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.
Youlean Loudness Meter
YouLean is featured prominently on my master bus. This plugin will give you real-time updates as to the integrated, momentary, and short term LUFS value during playback. It’s also very useful for keeping your True Peak levels in check.
As you can see on the right hand side of the below screenshot, YouLean actually plots a graph showing the historical LUFS vales of the song.
This isn’t a loudness meter as such. It’s a dynamic range meter that uses basic units such as peak and RMS. It’s floating dynamic section is a very good indicator of where on the scale the energy of the song is at any given moment. It is especially useful if you are using the K-System for monitoring and serves as a guide to knowing the dynamics of the song you are mastering. The RMS meter can be calibrated to various frequency weightings as to get a better idea of the loudness relative to full scale as opposed to just simple RMS which is very sensitive to bass.
A very sophisticated loudness meter that allows you to set a ‘target loudness’ which the meters respond to allowing to visually achieve your LUFS goal. It even features a PLR meter. PLR is Peak to Loudness Ratio, the difference between the integrated LUFS and peak value. PLR is good to know when optimising for loudness normalised streaming platforms.
Based on the design of classic VU meters of their time. I personally use this as slow RMS meter, very useful for balancing the louder parts of songs within the context of album mastering. It even features a mono maker for summing everything below a given frequency to mono.
Voxengo SPAN (Stereo Mastering Setting)
This one is always good to look at when you have slight doubts or need validation of the general distribution of energy over the frequency spectrum. Generally speaking, you are looking for a reasonably flat response here rolling off at around 8k. However, this is a huge generalisation and should not be forced out of a given mix if there is energy lacking in some frequency domains. Use it as a reference. The same goes for all meters for that matter.
Orban Loudness Meter
Sometimes I get to the goal quite quickly without the use of meters. Orban is unique in the sense that it’s not actually a plug-in. It’s in fact an app that allows you to get your loudness and true peak levels from a printed mix or master. This saves time as I don’t have to play the song through just to know my LUFS values and such. Good for just checking the numbers after the fact and for comparing tracks.
Ian Shepherd and the good people at Meterplugs have created a solid range of metering plugins that go way beyond yesteryear’s familiar standards. Their flagship plugins include Dynameter and Perception, helping you find the right balance between loud and dynamic, the sweetspot if you will.
Your Stock Meter
It’s very likely that your DAW features it’s own meters. They will likely give you peak and RMS readings at least. As with all of these plugins, it’s best to start using them with real material and learning how they respond to various types of music. I often drag things from my iTunes library to see what it looks like through the meters I use. This helps me paint a picture of what to work towards, especially when using reference tracks.
There is a lot more to mastering than looking at meters, but it doesn’t have to be rocket science. If you are keen to learn more about mastering, here is a coupon for my Mastering Audio in Logic Pro X Course.
Youlean Loudness Meter helps you find the true perceived loudness of your audio and prepares it for TV or streaming services release.
Join the thousands of recording studios that already use it.
DAW plugin and appWorks in almost any DAW: FL Studio, Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro X, Ableton Live, Reaper, Cubase, Pro Tools…
Available as application, VST2, VST3, AU and AAX plugin formats, Windows and macOS operating systems.
Helps you comply with strict loudness requirements for the Film and TV industry.
Helps you get the correct loudness levels for upload to Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Apple Podcast, Amazon Alexa, Amazon Music, Tidal, Deezer, Netflix, HBO, and Disney+.
Measure dynamicsPrevent your mix sounding crushed and unprofessional.
Get the most out of your mix, make any track sound great on all streaming platforms!Youlean Loudness Meter was the winner of KVR Developer Challenge 2016.
As one of the prizes, the plugin was presented on NAMM Show 2017 in Los Angeles.
Free Loudness Meter Vst Plugin
Youlean (Julijan Nikolic) is also part of the FL Studio alpha team, and many of his work like Patcher presets and ZGameEditor Visualizer effects are already part of FL Studio.“Once I learned about loudness metering using LUFS, I was really fascinated. The problem was that the plugins for measuring it were (and still are) really expensive and there were no free ones that can get you started.
So, I have decided to create a free loudness meter that will be even better than the most expensive ones.”
Julijan Nikolic – Youlean
*Youlean Loudness Meter presentation at NAMM 2017, Los Angeles
Make sure to sound great on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Apple Podcast, Tidal, Deezer, Netflix, Amazon Alexa, Amazon Music, HBO, Disney+, or when streaming by using AES, or EBU R128 S2 loudness preset.GUI too small or too large?
No problem, freely resize or scale the plugin!
Experience insane plugin size customization.If you find graphs too distracting you can always switch to mini mode.
Fit precisely for your workflow.Inspect what exactly is going on with the audio dynamics.
Using the dynamic range algorithm you can detect squashed or not correctly compressed mix.Get a quick and complete analysis by dropping an audio or video file on the plugin.
Get results in just a few seconds!
In combination with system time coding, pinpoint the loudness problems in live events, or just make a wall poster of your favorite song!The plugin is calibrated and tested against ITU-R BS2217 testing materials.
It satisfies all requirements defined in ITU-R BS.1770 document.
This measurement is basically like RMS but with a twist. It takes into account how humans perceive loudness and it is currently the most accurate way of measuring loudness. The main difference compared to RMS is that LUFS uses filters to shape the sound before processing in a similar way to how we hear the sound.
This measurement will give you an idea of the difference in volume between the verse, chorus and other sections of your track. If there is a big difference in loudness between the various sections of your track then your loudness range will be a higher number and vice verse.
Dynamic range metering will show you the levels of the compression in audio. The algorithm is based on a difference between true peak and short term loudness. The current implementation is improved version of the “PSR” algorithm which has problems measuring dynamics in audio that has fast changing quiet and loud sections.
Knowing the true peak value is really important since it indicates the true maximum level of audio after conversion to analog or different digital form such as conversion from WAV to MP3. If your audio goes above 0dB TP you might get clipping in converted audio.Every PRO User gets lifetime FREE updates!
As new upgrades roll on, plugin price might jump accordingly, so why not take advantage of lifetime FREE updates right now…“I love audio software, and there are some really cool companies and really cool plugins, but man, there is no worse feeling in the world when you need to PAY for the bugfixes i.e. updates. I really hate that, and I really hate that this is the way most of the audio companies do the business.
This is not how I want to sell the software and that’s why I guarantee the lifetime free updates.”
Julijan Nikolic – Youlean
- Film, TV and Gaming presets
- LU, INT, TP, LRA, PLR, DR readouts
- Resizing, scaling GUI
- Custom true peak alert threshold
- True peak and loudness graph
- Loudness distribution graph
- Automatic loudness overdub
- Mono, Stereo, and 5.1 channel
- Low CPU consumption
- Never expires
- Everything in FREE, plus
- Streaming presets
- Dynamics graph
- PDF, PNG or SVG export
- Saving custom presets
- Text scaling
- Dark and light theme support
- A/B save states
- Drag & drop analysis
- Lifetime FREE updates
- 30 days money back guarantee
Let us explain, in more detail, all the benefits you get after upgrading to PRO version of Youlean Loudness Meter.
Hessischer Rundfunk broadcast stations in Germany use Youlean Loudness Meter.
Educational institutions that use Youlean Loudness Meter in their educational courses.
Can I install Youlean Loudness Meter on multiple computers?
This option is not applicable to companies, organizations or schools, they need to purchase a multiple license version.
Can plugin alter the audio so that it fits the selected standard?
This feature might be added in the future though.Yes, if you are a student or a teacher you can qualify for an educational discount of 30%. You need to contact me before the purchase.
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