Sound Magic Releases Neo Loudness – ‘The Ultimate Weapon For The Loudness War’

Sound Magic has introduced Neo Loudness – a comprehensive tool designed to control loudness. Neo Loudness not only includes traditional compressors and limiters, but it also features a new type of Maximizer.

The Sound Magic Neo Loudness algorithm is based on psychological acoustics, the science that shows how human ears are less sensitive to loudness when it reaches certain ranges. Neo Loudness uses this area to compress the audio signal. When using traditional limiters – and under heavy limiting – music can sound very tight and breathless. The main instruments will sound like they are being pushed way forward. With Neo Loudness, the overall result is a more natural sound while the imaging of the instruments is hardly changed.

With heavy limiting and clipping, a traditional limiter can also generate more odd harmonic distortion than even harmonic distortion. Overall, Neo Loudness tends to generate less harmonic distortion altogether and the harmonics that are generated tend to be the even ones, giving a warmer and more natural sound.

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Free Loudness Maximizer For Mac, Windows

LoudMax is a free loudness maximizer effect plug-in for Mac & Windows.

LoudMax is described as a maximizer with a transparent sound, designed to retain the original character of the music as much as possible even at high compression levels.

New In LoudMax V1.09

  • LoudMax VST Plugin ported to Mac OS X. Audio Unit version implemented using Symbiosis from NuEdge Development. Support for Intel Mac and Power PC.
  • Winamp Plugin now supports 5.1 Surround. Built-in stereo overdrive protection to avoid distortions in a subsequent stereo downmix.
  • Improved limiter algorithm. Transients will remain better.
  • Improved release curve at high compression levels for an accurate sound and less artifacts.

Download from the LoudMax site.

Free Loudness Maximizer Effect For Mac, Windows

Free Music Software: Aradaz Maximizer 5 is a free loudness maximizer effect plug-in for Mac & Windows:

After 5 months trials and errors of making loudness maximizer vst, the algorithm which I’m looking for is finally found. I’have reworked the previous AradazMaximizer5 and I still use that name for this new maximizerVST plugin.

AradazMaximizer5 Reworked Version has better performance of limiting audio signal. It has no pumping effect, easy to use, simple and free.


  • Maximize parameter.
  • 2 speed types (normal and fast).
  • Attack and release characterization.
  • Output parameter (never exceed 0 dB).
  • Sample rates up to 192 kHz.
  • 64 bit internal processing.

Aradaz Maximizer 5 is available now as a free download for PC and Mac (VST/AU).

NAMM Update: iZotope Ozone 4

NAMM Show News: iZotope announced Ozone 4. iZotope has updated and expanded Ozone’s processing algorithms, optimizing them for low-latency DAW environments.

Ozone 4 features a new Intelligent Loudness Maximizer mode, mid/side processing for superior control over the sound stage, hybrid crossovers, a re- designed interface and a completely updated preset manager featuring innovative MacroPresets. In addition, numerous interface improvements and ease-of-use additions make Ozone even more accessible to musicians who want to quickly finalize their projects, while also offering precise tools for professional engineers.

Ozone 4 ships January 30th, 2009 for $249 MSRP. Ozone 4 is distributed worldwide by M-Audio, and will also be available by direct download only. Customers who bought Ozone 3 after October 1, 2008 are eligible for a free upgrade to Ozone 4 when it is released. Existing Ozone 3 customers will be able to upgrade for only $79 USD. Continue reading

NAMM: BBE Debuts Sonic Maximizer Pedal

BBE Maximizer Pedal2005 NAMM Show: BBE has introduced a foot pedal version of its rack-mounting BBE Sonic Maximizer.

Offering the same sonic specifications as the BBE 482i, the new BBE Sonic Stomp also features hard wire bypass, non slip rubber base and an easy to access 9v battery compartment, while an external power supply is included in the package.

For more information, visit the BBE Sound site.

LevelGround Releases Vintasion 2.0, Fattenizer 2.0, and CrunchEQ 1.0

Levelground Media, a company providing media content, processing solutions, and digital audio processing plug-ins, has released updates to Vintasion and Fattenizer, and introduced a new plug-in, CrunchEQ. All three are digital audio processing plugins for use in Audio Unit supporting host environments.

Vintasion 2.0, Fattenizer 2.0, and CrunchEQ 1.0 offer recording musicians and engineers of all skill levels the ability to enhance individual audio tracks and project mixes by adding user tunable vintage style ‘coloration’ with Vintasion, ‘fattening’ ability with Fattenizer, and configurable equalization including “crunch” with CrunchEQ via specialized algorithmic configurations.

Special features of the three plug-ins include 64-bit internal processing, a Multi-Processing Core containing multiple distinct processing engines, each with configurable settings and distinct processing algorithms, and chained or parallel processing routing options available to provide an unlimited set of processing effects.

Beyond expanding the potential install base to users all Audio Unit supporting host environments, the updates have been completely rewritten to also contain features requested by existing users, including exposure to more internal parameters, workflow/user interface improvements, and easy installation.

The new plug-ins are available for download on Levelground Media’s website. Levelground Media offers Vintasion 2.0, Fattenizer 2.0, and CrunchEQ 1.0 either individually or bundled together in the LgM Thermal Pack.

Special “50% off” introductory pricing is available until July 5, 2004.

Additional information is available at the Levelground site.