Metering VST

Top 18 Metering VST plugins 2020

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We have collected for you the top 18 VST plugins Metering according to PluginBoutique.

VST list navigation:

  1. LEVELS
  2. Loudness Penalty
  3. DRMeter MkII
  4. K-Meter
  5. 2BC multiCORR
  6. DROffline
  7. BUTE Loudness Analyser Stereo
  8. DROffline MkII
  9. LCAST Stereo
  10. Visualizer
  11. BUTE Loudness Analyser Surround
  12. VisLM
  13. DRMeter
  14. Dynameter
  15. Perception
  16. Blue Cat’s StereoScope Multi
  17. PPMulator XL
  18. LCAST Surround

1. LEVELS

by Mastering The Mix

LEVELS

What Is LEVELS?

Ever felt that your music could have sounded better? There are so many technical details to focus on when mixing and mastering that mistakes are common. LEVELS has presets for CD, Club, Streaming, Youtube and more to help you make sure your music sounds great wherever its heard.

Peak

  • True peak meter (16 X oversampling ) to make sure your masters don’t clip.
  • Standard peak meter. Keep it below -6dB for a perfect final mix

LUFS

  • EBU R128 compliant integrated and short term LUFS meters. The most accurate way to analyse perceived loudness.

Stereo Field

  • Vectorscope to visualise stereo width.
  • Correlation meter to monitor phase issues.
  • Left/Right meter to assess the balance of your mix.
  • Low Pass button solos your low frequencies below 300hz so you can see their stereo width.

Dynamic Range

  • Instantly see if your music is overcompressed
  • Oscilloscope glows green if your music is dynamic.
  • ‘DR’ Dynamic Range display based on reliable Short Term LUFS to peak ratio.

Loudness Range

  • EBU R128 compliant loudness range meter to monitor the difference in loudness between the various sections in your track.

Bass Space

  • Identifies if any channels are outputting unwanted low frequencies.
  • Helps you clean up your low end giving your track punch and clarity.
  • Level meters for 40Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz.

Features

  • Design – Retina ready. Slick and responsive user interface.
  • Simplicity – The intuitive visuals in each section let you quickly diagnose and fix any issues.
  • Time saving – LEVELS only draws your attention to issues.
  • Performance – Very low CPU. An advantage when your session has many plugins.
  • Price – Affordable for producers at all stages of their musical careers.
  • Customisation – Adjustable settings to suit your needs.
  • Convenience – 7 indispensable mixing and metering tools in one plugin.
  • Learn – If you get stuck, click the (?) to learn how to fix your issue.

System Requirements

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.

Available in VST, VST3, Audio Units and AAX formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit).


2. Loudness Penalty

by MeterPlugs

Loudness Penalty

Will your music be turned down by online streaming services?

Confidently assess how your music will play back online.

With Loudness Penalty, you can…

  • Optimize your music’s online loudness: Share your music knowing it will hold up online.
  • Preview how your music will sound online: No need to leave your DAW.
  • Pinpoint loudness pain-points: Find exactly which parts of a song trigger the biggest penalty.
  • Discover when it’s possible to turn your music up: without incurring a penalty.
  • Reassure clients: Show them how streaming services affect loudness.
  • Avoid loudness indecision: No more trial and error, no more guessing.

Avoid the Loudness Penalty – Don’t be turned down by online streaming services

Online streaming services turn down loud music to ensure a more consistent listening experience. The Loudness Penalty plugin tells you how much your music will be turned down by YouTube, Spotify, TIDAL, Pandora and Apple’s Sound Check. Now you can have immediate access to this information right in your DAW. Spot the moments that trigger the biggest penalty, and tweak your settings to avoid them, while retaining impactful, punchy playback.

Why Do You Call It a Penalty?

Because it is! We deliberately chose the name “Loudness Penalty” to be a little provocative, but it is accurate. The louder your music is, the more it will be turned down by online streaming services, to avoid “blasting” listeners with unexpected changes in loudness. You may think that your music sounds fine, even when it has been turned down, but with Loudness Penalty you can be sure. Preview your music live, and test whether you want to take advantage of the opportunity for more dynamics.

No More LUFS Estimates

Objective, accurate feedback.

Have you ever been told to upload your music at -14 LUFS, or some other estimated value? Don’t – it doesn’t work! Only one streaming service currently uses LUFS to make its loudness decisions, and while LUFS estimates can tell you the overall reference loudness for a particular service, individual songs can be quieter by as much as 3 dB, in our experience. Loudness Penalty gives you far more accurate feedback, typically within half a dB of the real-world values. No more guessing, no more trial and error. With Loudness Penalty, you can optimize and upload your music knowing it will stand head and shoulders against the competition.

Features

  • Realtime Loudness Penalty scores
  • Supports the five most popular streaming services
  • Discover when you can turn your music up, without a penalty
  • Preview how your music will sound online
  • Faster than realtime processing with Pro Tools’ Audio Suite

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or greater – 64-bit only
  • Windows XP SP3 or greater – 32-bit/64-bit

Formats 

  • Audio Units, VST 2.4 and AAX

3. DRMeter MkII

by MAAT

DRMeter MkII

The only comprehensive loudness metering solution, from the guys who helped pave the way for Loudness normalization.

One Meter For All

DRMeter MkII is the first loudness meter designed for general use and specifically for music production. It’s the only loudness meter that displays channel–specific trends and events by augmenting the mandated mono measurement with classic L/R metering. DRMeter MkII is also the first plug–in to offer official DR dynamic range measurement!

With this product, MAAT premiers the Dynamic Deviation™ function, an intuitive presentation of current dynamic density compared to Target Loudness. DRM2 is also the first loudness meter to display both Relative and Absolute scales simultaneously.

Need More?

Current Loudness meters were designed to strictly conform to the R128 and A/85 Loudness measurements standards. While DRMeter MkII conforms 100% to all international standards, with higher accuracy than many competing products, we wanted more and we think you will too. Conceived by MAAT’s own Friedemann Tischmeyer, a member of the EBU’s ploud group that created R128, DRMeter MkII addresses the needs of modern audio pros, who jump from commercial work and CD prep and mastering to an industrial promo soundtrack or VO for a DOOH client.

Relax. Whatever job walks in the door, you know your measurement needs are met. Rest easy knowing no matter what genre or flavor of content you produce, DRMeter MkII will guide you toward the best possible master for your specific deliver platform or medium. DRMeter MkII, the Loudness Meter for all of us.

Unobtrusive Power

Hiding behind DRMeter MkII’s seemingly simple UI is a powerful premise. Eye candy is great for newbies, but can really get you down on a daily basis. DRMeter MkII packs every metric you may need into one resizable window that’s easy on the eyes. Not only does the UI “get out of the way,” so you can be more productive, we’ve incorporated industry–first features that inform you of possible pitfalls without slapping you in the face.

Subtle Functionality

DRMeter MkII combines all mandated Loudness metrics with several new twists. We’ve added discrete left/right measurements so you can ID channel–specific trouble spots and track trends. We also measure all the time for all metrics, in the background, so you can jump from one measurement method to another and back, checking up on specific concerns without loosing the overall picture. We’ve even added little details that make your day better, like digital black indicators; Play, Pause and automatic controls for integrated measurement; an R128 Gate Disable for downward compatibility; and a True Peak disable option for you broadcast folks that need SPPM as well. Did we mention user presets so you can blip between client or program–specific settings in an instant?

Better By Design

We’ve included a round trip AAC codec, the same one iTunes uses, into our measurement and monitoring options so your MfiT work will be spot on every time, while Dynamic Deviation allows you to navigate within the “gravitation field” between peak and loudness normalization. By setting your personal Target Loudness level and a True Peak Threshold, you get instant feedback on positive or negative differences relative to your defined “Dynamic Margin.”
Dynamic Margin equals Target Loudness minus TP Threshold and, BTW, the use of “deviation” is significant. Positive values indicate more dynamic content than your Dynamic Margin, while negative values indicate less dynamic content.

Features:

DRM2 combines mandated R128 and A/85 loudness measurements with an improved version of our DR dynamic range metering standard. DRM2 includes several industry firsts, all designed to help you be more productive.

Industry Firsts

  • The first loudness meter designed for general use and specifically for music production
  • The only loudness meter displaying channel–specific trends and events with classic L/R metering
  • DRMeter MkII is also the first plug–in to offer official DRi dynamic range, just like our DROffline batch utility
  • Dynamic Deviation, an intuitive presentation of your current dynamic density compared to Target Loudness
  • DRM2 is also the first loudness meter with DualVu™. Displaying both Relative and Absolute scales simultaneously makes loudness metering more intuitive and easier to understand.

Measurement

  • D-MODE: DR – MAAT’s renowned DR dynamic range standard; PSR – Peak–to–Short–term Ratio; LRA – Loudness Range
  • L-MODE: RMS, Momentary Loudness, Short–term Loudness
  • Integrated: DRi, LUi (Program Loudness)

Additional Functions

With all the features and functionality of our original DRMeter, the thoroughly comprehensive DRMeter MkII makes Target Loudness tangible and easy to understand, while the round trip MFiT feature eases seamless leveling for iTunes delivery. In keeping with our emphasis on quality, DRMs increases your awareness of the limitations and requirements for other streaming and OTT music distribution channels. Plus, you get:

  • MFiT mode — measures and monitors signal through round trip iTunes AACplus codec
  • DRMeter MkII is highly configurable: set it up the way you need
  • Measurements always running; easy to switch standards on the fly
  • Adjustable, user defined target loudness
  • Adjustable, user defined maximum True Peak Threshold
  • Dynamic Deviation — difference in LU needed to match user defined target loudness
  • LUFS/LU mode, LU mode with +9 and +18
  • LINK mode; links left and right channel Dynamic Display together to show average of L+R
  • Play and Pause control for integrated measurement
  • 3 automatic modes for integrated measurement; AUTO ON, AUTO RESET OFF, AUTO OFF
  • Gate On/Off for downward compatibility
  • Gate indicator; indicates when the R/128 / A/85 Gate is active for LU integrated measurements
  • Global Reset Button
  • -∞ (㏈FS) input indicators
  • Adjustable color thresholds for peak and loudness bar graphs
  • Factory & user presets
  • optional -30 dB zoom scale
  • 5 different UI sizes for any display size
  • TP disable option (= SPPM)

Essentials

DRMeter MkII let’s you manage your Target Loudness and leveling demands for Spotify, YouTube, iTunes and TIDAL with ease!

  • Meter & monitor through MfiT up to 96k
  • All standard formats: AU, VST & AAX Mac/Win
  • Operates at all standard sample rates, from 44.1 to 384 kHz
  • Compatible with standard OSs; macOS, Windows
  • Low fatigue visual design
  • Compact layout in 5 sizes for every screen resolution

Loudness Metering Evolved

Since the invention of the initial TT Dynamic Range meter, things have improved in the global audio metering marketplace. We now have world standards for True Peak, Loudness and Dynamic metrics, defined in ITU BS 1770 and applied in practice thanks to the European Broadcasting Union’s R128 and the Advanced Television Systems Committee’s A/85 standards. Though designed for broadcast audio, this has had a huge impact on the whole world of production and distribution, not only broadcasting. Amazingly, we have reliable, predictable and globally interoperable algorithms and parameters, bringing “Loudness Normalization” into even the world of global music distribution.

Who Needs DR Metering

We had to ask ourselves, “Does the world really need the DRMeter anymore?” The clear answer is, “Fer sure, dude!” Why? Because LRA or Loudness Range, as specified in BS.1770-4, aims to reflect the dynamics of broadband material being distributed by television broadcasters. The LRA algorithm excludes the top 5% of the dynamic band, which is uninteresting for broadcasters working with generous headroom. However, that same top 5% of the whole dynamic range capacity of a system, is essential for music as its content happens almost exclusively in this upper 5% region. DR is the only algorithm for measuring the dynamic integrity of music releases.

Metering For Normalization Targets

Spotify, YouTube and many other streaming music platforms are working with Program Loudness, along with TV broadcasters worldwide plus an increasing number of OTT (“Over–The–Top” streaming providers like Netflix and HBO Go) and even traditional radio broadcasters. iTunes Music and iTunes Match uses a proprietary algorithm which is pretty close to Integrated Loudness mentioned above. We really don’t need another player in the field of loudness normalization, but we do need a universal yardstick for dynamic density; the DR Dynamic Range algorithm.

DR is a tool not only for pro audio peeps but your audience as well, especially audiophiles, since DR is used by music enthusiasts to judge and compare the provenance of music releases. Our DR database records the values of tens of thousands of songs and albums, so the public can compare different releases and remastered versions.

What About PLR

Lately, there are plenty of meters showing PLR or Peak–to–Loudness Ratio, the difference between Peak and Loudness values. Wouldn’t this be a good alternative? Nope, because PLR has been defined by broadcasters to reflects the True Peak–to–integrated Loudness Ratio. This makes sense for broadcasters dealing with a minimum True Peak headroom of 1 dB (R128) or 2 dB (A/85). That said, using PLR for music makes no sense because many masters show True Peak overs of up to +3 dB, and information above 0 dBFS encodes latent distortion but not dynamics or loudness. A better alternative would be PSR or Sample Peak (SPPM)–to–Short–term Loudness Ratio. PSR has been defined in the AES Convention e-Brief 373. In order to deliver a complete metering solution, we have integrated the PSR algorithm into DRMeter MkII so that you can compare PSR with DR. The major shortcoming of PSR is the inability to consider macro dynamics due to the absence of gating and the like, which leads to a higher misrepresentation of dynamic density. So, songs with high macrodynamic would be far louder. Also, interpretation of values is impossible unless you know the inherent macrodynamics. As an example: Say you have a song with an acoustic guitar intro and a very dynamic interlude but a chorus crushed into “toothpaste,” the PSR would give us a moderately high value due to the dynamic intro and interlude. This is solved with DRM2, as you can actually measure the lack of dynamic range while you hear it.

The Measurements

The DR bar graph of DRMeter MkII is the same as the original TT DR Meter plug–in and MAAT’s DRMeter. If you want to get a quick sense of the final integrated DR (DRi), you have now two options: Go to the loudest sustained part of a song, often the chorus, and read the numeric value above the bar graph. It will be quite close to an integrated DR measurement, which you’d get from our DROffline batch utility. The new option is to use DRM2’s exclusive DRi function. Run the chorus of your song to get a quick estimate of the official DRi. When you’re done with a track, run the whole song and stop playback. The official integer DRi value will be displayed at the bottom of the DR bar graph. This inclusion of DROffline’s functionality will make your work day go faster!

The emerging PSR measurement method displays the current Peak–to–Short–term Loudness Ratio for those who want to have a comparison or reference. For the sake of harmonization with existing standards, it makes sense to use Short–term for loudness measurement, and SPPM (Sample Peak Program Metering) for the PSR peak measurement.
Be careful: With no standard, PLR measurements are not harmonized. So, different manufacturer’s meters may show varying results, with each showing its own values for the same audio source. Many use RMS instead of Short–term LU. The difference between PLR and DR is simple: PLR is the difference between peak and average, and is not standardized, while DR is always, repeatably DR. Also, DR ignores low amplitude information, so called “background loudness,” for the sake of a more predictable measurement result. Plus, the DR algorithm also incorporates additional processing for meaningful measurement of the dynamic integrity and dynamic density of popular music.

LRA or Loudness Range was designed to reflect the deviation of loudness events primarily for broadcast applications. Unfortunately, LRA isn’t ideal for evaluating loudness of pop and other styles of music since most of recorded music happens in a range of amplitude which is ignored by the mandated LRA algorithm. So, for universality, we have included LRA for broadcast engineers and those of you who want to be more familiar with metering standards and their applications. The LRA meter allows you to compare results with both DR and PSR.

System Requirements

  • Mac: OSX 10.8 and newer, 32 & 64 bit
  • Win: Windows 7 and newer, 32 & 64 bit
  • Pro Tools 10.3.10 and newer
  • 4GB DRAM minimum

Supported Platforms:

  • AAX, AU, VST2/3 Mac, VST2/3 Win

4. K-Meter

by MeterPlugs

K-Meter

“I purchased your K-Meter beta, and I love it. I’ve tried every metering plug available, and I love yours the best. Great graphics, readability, ballistics, etc. All so well done. Thanks! – Tom Third (tomthird.com)

“This is the meter to use if you are serious about the K-System. It is accurate, easy to read, and contains tools for calibration. In addition, the interface is neat and collapses well if necessary. – Dr. Heinrich Hohl

“Just shouting out a big THANK YOU!!! for the K-Meter plugin – I have been looking for a dedicated meter to use with Logic without having to instigate 3 or more different plugins to monitor using the K-System. I have adopted the K-System into my mixes or some time now and it vastly improves dynamics and clarity in digital land! I only hope the rest of the industry gets onboard! People would not be arguing ITB vs OTB Mixing if they all used your plugin! – Timothy Kling (namatoke.com)

Is Louder Music Better?

The loudness war says yes. What do you say?

Over the past twenty years, music has been getting louder and louder. New recording equipment and software have made it possible to produce extremely compressed audio. But is this really what listeners want? K-Meter offers an alternative by encouraging greater use of dynamic range. If you want your tunes to sound more open, nuanced and natural, this fully-compliant K-System meter is for you.

K-System Metering

What is it?

It’s a way of metering pioneered by Bob Katz, mastering engineer and grammy award winner. With the K-System, maximizing peak levels is no longer the goal; instead, your focus shifts to loudness metering and dynamic range.

The K-System has three scales: K-12, K-14 and K-20. You choose which scale to use based on genre and delivery format. K-12 is for broadcast and radio. K-14 is for mainstream pop, rock and country. K-20 is for film, classical and high-fidelity recordings. From K-12 to K-20, the scales provide an increasing amount of dynamic range.

Calibration Tools

Use pink noise to calibrate your monitors.

K-Meter helps you calibrate your studio monitors by outputting pink noise through each channel. You can use a 3rd party sound pressure meter to ensure proper levels (see the manual for details). Calibrating your monitors makes mixing/mastering by ear even more effective.

Modern Loudness Metering

Perceived loudness with ITU BS.1770.

K-Meter supports loudness metering using ITU BS.1770 (stereo only). This is quickly becoming the international standard for measuring perceived loudness, which takes into account the ear’s sensitivity to different frequencies. Our users love that this powerful feature allows them to take basic loudness measurements at a fraction of the cost of more expensive loudness meters.

True-Peak Metering

What are inter-sample peaks?

In the K-System, peak metering is no longer the focus; however, it is still important to avoid clipping. K-Meter supports true-peak metering, which upsamples your audio up to four times before detecting peaks. This highly accurate detection discovers clipping that other peak meters miss.

Features

  • Full K-System support
  • ITU BS.1770 stereo loudness metering
  • True-peak metering
  • AES-17 RMS metering
  • Pink noise generation
  • Numeric average and peak displays
  • Clip indicators
  • Peak hold/release
  • Collapsible interface

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X v10.7 or greater
  • Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
  • AAX, Audio Unit, or VST 2.4 compatible DAW

Compatibility

  • K-Meter comes in three versions on the Mac: an AAX plug-in for Pro Tools (10.3.7+), an Audio Unit and a VST 2.4 plug-in. All plug-ins are 32/64-bit universal binaries.

5. 2BC multiCORR

by MAAT

2BC multiCORR

Stay on top of Correlation

A multiband correlation meter with essential metering and monitoring functions.

Can You Relate?

Why the heck do you need a multiband correlation meter? It’s simply that a regular stereo correlation meter doesn´t always show you trouble spots. If your fat kick and bass is mono, it’s mostly correlated so a stereo correlation meter would show that everything is O.K. while your strings, hi-hat, or vocals are cancelling out! 2BC multiCORR combines the useful and beloved functions of our free 2BusControl monitor controller plugin with a carefully designed, third octave multiband correlation meter. Our multiband approach warns you not to overdo stereo spread with your fancy spreading tool, or when your stereo mics are delivering a signal with too much out–of–phase content. Either way, you’d get cancellation when your mix is summed to mono.

Correlation measures the degree of relatedness between left and right channel. If they’re alike, that’s mono, and they will have perfect correlation. Stereo noise is decorrelated, with no similarity between channels. Stereo music should be more like the former, with a bit of “stereoness” to create a soundstage, whereas convincing, diffuse reverb should have lower inter-channel correlation. When content is present in one channel, and an inverted phase version is in the other channel, that sums to zero in mono and the audio disappears.

Unobtrusive Power

2BC multiCORR’s powerful features hide behind its clean and simple UI. We’ve brought essential functionality and innovative user interface design to what used to be an unremarkable product category. With five monitoring modes, an ergonomic and deceptively simple interface, highly tuned correlation metering over 31 bands plus stereo balance and correlation, you’ve got to try 2BC multiCORR for yourself.

Better By Design

Most correlation meters use a cosine scale, derived from old analog meters, while 2BC multiCORR employs a trueLinear™ scale. This linear scale better matches your perception. As with all of MAAT’s products, 2BCmC follows our guidelines for creating meaningful tools for modern engineers.

2BC multiCORR combines essential metering and monitor controls with a 31 band correlation meter group.

Details

  • 31 bands of correlation with carefully chosen centre frequencies
  • Exclusive trueLinear™ scale for higher precision with visuals that match your perception
  • Stereo Balance and Correlation
  • Five essential monitor controls: Left–Only, Right–Only, Mono (L+R), Diff (L-R) and Flip
  • Collapsable UI lets you see only what you need

Extras

  • Includes a native version that runs in standalone mode, great for dedicated metering
  • Plug–in runs on all major DAWs: AAX, AU, VST 2 & VST 3

Applications

2BC multiCORR is a general purpose tool for both production and post. Use its powerful metering and monitor controls for:

  • Tracking and Mixing
  • Mastering and Remastering
  • Sound & EFX Libraries
  • Radio & Television Production & Broadcast
  • Identifying Problem Elements; EFX, panning, widening or frequency ranges that may compromise playback or downstream processes
  • Verifying: balance, panning, super stereo processing and other creative decisions

Essentials

2BC multiCORR slots into all modern workflows:

  • Supports LPCM sample rates up to 384k for DSD and high–end postproduction
  • All standard formats: AU, VST 2 and 3, AAX
  • Compatible with macOS and Windows
  • Low fatigue visual design
  • Resizable user interface for every screen resolution

The Low Down

If your material is destined for LP distribution, keep in mind that lacquer cutting has difficulty with large amplitude, out–of–phase information at very low frequencies. 2BC multiCORR provides four bands of analysis for the critical bottom octave, six additional bands of metering covering frequencies up to 200 Hz, plus three additional bands for the 200 to 400 Hz range.
Other than vinyl, why should you care about mono? Monaural playback is more prevalent than ever, with the rise of battery–powered, hand-held party speakers and the seemingly ubiquitous “smart speaker.” Don’t forget that Center Channel speaker in a surround setup…Though a product may advertise stereo playback, the simple fact is that size matters. At low frequencies, playback from any single point, diminutive device is essentially monaural. Also, small sources usually cannot reproduce the bottom octave at all and many begin to roll off below 100 Hz. So make sure to maximize the appropriate amount of LF energy for the material you’re working on.

Not Just Correlation

2BC multiCORR isn’t just multiband correlation. It also includes a left/right balance meter, a broadband left/right correlation meter, plus five monitor controls allowing you to focus on any issues you may come across.

With a single button, you can switch to Left–Only or Right–Only, Mono (L+R) or Difference (L-R). The fifth monitor control, FLIP, swaps the left and right channels. Sometimes you may come across a subtle issue that you think may be in one channel or the other. The Flip control, along with the Left–Only/Right–Only buttons, quickly helps to confirm or identify any problems. Also, you may occasionally be presented with a mix that’s not laid out from the audience perspective, and Flip is a quick way to rotate the soundstage around to where you’re comfortable.

Don’t Hit The Chair Without It!

2BC multiCORR packs the advanced features you need into one resizable window that’s easy on the eyes. Not only does the UI “get out of the way” so you can be more productive, but we’ve also incorporated user-centric features that speed your workflow. Easy and intuitive to use, be sure to hang it off the last slot in your Master Bus so you always know exactly what’s going on with your mix!

Key Features

  • 31 bands of correlation with carefully chosen center frequencies
  • Exclusive trueLinear™ scale for higher precision with visuals that match your perception
  • Stereo Balance and Correlation
  • Five essential monitor controls: Left–Only, Right–Only, Mono (L+R), Diff (L-R) and Flip
  • Collapsable UI lets you see only what you need

System Requirements

  • macOS 10.8 and newer
  • Windows 7 and newer, 32 & 64 bit

Supporting:

  • AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.10 and newer), AU, VST 2, VST 3
  • Sample rates from 44.1 to 384 kHz

6. DROffline

by MAAT

DROffline

MAAT’s DROffline is the batch measurement companion application to our official DRMeter real-time DR estimator plug-in.

Truly the Only Way to Measure DR

MAAT’s DROffline batch measurement app is the only software that generates official DR readings. Offering essential options for musically justified, file-based metering, DROffline includes DR dynamic range, SPPM Peak and RMS amplitude. One file can be evaluated, or an entire directory can be measured in batch mode.

What is DR?

The DR algorithm, akin to PLR (Peak–to–Loudness Ratio) or “crest factor,” specifically measures the dynamic density or lack of dynamics caused by overly aggressive dynamic compression and limiting. Although the companion DRMeter provides an estimate of the “official” DR Value, only the DROffline utility can generate official values, which are cumulative over the entire length of a song. Only DROffline can scrub through an entire song or track, resulting in an official DR number. 
The complete DR metering system, composed of the real-time DRMeter plus the DROffline batch processor, was created by Friedemann Tischmeyer to address the need to generate a repeatable, easy to understand numeric value. Seeing a meaningful and easy to understand indication of dynamic range inspires users to back away from hyper-compression.

Not Only the Doctor has a Companion

The MAAT DROffline release is MAAT’s second step in bringing forward the legacy of the PMF’s legendary TT Dynamic Range metering system, which was certainly the most popular metering plugin of the last decade. DROffline has to be modernized to work with current version of Windows and macOS operating systems. 
The companion DRMeter is a plug-in that generates approximate DR values when applied to the loudest passages in a track. Due to its real-time operation, it cannot measure official DR values, but it can estimate DR while you work.

Features & Specifications:

  • Official DR
  • SPPM
  • RMS
  • File/Batch Process

Supported Formats:

  • 24-bit WAV, AIFF & FLAC file types.
  • Sample rates from 44.1 to 384 kHz.

System Requirements

Mac:

  • macOS 10.8 and newer, 32 & 64 bit.

PC:

  • Windows 7 and newer, 32 & 64 bit.

7. BUTE Loudness Analyser Stereo

by Signum Audio

BUTE Loudness Analyser Stereo

The Perfect Tool for Keeping Your Levels in Check

Note: This product is the Stereo version. The Surround Sound version of Bute Loudness Analyser is also available.

As loudness standards are being adopted on more and more broadcasting and streaming platforms, loudness meters have become an invaluable tool for serious audio producers – whether you are producing for broadcast, music, gaming, podcasts or film. Meeting loudness standards ensures your audio is optimised for streaming and broadcasting, thus retaining the dynamics of your audio. Our BUTE Loudness Analyser is the backbone of our range of loudness solutions and truly is the very latest in loudness management software.

Bute-Ifully Crafted

The BUTE Loudness Analyser is our baby and has been beautifully crafted to deliver unparalleled levels of insight into your audio files with accurate and customisable reading. Then there are advanced features like automatic re-metering, customisable warnings, a slick interactively navigation overview, and reloadable session data for the loudness-conscious mixing or master engineer.

Smarter Mixing & Mastering

With our high precision metering algorithms you can rest assured that your audio will meet your clients delivery specifications and sound as it should. With a range of useful workflow features (which you can learn more about in the features tab), meter readings, and the latest broadcasting and streaming standards included as presets, our loudness meter makes your mixing and mastering journey much simpler. 

Applications

Mixing & Mastering:

  • Produce consistent masters
  • Avoid ‘level shifting’ and clipping downstream
  • Ensure accurate representation of your audio/music
  • Measure and refine dynamic content

Post-Production & Broadcasting:

  • Hit target levels easily with a wide range of implemented presets
  • Ensure and prove compliance with regulation
  • Balance dialogue, music and effects
  • Manage live broadcasting & streaming levels accurately and efficiently
  • Optimise dynamics for streaming content

Gaming Audio:

  • Balance sound effects and dialogue

Features

  • Clean and comprehensive user-interface with loads of neat features
  • Integrated True Peak Brickwall Limiter to catch any overshoots
  • Highly informative graph display
  • Easily toggle between readings for short-term & momentary loudness, true peak, and traditional RMS
  • DAW Sync and automatic re-metering reflecting any adjustments you make for a smarter workflow
  • Wide array of built-in presets for the very latest loudness standards and recommendations
  • History overview and alerts letting you easily see and navigate to areas that require your attention
  • Custom alert system so you can specify your own parameters
  • Flexible and scalable so you can have a graph or numerical view
  • Can handle 10+ hours of data
  • Reloadable session data
  • Save, Load and Export metering data
  • Available for Windows and Mac
  • Compatible with VST / VST3 / AU / AAX (including Audio Suite)
  • Pro Tools 12.5 or higher
  • Included in the BUTE Loudness Suite

DAW Sync and Automatic Re-Metering

Whether you use Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic, Cubase, Premiere Pro (or most other DAWs for that matter), Bute will synchronise with it locking to the transport. When you make any alterations to your audio in your DAW, Bute automatically re-analyses and updates the overall metering and history graph.

Built-In Presets

Bute is fully compliant with all revisions of ITU-R BS. 1770, EBU R128, ATSC A/85, OP-59, ARIB TR-B32, Spotify, YouTube, Apple Check, Hulu, Netflix, TIDAL, Sony Gaming (ASWG), AES Streaming Recommendation, US Public Radio (PRSS), TIDAL and Pandora. You can also save multiple user-defined presets.

History Overview & Alerts

The detailed history overview gives you complete oversight and insight of your session. Areas of your audio that need your attention will be shown in red in the history overview. You can easily navigate to the areas that require your attention and zoom in and out your metering data. Handling a long session? No problem!

Custom Alert System for Dynamic Work

If you are working within a dynamic range, you can specify your desired range parameters in the “custom warning system” section of the settings menu. Sections of your audio that go out with the specified range will appear in yellow on the history overview. This will let you focus on your craft instead of meter readouts.

Easily Toggle Between Readings

You can toggle between short-term and momentary loudness, true-peak, and traditional RMS readings at the click of a button. This means you can declutter the interface to focus on the information you want. The same goes for switching between absolute and relative scale.

Flexible and Scalable

Bute is completely scalable giving you the flexibility to freely adjust size and scale to your preferences. There is also a compact view to save valuable screen space if needed.

Save, Reload and Export Metering Data

If you need to save multiple sessions for different platforms, you can. Bute will also reload metering data from previous sessions so you can head home and continue the next day where you left off.  If you need to prove your programme or audio file is loudness compliancy, you can export CSV logs too.

System Requirements

  • Operating System: Mac OSx 10.9 Lion or higher / Windows 7 or higher
  • Formats: VST/ VST3/ AU/ AAX (including AudioSuite)
  • Architecture: Pro Tools 64-bit only, all others 32-bit/64-bit compatible

8. DROffline MkII

by  MAAT

DROffline MkII

DROffline MkII File Analyzer

MAAT’s DROffline MkII is the batch measurement companion application to our official DRMeter MkII real time DR + R128 measurement plug-in.

The Only (Practical) Way to Measure DRi

MAAT’s DROffline MkII batch measurement app is the only software that automatically measures all mandated R128 parameters, along with official DRi and a host of key metrics that your DAW may not display. All this in the background and out of your way. Offering essential options for musically justified, file–based metering, DROffline MkII offers 24 different measurements, including integrated DRi Dynamic Range and PSR, the emerging Sample Peak–to–Short Term Loudness Ratio. One file can be evaluated, or an entire directory can be measured in batch mode, all in the background while you continue to work.

DROffline MkII generates tab–delimited text logs, with optional engineer and studio metadata, so you can hand your clients good looking reports that they can use for replication, distribution and as documentation for post, provenance, or chain of evidence.

Attention Pro Tool & Logic users! DROffline MkII offers easy access to all audio statistics and metadata, with an easy drag & drop interface.

What is DR?

The DR algorithm, related to PLR (Peak–to–Loudness Ratio) or “crest factor,” specifically measures the dynamic density or lack of dynamics caused by overly aggressive dynamic compression and limiting. Although the companion DRMeter MkII provides a manual measurement of the “official” integrated DR or DRi, only DROffline and DROffline MkII can generate official values automatically and in the background.

The complete DR metering system, composed of the realtime DRMeter MkII plus the DROffline MkII batch processor, was created by Friedemann Tischmeyer to address the need to generate a repeatable, easy to understand numeric value. Seeing a meaningful and easy to understand indication of dynamic range inspires users to back away from hyper-compression.

Is there a good reason to use DR?

Unlike R128 and BS. 1770 meters, DR measures dynamic range from the perspective of a music engineer’s needs. In contrast, R128 and 1770 are designed to control loudness for commercials, not measure dynamic range for music, especially pop music.

DR isn’t designed for broadcast loudness control, it’s purpose is to gauge the amount of dynamic range reduction, or the absence of dynamic range contrast. Designed by a member of the EBU ploud committee, the same body that created R128, DR informs an engineer about how much the mix has been “stepped on,” dynamic range-wise, not about “will it pass through a broadcast chain without loudness reduction?”

Not Only The Doctor Has a Companion

The MAAT DROffline MkII release is MAAT’s third step in bringing forward the legacy of the PMF’s legendary TT Dynamic Range metering system, which was certainly the most popular metering plug—in of the last decade. DROffline MkII has been modernized to work with current international Loudness metrics, plus emerging measurement methods that provide more meaningful numbers than legacy methods.

The companion DRMeter MkII is a plug-in that manually generates DRi values when applied to the loudest passages in a track. Due to its plug–in nature, it can only measure official DR values in real time and with a good bit of forethought.

Features:

DRO2 measures DR, R128 and A/85. Plus, it has HRA (high resolution audio) support and a whole lot more! Did we mention it’ll romp though your directory far faster and more securely than cloud–based utilities?

Loudness Measurements: Mandated R128 & A/85

  • Maximum True Peak (joint measurement as per ITU)
  • Maximum Momentary (joint measurement as per ITU)
  • Maximum Short–Term (joint measurement as per ITU)
  • Integrated Loudness (joint measurement as per ITU)
  • Loudness Range (joint measurement as per ITU)

File Metadata: Additional Informative Metrics

  • File Name
  • Absolute Path
  • File Format
  • Sample Rate
  • Word Length
  • Bits Used (filled)

Loudness Measurements: Supplemental

  • DRi (joint measurement as per PMF)
  • DRi LEFT
  • DRi RIGHT
  • Maximum True Peak LEFT
  • Maximum True Peak RIGHT
  • Maximum Momentary LEFT
  • Maximum Momentary RIGHT
  • Maximum Short–Term LEFT
  • Maximum Short–Term RIGHT
  • Maximum Sample Peak (SPPM) LEFT
  • Maximum Sample Peak (SPPM) RIGHT
  • Maximum Sample Peak (SPPM joint measurement)
  • Minimum PSR (Sample Peak–to–Short–Term Loudness 
  • joint measurement as per AES)
  • RMS LEFT
  • RMS RIGHT

Miscellaneous: Comprehensive, Modern & Fast

  • Cross–platform
  • Fast local background processing
  • More accurate than many other “measurement” products
  • More secure than cloud services
  • 44.1 to 384 kHz sample rate
  • LPCM (WAV, BWF, AIFF) or Lossless (FLAC, ALAC)

Supported Formats:

  • 24-bit WAV, AIFF & FLAC file types.
  • Sample rates from 44.1 to 384 kHz.

System Requirements

Mac:

  • macOS 10.8 and newer, 32 & 64 bit.

PC:

  • Windows 7 and newer, 32 & 64 bit.

9. LCAST Stereo

by MeterPlugs

LCAST Stereo

“Great metering is essential for great mastering, and the LCAST meter gives you the best ‘bang for your buck’ of any ITU meter I’ve tried – I love the ‘zoom’ feature! – Ian Shepherd (productionadvice.co.uk)

“At Miromastering we had wanted a peak meter that could measure and quantify digital intersample overs for some time. With the introduction of the new, proposed broadcast standards for loudness the need for a true peak loudness meter became even more important to us. We found the MeterPlugs LCAST met our needs for a true peak meter in a clear and uncluttered display that can be easily and quickly set to meet the various international broadcast standards. – Tony O’Shea (miromastering.com)

“Nothing to adjust, numerical displays as well as color coded graphics, all in a beautiful interface. I love this meter. – Angelo Panetta (panetastudios.com)

Loopcloud Music App from Loopmasters.com

Comprehensive Loudness Metering

Everything you need to make your audio broadcast-ready. 

LCAST makes it easy to take loudness and true-peak measurements. It supports all the major loudness standards and has easy-to-use presets for the most popular ones: ATSC A/85 (CALM Act), ITU BS.1770 and EBU R128. Mono, stereo and surround formats are all compatible (surround only available in LCAST Surround). Use LCAST with Logic, Final Cut Pro X, Soundtrack Pro, Cubase, Nuendo, Reaper and more. LCAST has everything you need to create broadcast-ready audio.

Mastered for iTunes

Optimize levels for online music services.

Online music services like iTunes and Spotify are embracing loudness normalization to achieve consistent listening levels. Without it, listeners become frustrated by large volume changes from track to track. This is especially critical when songs from a variety of artists and genres are mixed and matched in a playlist – it is unlikely that they were all mastered at the same level. LCAST allows you to target the iTunes Radio and Spotify normalization levels, so that you can be certain that your music will sound its best on these services.

Faster than Realtime Processing

Zero-in on your levels quickly.

If your DAW supports offline processing (e.g., Pro Tools’ AudioSuite, offline bouncing, etc.), LCAST can be used to quickly calculate integrated (programme) loudness, loudness range and other measurements. This is ideal for long content including film, albums and TV shows.

Loudness History

Zoom-in to get a closer look.

LCAST’s primary display, the history plot, shows you a timeline of your programme’s loudness and allows you to quickly spot loudness peaks and valleys. It acts like a personal video recorder (PVR) for your audio, recording up to 24 hours of loudness history. The visual display makes it trivial to identify portions of your programme that need tweaking. This solves the problem of identifying loud commercials, quiet dialogue and much more. The history plot displays all standard loudness measurements: momentary, short-term and integrated loudness. In addition to that, LCAST features a custom variance measurement that gives you an idea of how dynamic your audio is. Each measurement can be toggled on and off so that you can focus on what is most important to you.

True-Peak Metering

What are inter-sample peaks?

LCAST’s true-peak meters accurately detect inter-sample peaks and warn you of potential clipping. It does this by quadrupling the signal frequency (internally) and interpolating between audio samples. This process catches overloads that other meters miss.

Features

  • ATSC A/85 (Calm Act)
  • EBU R128
  • ITU BS.1770
  • Loudness history
  • Integrated, short-term and momentary loudness
  • Loudness range
  • Loudness variance
  • True-peak meters
  • Overload indicators
  • Loudness gating
  • Custom color regions
  • Mono, stereo

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X v10.7 or greater
  • Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
  • 1 GB of RAM or greater
  • 100 MB or more of free disk space
  • Audio Unit and/or VST 2.4 compatible DAW

Compatibility

Mac: LCAST comes in three versions on the Mac: an AAX plug-in for Pro Tools (10.3.7+), an Audio Unit and a VST 2.4 plug-in. All plug-ins are 32/64-bit universal binaries. Windows: LCAST is available as a 32/64-bit AAX plug-in for Pro Tools (10.3.7+) and a VST 2.4 plug-in on Windows.


10. Visualizer

by NUGEN Audio

Visualizer

Measure, Understand, Correct. 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.

Powerful, flexible Audio Analysis, giving you immediate access to precisely the information you need, when you need it, through a unique, intelligent window system.

Single Intelligent Window System

Visualizer’s 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.

Applications

Recording

  • Calibration – Lining up
  • Setting levels – Broadcast standards
  • Mic’ing Up – Phase cancellation
  • Stereo field – Problem frequencies
  • Studio acoustics – Minimising noise
  • Checking signal paths – Problem solving

Mixing

  • Low end control – Hidden frequencies
  • Notching out – Placing vocals
  • Fundamental frequencies – Characteristic frequencies
  • Masking – EQing problem frequencies
  • Stereo placement – Transferable mix standards

Mastering

  • A|B reference material – Sonic fingerprinting
  • Stereo spread – EQ distribution
  • Phase relationships – Low frequency analysis
  • Examining dynamics – Contextural analysis
  • Frequency response – Speaker relationships
  • Power distribution – Broadcast standards
  • Headroom/Level capacity – Phase handling

Comprehensive Audio Analysis

  • Multiple level meters (Peak/RMS/K12/K14/K20 etc.)
  • FFT Spectrum Analysis
  • Stereo Spectrum Analysis
  • Spectrogram
  • Stereo Spectrogram
  • Vector Scope
  • Stereoscope
  • Stereo Bias meter
  • Correlation Meter
  • Correlation by frequency
  • Stats and Parameters module

Comparison Mode

Comparison mode allows the direct comparison of two sources within a single Visualizer interface, utilising overlay, side-by-side and differential views. Ideal for examining the difference before and after a mastering signal chain or for comparing spectra in preparation for EQ matching or notching out.

Detailed User Configuration

  • 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

This unique facility allows the selection of multiple view combinations, resizing and aligning windows to maximize legibility and cross referencing information across screens. There is no need to switch plugin for a different combination, and presets (user configurable) allow instant switching between setups and interface size enabling unparalleled work flow enhancements and intuitive operation.

System Requirements

Available Formats

  • AAX, VST, VST3, AU and AudioSuite in both 64-bit and 32-bit versions. RTAS is also available as 32-bit only.
  • The Visualizer HDX extension enables support for Avid AAX DSP Hybrid operation.
  • Visualizer is also available as a stand alone application for Windows and OSX.

Mac

  • OSX 10.6.x, 512 MB RAM

Windows

  • XP or above, 512 MB RAM

11. BUTE Loudness Analyser Surround

by Signum Audio

BUTE Loudness Analyser Surround

The Perfect Tool for Keeping Your Levels in Check

Note: This product is the Surround Sound version. The Stereo version of Bute Loudness Analyser is also available.

As loudness standards are being adopted on more and more broadcasting and streaming platforms, loudness meters have become an invaluable tool for serious audio producers – whether you are producing for broadcast, music, gaming, podcasts or film. Meeting loudness standards ensures your audio is optimised for streaming and broadcasting, thus retaining the dynamics of your audio. Our BUTE Loudness Analyser is the backbone of our range of loudness solutions and truly is the very latest in loudness management software.

Bute-Ifully Crafted

The BUTE Loudness Analyser is our baby and has been beautifully crafted to deliver unparalleled levels of insight into your audio files with accurate and customisable reading. Then there are advanced features like automatic re-metering, customisable warnings, a slick interactively navigation overview, and reloadable session data for the loudness-conscious mixing or master engineer.

Smarter Mixing & Mastering

With our high precision metering algorithms you can rest assured that your audio will meet your clients delivery specifications and sound as it should. With a range of useful workflow features (which you can learn more about in the features tab), meter readings, and the latest broadcasting and streaming standards included as presets, our loudness meter makes your mixing and mastering journey much simpler. 

Applications

Mixing & Mastering:

  • Produce consistent masters
  • Avoid ‘level shifting’ and clipping downstream
  • Ensure accurate representation of your audio/music
  • Measure and refine dynamic content

Post-Production & Broadcasting:

  • Hit target levels easily with a wide range of implemented presets
  • Ensure and prove compliance with regulation
  • Balance dialogue, music and effects
  • Manage live broadcasting & streaming levels accurately and efficiently
  • Optimise dynamics for streaming content

Gaming Audio:

  • Balance sound effects and dialogue
  • ASWG 5.1 and 7.1 Surround Sound support (Surround version)

Features

  • Clean and comprehensive user-interface with loads of neat features
  • Integrated True Peak Brickwall Limiter to catch any overshoots
  • Highly informative graph display
  • Easily toggle between readings for short-term & momentary loudness, true peak, and traditional RMS
  • DAW Sync and automatic re-metering reflecting any adjustments you make for a smarter workflow
  • Wide array of built-in presets for the very latest loudness standards and recommendations
  • History overview and alerts letting you easily see and navigate to areas that require your attention
  • Custom alert system so you can specify your own parameters
  • Flexible and scalable so you can have a graph or numerical view
  • Can handle 10+ hours of data
  • Reloadable session data
  • Save, Load and Export metering data
  • Available for Windows and Mac
  • Compatible with VST / VST3 / AU / AAX (including Audio Suite)
  • Pro Tools 12.5 or higher
  • Included in the BUTE Loudness Suite

DAW Sync and Automatic Re-Metering

Whether you use Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic, Cubase, Premiere Pro (or most other DAWs for that matter), Bute will synchronise with it locking to the transport. When you make any alterations to your audio in your DAW, Bute automatically re-analyses and updates the overall metering and history graph.

Built-In Presets

Bute is fully compliant with all revisions of ITU-R BS. 1770, EBU R128, ATSC A/85, OP-59, ARIB TR-B32, Spotify, YouTube, Apple Check, Hulu, Netflix, TIDAL, Sony Gaming (ASWG), AES Streaming Recommendation, US Public Radio (PRSS), TIDAL and Pandora. You can also save multiple user-defined presets.

History Overview & Alerts

The detailed history overview gives you complete oversight and insight of your session. Areas of your audio that need your attention will be shown in red in the history overview. You can easily navigate to the areas that require your attention and zoom in and out your metering data. Handling a long session? No problem!

Custom Alert System for Dynamic Work

If you are working within a dynamic range, you can specify your desired range parameters in the “custom warning system” section of the settings menu. Sections of your audio that go out with the specified range will appear in yellow on the history overview. This will let you focus on your craft instead of meter readouts.

Easily Toggle Between Readings

You can toggle between short-term and momentary loudness, true-peak, and traditional RMS readings at the click of a button. This means you can declutter the interface to focus on the information you want. The same goes for switching between absolute and relative scale.

Flexible and Scalable

Bute is completely scalable giving you the flexibility to freely adjust size and scale to your preferences. There is also a compact view to save valuable screen space if needed.

Save, Reload and Export Metering Data

If you need to save multiple sessions for different platforms, you can. Bute will also reload metering data from previous sessions so you can head home and continue the next day where you left off.  If you need to prove your programme or audio file is loudness compliancy, you can export CSV logs too.

System Requirements

  • Operating System: Mac OSx 10.9 Lion or higher / Windows 7 or higher
  • Formats: VST/ VST3/ AU/AAX (including AudioSuite)
  • Surround Sound version (includes up to 7.1.2 support).
  • Architecture: Pro Tools 64-bit only, all others 32-bit/64-bit compatible

12. VisLM

by NUGEN Audio

VisLM

Time to take loudness seriously

Confidence and peace of mind

Using an industry-standard gives you confidence and peace of mind. VisLM delivers everything you need – intuitively, accurately and immediately. With a unique design focused on primary loudness parameters, VisLM combines an instant overview with detailed historical information, enabling you to hit your target first time, every time. Additional loudness logging and time-code functions allow for proof of compliance reporting and postmortem analysis with frame-accurate referencing.

With a full set of international and regional presets, VisLM is ready to go immediately. For legacy, station-specific and internal specifications, VisLM can be fully configured to handle any situation from detailed expert reporting to simple safety zones and alerts for less experienced operators.

Reliable quality

Loudness compliance perfectly integrated into your workflow, using a clear resizable interface and groundbreaking ReMEM automated loudness memory technology.

Features

  • True Peak level meters
  • Timecode locked ReMEM
  • Automated loudness overdub
  • Leq(m) (TASA) measurement
  • Momentary, Short-term & Integrated loudness
  • ITU-R BS. 1770 | EBU R128 | CALM compliant
  • Suitable for Netflix best practice
  • Highly configurable

Loudness memory

VisLM remembers loudness data; up to 12 hours, locked to a timecode received directly from your NLE/DAW. Any minor edit or overdub immediately triggers overall loudness updates, eliminating the need for end to end re-measurement. Loudness data is saved with the session allowing full session loudness recall.

Offline AudioSuite scans can be loaded into the real-time meter for immediate pre-loading of loudness history. ReMEM brings unparalleled workflow acceleration, delivering best-in-class performance to your editing environment.

Comprehensive True Peak metering

VisLM’s True Peak meter displays True Peak values as defined in ITU-R BS.1770. This accurately measures inter-sample peaks, facilitating the avoidance of potential distortion further downstream.

VisLM logs True Peak violations against time code in the scrolling history view and in optional data logs enabling rapid identification of problem areas and full diagnostic analysis.

Economical efficiency

Elegant and simple to use, VisLM promotes a highly efficient workflow with the ability to drill down to any level of complexity the context demands. With VisLM, your loudness workflow is transparently integrated into the production environment.

With a fully resizable interface and many additional visualisations, it is simple to identify exactly the information you need and choose the configuration that matches your workflow precisely.

For post, broadcast & games

VisLM is an ideal tool to achieve average loudness harmonisation from differing sources, consistently balancing music, dialog and special effects in order to hit specification easily and intuitively. Whether working to meet legislation or simply towards internal loudness standards, the plug-in can be used to manage levels rapidly and objectively.

VisLM also includes up to 7.1.2 surround support, and is PlayStation, PSP & Xbox One compatible.

Compliant

NUGEN loudness products are compatible with all recommendations and guidance based on the international standard ITU-R B.S. 1770, revisions 1, 2, 3 and 4 including:

  • ATSC A/85 (CALM ACT)
  • EBU R128
  • EBU R128 S1
  • ARIB TR-B32
  • OP-59
  • AGCOM 219/9/CSP
  • Portaria 354
  • DPP (BBC, ITV, C4, C5, S4C)
  • Netflix

VisLM also supports Leq(m) measurement (TASA and SAWA variants).

Typical applications

Loudness normalisation introduces a common reference point for all stages of audio production, allowing audio professionals to remain in control of audio quality and meet the requirements of current and proposed legislation.

Post production

  • Hit specification easily and intuitively
  • Achieve average loudness harmonisation from differing sources
  • Balance music/dialog/special effects

Acquisition

  • Take control of audio quality at source
  • Avoid ‘level shifting’ further down the broadcast stream
  • Produce consistent masters

Broadcast

  • Meet legislation and internal standards
  • Manage live broadcast levels rapidly and objectively
  • Consistently balance music/dialog/special effects

Game Audio

  • 7.1.2 surround support
  • PlayStation, PSP & Xbox One compatible
  • Balance dialog/SFX/beds

System Requirements

Available Formats

  • 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.x / 512 MB RAM

Windows

  • Windows Vista or above / 512 MB RAM

Full ReMEM functionality requires a timecode lock to be provided by the NLE/DAW.


13. DRMeter

by MAAT

DRMeter

MAAT’s DRMeter is the universal real-time level metering plug-in companion to our official DROffline batch measurement utility.

The Only Way to Measure DR

The MAAT DRMeter offers essential options for musically responsive, real-time level metering. These include graphical and numeric measurement of DR dynamic range, SPPM Peak and RMS amplitude, plus digital overs and “digital black.” The MAAT DRMeter release is MAAT’s first step in bringing forward the legacy of the PMF’s legendary TT Dynamic Range Meter, which was certainly the most popular metering plugin of the last decade. Inspiring music producers and artists worldwide for more dynamic music releases, this “micro” version will soon be followed by its big brother. The upcoming, upgradable DRMeterMkII features all modern metering algorithms, including True Peak Level and Loudness Units compliant with EBU R128 and ATSC A/85. MAAT paid particular attention to the DRMeter’s ballistics, which contributed to the original’s broad acceptance. We have tested the new DRMeter again and again against the original TT DR Meter to ensure a consistent user experience. In addition, DRMeter is modern, supporting all major plug-in formats including VST/VST3 and AAX for macOS and Windows plus Audio Units for Mac.

MAAT to the Rescue

The DR meter is back! In conjunction with the PMF, the geeks at MAAT have sweated the details, testing and tweaking to make sure that you get the same familiar and much-loved ballistics of the original TT DR Meter tool, which has already helped to preserve dynamics for thousands of modern pop releases and multimillions of records sold. The only difference between the original and new DR meters is the removal of Correlation metering and the Mono Button. That was done, in response to user requests, to reduce UI height so the new DRMeter takes up less screen real estate. We have implemented those functions in a free plug-in, the MAAT 2BusControl, which also includes solo buttons for L, R, MONO & DIFF, plus a left-right flip button and a useful Balance meter. Usable metering is an essential for any engineer, and the DRMeter´s measurement and display algorithms adhere to our guiding philosophy of enhancing your workflow and improving ergonomics through careful attention to the way you actually work. Ballistics are meticulously tuned to achieve the best match between the aural impressions you hear and the optical rendering by the meters. Likewise, the plug-in is “lightweight” demanding a minimum of CPU resources so it won´t slow down your host.

Built to Perform

The MAAT DRMeter is a worthy companion for daily mixing and mastering tasks, enabling fast, accurate and easy mix and mastering decisions. For fine-tuning peak excursions, and properly setting your limiter with the fast and responsive peak meter bar, DRMeter is unmatched. An “Overs” alert warns you to tweak your limiter in order to prevent unwanted distortion on playback. The adjacent RMS loudness bar graphs have more relaxed or damped ballistics, so you get a good sense of the perceptual loudness. This conveys a sense of proper level staging without overly hectic meter movement. The green -18 dB RMS tick mark indicates 0 LU, a widely agreed upon amplitude for hitting your outboard gear’s sweet spot. It also helps to manage gain staging for ITB or In-The-Box workflows. The legendary DR bar graph can be operated as independent channels, or coupled for a summed left/right response. Our DR bar graph visually informs the user through a familiar “traffic light” green/yellow/red colour coding scheme. The blue -∞ indicator informs you when your DAW is delivering “digital black” or null AES data. If you’ve inserted some noise generating plug-in or outboard within a project, you’ll instantly see that. Complementing the new BS.1770 metering standards, including Loudness Range (LRA) which was designed to reflect the macro dynamics of broadband audio with a focus on broadcasting, the importance and spirit of the DR measurement system for music is unbroken. LRA was designed for controlling the perceived loudness range of motion picture soundtracks and television programs. Whereas the DRMeter’s algorithm looks at the loudest 20% of the instantaneous signal, LRA purposefully ignores the top 5% of a track’s dynamic deviation, making it unsuitable for the evaluation of the dynamics of music.

DRMeter is Only Half the Story

The DRMeter is a plug-in that generates approximate DR values when applied to the loudest passages in a track. Due to real-time operation, it cannot measure official DR values, which are cumulative over the entire length of a song. Only the companion DROffline batch measuring utility can scrub through an entire song or track, resulting in an official DR number.

Be sure to also check out DROffline.

The Backstory

The DR algorithm, akin to PLR (Peak–to–Loudness Ratio) or “crest factor,” specifically measures the dynamic density or lack of dynamics caused by overly aggressive dynamic compression and limiting. When the loudest spots of a song are measured, it gives the user an estimate for the “official” DR Value, measured with the companion DROffline. Seeing a meaningful and easy to understand indication of dynamic range inspires users to back away from hyper-compression. The complete DR metering system, composed of the real-time DRMeter plus the DROffline batch processor, was created by Friedemann Tischmeyer to address the need to generate a repeatable, easy to understand numeric value. In response to the broadly publicized “Loudness Wars,” the PMF worked to raise awareness that oppressively compressed dynamics in pop music are not only counterproductive but sound often like crap! Now legendary, the PMF’s TT DR Meter and its offline companion was created to provide a deterministic benchmark and was used by thousands of engineers and consumers to measure and log the dynamic range of popular music releases around the world. Alas, as with all things digital, the TT DR Meter grew old. An update was needed…

Features & Specifications:

  • Official DR
  • SPPM
  • RMS
  • Peak Hold

Supported Formats:

  • AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.10 and newer)
  • AU
  • VST2/3 M/W
  • Sample rates from 44.1 to 384 kHz

System Requirements

Mac:

  • macOS 10.8 and newer, 32 & 64 bit.

PC:

  • Windows 7 and newer, 32 & 64 bit.

14. Dynameter

by MeterPlugs

 

Dynameter

Stop Worrying About Loudness, Start Working With Dynamics: With Dynameter, you can…

Instantly assess the dynamics of your music: See how dynamic your audio is at a glance.

Optimize the punch and power of your audio: Measure the best sounding music out there, and match it.

Achieve competitive loudness on any platform: Ensure minimal playback level changes when streaming online.

Choose your target dynamics profile: Choose a suitable preset or your own custom setting.

Stop worrying about loudness: Dynamic is the new loud!

Succeed with dynamics: Gain an intuitive feel for optimal levels of compression and limiting.

Is That a Waveform? No. So what exactly does Dynameter show?

Dynameter displays a measurement called PSR – the difference between the peak level and the loudness. Higher PSR readings are typically found with more dynamic recordings, whereas heavily limited or clipped material usually shows lower PSR values. Dynameter measures the PSR in realtime, and also displays a colour-coded history graph, giving you an intuitive snapshot view of the dynamic profile of your music.

Dynameter vs. TT Meter

What’s the difference?

Dynameter will feel very comfortable for users of the TT Meter – we’ve deliberately tuned the results to make sure they’re as intuitive as possible. There are differences, though. The TT Meter uses plain RMS values for its “DR” readings, whereas Dynameter’s PSR readings use the more sophisticated ITU loudness standard. For audio with a balanced frequency response, the results will often be similar.

Features

  • Select a dynamic profile “target”
  • Presets for getting started
  • 90 minute PSR history
  • Zoom history in/out
  • Numeric PSR reading

System Requirements 

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or greater (Intel-based Mac)
  • Windows XP or greater

Supported Formats 

  • Audio Units, VST 2.4 and AAX
  • Dynameter is 32 / 64-bit compatible

15. Perception

by MeterPlugs

Perception

Find your music’s loudness “sweet spot”.

Ever wonder, “how loud should my music be?” Many people prefer louder music – that’s how the loudness wars started – but too much “loudness processing” can do more harm than good… Squashed, dull, flat sound – or even pumping and distortion. Now, with Perception, you can zero in on your music’s loudness “sweet spot”.

Better? Or Just Louder?

Loudness changes our perception of music. As a mastering engineer, you must constantly ask yourself, “Is this really better? Or just louder?” Making accurate, impartial judgements about this has always been a key skill of the mastering engineer, which can take years to learn. Until now…

Loudness Deception

Make informed decisions about your music.

Perception allows you to hear through “loudness deception” and make truly impartial, accurate decisions about the best possible sound for your music – quickly and easily. You can instantly bypass entire FX chains to make A/B comparisons of EQ settings, compression and more. Even better, Perception will level-match and sync your sources so that “loudness deception” and plugin delay do not influence your decisions.

Level-Matched A/B Testing

How does it work?

Simple. First, insert the Perception Source plugin before the FX chain you want to A/B test. Second, insert the Perception Controller plugin after the FX chain. Now you can toggle Perception’s Bypass FX button to compare your music with and without the FX chain. Then press Balance and Sync to level-match and sync the sources.

Features

  • Bypass entire FX chains
  • Fast A/B testing
  • Loudness matching
  • Plugin delay compensation
  • Peak to loudness ratio display
  • Dynamic range tweaking
  • Snapshots

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or greater
  • Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
  • AAX, Audio Unit, or VST 2.4 compatible DAW

Compatibility

  • Mac: AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7+), Audio Unit and VST 2.4 (all 32

16. Blue Cat’s StereoScope Multi

by Blue Cat Audio

Blue Cat's StereoScope Multi

Blue Cat’s StereoScope Multi is a unique tool to compare the stereo image of several tracks in real-time. It is the ideal solution for mixing: you can actually see which part of the stereo field every single instrument uses. It can also be used to analyze an effect chain and see how audio effects influence the stereo image of your content. This plug-in is based on the same stereo analysis algorithms as Blue Cat’s StereoScope Pro analysis plug-in, and the instant, peak or average responses of several audio tracks can be displayed on the same graph (the plug-in supports up to 16 curves). The same zooming capabilities and coordinates display let you exactly measure the characteristics of the stereo image for each audio track.

The advanced routing capabilities let you define different settings for each track, and thus adapt the parameters for each audio signal you want to analyze. Our multiple tracks audio analysis tutorial shows you how to use this multitrack analysis feature. Thanks to Blue Cat’s skinning language support and the included window opacity management feature, you can adapt the plug-in user interface to your personal needs and enhance your workflow. If you are looking for a stereo field analyzer specialized in single track analysis with audio to MIDI capabilities, check Blue Cat’s StereoScope Pro plug-in.

Features

  • Multiple tracks real-time stereo field analyzer: visualize and compare the stereo image of several audio tracks on the same screen.
  • Unique data sharing technology with multi-core processors support.
  • Compute and display the difference between curves for easy response curve measurement.
  • Animated zoom for all views.
  • Precise measurement capabilities.
  • Easy phase cancellation and mono compatibility issues detection on multiple tracks or within an effect chain.
  • Instant, peak and average curves display for each track.
  • Save the curves for easy A/B comparison.
  • Opacity control for the user interface.
  • Custom absolute and relative threshold control.

Blue Cat Audio Standards

  • Available as: Mac-AAX, Mac-AU, Mac-VST, Mac-VST3, Win-AAX, Win-VST, Win-VST3, Win x64-AAX, Win x64-VST, Win x64-VST3.
  • Native DSP code for optimal performance.
  • Full MIDI control and automation support with silent, zipper-free parameters update, advanced response control and MIDI Learn.
  • No CPU load on idle: when the plug-in is fed with silence, the processing smoothly shuts down, to optimize the CPU usage of your Digital Audio Workstation.
  • Customizable user interface with transparency management and zoom.
  • Smooth Bypass: activate/deactivate the plug-in with absolutely no noise.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Full-featured integrated presets manager.
  • Copy/paste the state of the plug-in between instances using the system clipboard.
  • Any sample rate supported.

System Requirements

Windows

  • An SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or newer).
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 or 10.
  • Any VST / AAX compatible host software (32 or 64 bit).

Mac OS X

  • An Intel processor.
  • Mac OS 10.7 or newer.
  • Any VST / Audio Unit (32/64-bit) / AAX compatible application.

Supported Platforms

  • Mac-AAX
  • Mac-AU
  • Mac-RTAS
  • Mac-VST
  • Win-DX
  • Win-RTAS
  • Win-VST
  • Win x64-DX
  • Win x64-VST

17. PPMulator XL

by zplane

PPMulator XL

Peak & Loudness Metering Plug-in

PPMulator is a cross-platform plug-in meter for digital audio workstations which exactly mimics the look and feel of a professional broadcast Peak Programme Meter (PPM).

This plugin provides a precisely calibrated workspace for recording, editing, mixing and mastering.

The plug-in is available in two versions: PPMulator+ and PPMulatorXL; the latter offers additional features such as EBU R128 loudness metering and batch audio file processing. 

Features

  • Customizable and resizable layouts and channel labelling
  • Audio file batch processing (PPMulatorXL only)
  • Automated peak logging with export
  • Mono gain trim to M3 (-3dB) or M6 (-6dB) standards
  • Phase correlation meter & Goniometer
  • Reference tone generator for meter alignment and calibration
  • Multi-channel support up to six channels

Supported Standards

  • IEC 268-10 Type I: Nordic N9
  • IEC 268-10 Type I: DIN 45406
  • IEC 268-10 Type IIa: BBC scale
  • IEC 268-10 Type IIb: EBU scale
  • ITU-R BS.1770-2: True Peak Meter
  • EBU R128 (2011): Loudness Meter (PPMulatorXL only)

System Requirements

  • Audio format: Mono/ Stereo/ Mid-Side/ 5.1, 32-192kHz sample rate
  • Plugin format: RTAS, AAX, AU, VST + Standalone application
  • Min. system CPU: 1GHz
  • OS: Mac OS min 10.6, Windows min. XP
  • Host: Pro Tools: > V9

18. LCAST Surround

by MeterPlugs

LCAST Surround

“Great metering is essential for great mastering, and the LCAST meter gives you the best ‘bang for your buck’ of any ITU meter I’ve tried – I love the ‘zoom’ feature! – Ian Shepherd (productionadvice.co.uk)

“At Miromastering we had wanted a peak meter that could measure and quantify digital intersample overs for some time. With the introduction of the new, proposed broadcast standards for loudness the need for a true peak loudness meter became even more important to us. We found the MeterPlugs LCAST met our needs for a true peak meter in a clear and uncluttered display that can be easily and quickly set to meet the various international broadcast standards. – Tony O’Shea (miromastering.com)

“Nothing to adjust, numerical displays as well as color coded graphics, all in a beautiful interface. I love this meter. – Angelo Panetta (panet

Comprehensive Loudness Metering

Everything you need to make your audio broadcast-ready.

LCAST makes it easy to take loudness and true-peak measurements. It supports all the major loudness standards and has easy-to-use presets for the most popular ones: ATSC A/85 (CALM Act), ITU BS.1770 and EBU R128. Mono, stereo and surround formats are all compatible (surround only available in LCAST Surround). Use LCAST with Logic, Final Cut Pro X, Soundtrack Pro, Cubase, Nuendo, Reaper and more. LCAST has everything you need to create broadcast-ready audio.

Mastered for iTunes

Optimize levels for online music services.

Online music services like iTunes and Spotify are embracing loudness normalization to achieve consistent listening levels. Without it, listeners become frustrated by large volume changes from track to track. This is especially critical when songs from a variety of artists and genres are mixed and matched in a playlist – it is unlikely that they were all mastered at the same level. LCAST allows you to target the iTunes Radio and Spotify normalization levels, so that you can be certain that your music will sound its best on these services.

Faster than Realtime Processing

Zero-in on your levels quickly.

If your DAW supports offline processing (e.g., Pro Tools’ AudioSuite, offline bouncing, etc.), LCAST can be used to quickly calculate integrated (programme) loudness, loudness range and other measurements. This is ideal for long content including film, albums and TV shows.

Loudness History

Zoom-in to get a closer look.

LCAST’s primary display, the history plot, shows you a timeline of your programme’s loudness and allows you to quickly spot loudness peaks and valleys. It acts like a personal video recorder (PVR) for your audio, recording up to 24 hours of loudness history. The visual display makes it trivial to identify portions of your programme that need tweaking. This solves the problem of identifying loud commercials, quiet dialogue and much more.

The history plot displays all standard loudness measurements: momentary, short-term and integrated loudness. In addition to that, LCAST features a custom variance measurement that gives you an idea of how dynamic your audio is. Each measurement can be toggled on and off so that you can focus on what is most important to you.

True-Peak Metering

What are inter-sample peaks?

LCAST’s true-peak meters accurately detect inter-sample peaks and warn you of potential clipping. It does this by quadrupling the signal frequency (internally) and interpolating between audio samples. This process catches overloads that other meters miss.

Features

  • ATSC A/85 (Calm Act)
  • EBU R128
  • ITU BS.1770
  • Loudness history
  • Integrated, short-term and momentary loudness
  • Loudness range
  • Loudness variance
  • True-peak meters
  • Overload indicators
  • Loudness gating
  • Custom color regions
  • Mono, stereo
  • 5.1 surround
  • Logging

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X v10.7 or greater
  • Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
  • 1 GB of RAM or greater
  • 100 MB or more of free disk space
  • Audio Unit and/or VST 2.4 compatible DAW

Compatibility

Mac: LCAST comes in three versions on the Mac: an AAX plug-in for Pro Tools (10.3.7+), an Audio Unit and a VST 2.4 plug-in. All plug-ins are 32/64-bit universal binaries.

Windows: LCAST is available as a 32/64-bit AAX plug-in for Pro Tools (10.3.7+) and a VST 2.4 plug-in on Windows.

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