New Gear Review: RTW Masterclass Series


RTW has its Masterclass plug-ins series—software versions of the RTW-TouchMonitor hardware units. Masterclass Series come in standard plug-in formats for Win/Mac systems and display audio levels and loudness range for mono, stereo, multi-channel and surround (up to 8-channels) audio with up to 96 kHz sample rates.

These tools are divided into two suites: RTW Mastering Tools and RTW Loudness Tools. Both allow for detailed customization of the set of tools used; you can set their individual size, number and layout within the plug-in window itself.

The RTW Mastering Tools ($999) features up to 8-ch. PPM, True Peak and Loudness measurement, surround sound analyzer, a multi-function correlator, 61-band RTA, 2/4-channel vector scope, SPL view and bar graph metering.

The RTW Loudness Tools ($450) focuses on achieving a target loudness range with selectable TV loudness standards such as ITU 1770-3, ITU 1771-2, EBU R 128, OP-59, ARIB, ATSC A/85, CALM, AGCOM, Trailer (TASA-85) and Commercial (SAWA-82)

A “must have” for complying, the RTW Masterclass Series is ready for all DAW systems used on- or offline in broadcast, film re-recording and music production.

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.