Ref­er­ence

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From the de­vel­oper be­hind mix ‘ad­vi­sor’ meter Lev­els comes Ref­er­ence (VST/VST3/AU/AAX), a plugin de­signed to help you com­pare your mix or mas­ter against pro tracks. Load it on your mas­ter chan­nel, drag in up to 20 ref­er­ence tracks, then A/B be­tween your mix and se­lected ref­er­ence.

Next, com­pare LUFS (ie, av­er­age) and Peak lev­els, and au­to­mat­i­cally Level Match against your mix. For play­back, you can Auto-Align and loop ref­er­ences. The lower Trin­ity Dis­play is where you add, re­move, ad­just and solo fre­quency bands; it’s also here that Ref­er­ence gives you in­for­ma­tion on the ref­er­ence’s fre­quency, stereo con­tent and dy­nam­ics in com­par­i­son to yours. We found this ‘in­tel­li­gent me­ter­ing’ rather ef­fec­tive, es­pe­cially in sit­u­a­tions when you’re un­sure ex­actly why a pro track sounds ‘bet­ter’ than yours.

In a world of com­plex ‘mix as­sis­tants’ and do-it-all mas­ter­ing so­lu­tions, Ref­er­ence is an ef­fi­cient, in­tu­itive tool that will un­doubt­edly stream­line your A/B com­par­i­son process, ul­ti­mately guid­ing you to­wards bet­ter mix­ing and mas­ter­ing de­ci­sions in the stu­dio.

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