TC Electronic know the importance of loudness in broadcast audio, being renowned for their top TM7 and TM9 metering hardware, and LM6 metering plug-in. Now they’ve made it much more accessible, with an affordable LM2 Radar Loudness Meter plug-in that works with all major DAWs.
What sets the LM2 apart from the competition is the Radar view. Instead of the usual (pretty dull) numeric or histogram readout, the meter is displayed as a funky radar – with the main view showing you loudness history, while the outer ring displays momentary short-term loudness. It’s much easier to get an idea of loudness at a glance, but also displays an accurate readout too.
The LM2 plug-in looks set to be a good addition for anyone working in broadcast, as it will work in pretty much any DAW (in stereo), and most digital video editors on Mac OS X or PC. It supports all major plug-in formats, including AAX, RTAS and Audio Suite for Pro Tools, as well as AU and VST. At the price point ($99 until the 1st July), there aren’t really any competitors on the market which can match the LM2. Apart from TC’s LM6 native loudness meter, which you’ll need if you’re working in surround rather than just stereo.
Why do I need loudness metering?
“As TV broadcasters complete their transition to an all-digital delivery, content providers may soon have to embrace a new means for monitoring audio output in order to conform to acceptable loudness standards. Just as what the move from the analogue of tape to the digital of CD did for music, the move to digital TV broadcast has brought about a delivery system capable of much greater dynamic range. While that…” read more
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