Nugen and DontCrack have got together to offer you the “Modern Mastering bundle” the Pros use. It is a ‘must have’ toolkit to deliver perfectly mastered audio files to all major streaming platforms such as YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, etc. with total confidence.
A complete and comprehensive bundle of 3 plugins, MasterCheck Pro, ISL 2st, and Visualizer that will give you the tools to get the optimal settings to upload your mixes and videos on streaming websites with complete peace of mind that you have delivered the best sounding file possible.
Codecs may not correctly handle your audio if your mixes or masters are not well optimised or “prepared” for them. They may, therefore, lead to distortion or other unwanted artifacts in the stream that are not present in the original master files. You, therefore need to have the right tools to analyze and encode your master files to make them fully compliant with the streaming platform’s codecs.
Using a real-time encoding plug-in, such as MasterCheck Pro 1.4, allows you to regain control over your levels. Monitoring several codecs simultaneously from within your DAW lets you make informed choices about how to handle peak audio levels for optimal playback across the streaming platforms.
All streaming services employ codecs to reduce the bandwidth required to deliver music to the listener. Listening to these codecs, it becomes clear that there is a big quality difference between the different codecs and bandwidths available. MasterCheck Pro actually lets you hear these problems in real time and correct them.
If you are using a limiter, you will have a true-peak limiter at the end of your chain, the ISL 2st. The harder you push a sample peak limiter, the more likely you are to introduce inter-sample peaks. Remember, you won’t necessarily hear the problem in your session (unless you are monitoring an encoding process through MasterCheck Pro of course!). Your DAW will happily run at a high bit depth, using floating point calculations giving a headroom way in excess of any sensible requirement. The problems only appear as you export your mix and encode for streaming!
Visualizer gives you indispensable audio analysis for quality audio production, with a standardised reference set of professional tools that let you work faster, avoid mistakes, repeat past success and leverage the success of others.