Trent Reznor is taking a stand in the ‘loudness wars’ by offering the latest Nine Inch Nails album, Hesitation Marks, mastered two different ways:
the standard, ‘loud’ mastering (which is what you’ll find on the CD, on iTunes, and everywhere else); and
an alternate ‘audiophile’ mastering, designed for audiophiles and people with an understanding of the mastering process.
The ‘loudness wars’ is the trend for music to be mastered with greater and greater compression, which results in tracks sounding ‘louder’, at the expense of dynamic range. According to the band, the standard ‘loud’ version will be preferable for most listeners, but the ‘audiophile’ version is a more accurate reflection of the music. Continue reading
iMusicAlbum has updated Audio Mastering for iPad, adding AudioBus support and more.
Here’s what’s new in Audio Mastering for iPad:
- Support Audiobus as Effect or Output.
- Recording from Audiobus Effects/Output or from external input.
- Record button on Audiobus connection panel.
- Auto start recording at signal presence.
- Solo mode for Equalizer bands.
- High-quality sample rate converter to 44/48 kHz with 16/24 bits.
- Some minor bugs fixed.
Audio Mastering – described as ‘the first fully functional audio mastering application for iPad’ – is now available.
Audio Mastering lets you process sound, convert audio formats, change sample rate, convert bit depth, cut part of track for preview and make fade-in and fade-out.
Here are the details: Continue reading
Developer Igor Vasiliev, creator of MIDI Pattern Sequencer, has announced Audio Mastering Studio for iPad, described as a “fully functional audio mastering application for iPad”.
- Linear-phase 10-bands graphic Equalizer based on phase shifts – has “unique soft sound, very close in sound to the quality analog devices”.
- Harmonic Saturator with three sets of harmonics
- Stereo Imaging “takes control of sound space of your composition and lets you make sounding wider or narrower in each of three bands.”
- Loudness Maximizer can increase RMS of your track without audible distortion.
Here’s what he has to say about Audio Mastering Studio: Continue reading
Audiofile Engineering has introduced Triumph, a ‘sequel’ to their Wave Editor audio editing application.
Triumph is more than just a new version of Wave Editor. ?We rethought everything, not only how to improve on what we built in Wave Editor, but how we could bring the concept of an audio editor forward?, says Matthew Foust, founder of Audiofile Engineering, ?Triumph takes full advantage of all of the latest technologies Mac OS X has to offer.?
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iZotope has released Alloy 2, a mixing suite that features six tools in one plug-in.
Here’s what’s new in iZotope Alloy 2:
Alloy 2?s sonic enhancements include a redesigned Exciter module, a revamped multiband Transient Shaper, a host of new EQ filters, including Treble and Bass Baxandall filters, and more. Alloy 2 users will also click less to achieve more thanks to both a fully overhauled user interface, enlarged to make more controls accessible, and a new Overview panel that dynamically adjusts to show only the most relevant settings of the modules in play.
With low CPU usage and zero latency operation, Alloy 2 can be used again and again across a wide range of tracks and buses, making it a perfect mixing complement to iZotope?s flagship mastering suites, Ozone 5 and Ozone 5 Advanced. To this end, Alloy 2 also features an internal Meter Tap, which provides immediate visual feedback from Alloy 2?s tracks and buses in the Ozone5 Advanced Meter Bridge.