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5. Deep ref­er­enc­ing and anal­y­sis with Plugin Al­liance ADPTR Met­ric AB

Computer Music - - Make Music Now / A/b Referencing Plugins -

1 Marc Adamo, de­vel­oper of Magic AB, has re­leased a fully-stocked suc­ces­sor in as­so­ci­a­tion with Plugin Al­liance. Call up an in­stance as the fi­nal plugin on your mas­ter chan­nel, then drag up to 16 ref­er­ence tracks onto Met­ric AB’s cen­tral dis­play to load them into the bot­tom slots.

2 As with other ref­er­enc­ing plug­ins, op­er­a­tion is sim­ple: hit play in your DAW, click on a slot to select that ref­er­ence track for play­back, click on the wave­form to play back at that point, then punch the A/B but­ton to switch be­tween your DAW au­dio (A) and that ref­er­ence (B).

3 To match the cur­rent ref­er­ence track’s vol­ume to your DAW au­dio, man­u­ally ad­just its Gain value. Al­ter­na­tively, hit the Match but­ton and Met­ric will an­a­lyse lev­els and set a suit­able Gain value for you. As with Magic AB, you can place up to four Cue and Loop points per track.

4 Met­ric AB also of­fers visual anal­y­sis tools. Flip to the Spec­trum tab and hit Dual to com­pare your DAW mix (blue) to the cur­rent ref­er­ence song (or­ange). To iso­late spe­cific fre­quen­cies, choose a low-, band- or high-pass fil­ter, or pick one of five pre­set fil­ter ranges.

5 Over in the Stereo Image tab, we can com­pare our cur­rent mix’s stereo in­for­ma­tion to our ref­er­ence tracks’ width. In this case, our mix (blue) con­tains more stereo con­tent in the 1.5kHz to 100Hz re­gion than this ref­er­ence track – and our ears con­firm this.

6 To fin­ish, let’s pop open the Dy­nam­ics tab. We can see that, over time, our blue mix has a much higher dy­namic range than the or­ange ref­er­ence track – those large blue peaks oc­cur dur­ing sec­tions where our bassline’s fil­ter cut­off opens out. We can now fix this in the mix.

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