New Gear Review: Nugen Audio Loudness Toolkit 2

Loudness Toolkit 2 is NUGEN Audio’s latest version of their loudness metering/measurement and correction toolkit. By combining program and short-term or momentary loudness corrections, the Loudness Toolkit 2 is essential for reliably meeting loudness compliance standards as mandated for post-production and broadcast audio streams.

The three tools in Toolkit 2 are: ISL 2 True-Peak Limiter, LM-Correct 2 Quick-Fix and VisLM-C and VisLM-H 2. They run as plug-ins and work in Macs and PCs in AAX, RTAS, VST2, VST3, and AU formats and also as AudioSuite processors for Pro Tools plus the LM-Correct 2 and VisLM run as standalone processors.

The ISL 2 inter-sample True Peak limiter controls true peak audio levels for audio files from mono up to 7.1 surround sound files. It offers a choice between using either the ITU-R B.S. 1770 standard or the afclip for Mastered for iTunes+ ™.

LM-Correct 2 will perform, in faster than real-time, both loudness analysis and correction. Both the standalone and AudioSuite versions work the same to correct both program, short-term and momentary loudness issues. The VisLM-H Loudness Meter has a resizable GUI that will expand for an “across the room” visual presentation great for any control room.

The Toolkit 2 sells for $949 MSRP with an upgrade path for current users of earlier versions of VisLM, ISL and LM-Correct.

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.