats and Parameters module
- Comparison Mode
- Resizeable Interface
- Intelligent window optimization
- Optimized control selection
- Frequency zoom and scroll
- dB Zoom and scroll
- Peak hold control
- Colour selection
- FFT window selection
- RMS window adjustment
- Optimized resource use
- Intelligent window System
Support for AAX, VST, VST3, AU and AudioSuite in both 64-bit and 32-bit versions. RTAS is also available as 32-bit only.
Mac OSX 10.7 or above, 512 MB RAM
Windows XP or above, 512 MB RAM