New Gear Review: TC Electronic Trio Of Loudness Plug-Ins

TCElectronic copyThe LM1n, LM2n and LM6n are the three new loudness meter plug-ins for audio and video editing systems from TC Electronic. Available now in AAX (Pro Tools 10 and 11), VST and AU plug-in Native formats and require an iLok2 account (free) for authorization—with or without the iLok2 dongle.

These meters comply with all major broadcast standards, including BS.1770, A/85, R128, TR-B32 and OP-59. The new LM1n is basic and has a minimal footprint that can be kept onscreen at all times—it does not have the Radar screen. It measures loudness in the same way as LM2n and LM6n but displays values in program loudness (L), Loudness Range (LRA), Max Momentary Loudness (M), Max Short Term Loudness (S) or Sliding Loudness (10 Sec) as well as True-Peak clipping instantly.

Both the LM2n and LM6n offer a lot of new features such as dedicated settings for Max Momentary or Max Short Term (S) Loudness display. LM2n measures any mono or stereo signal while LM6n supports mono, stereo and 5.1 surround. LM6n also features detailed logging for documenting delivery specs in accordance with major broadcast standards.

Great for stereo music mixers like me, get the LM1 for $79. The LM2n is $149 and the LM6 is $449.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. http://barryrudolph.com