According to MAAT (which stands for "Mastering Academy Audio Tools”), DRMeter MkII is a cross platform plug–in that introduces several new features for loudness measurement, designed to boost productivity and reduce “Must Hit Target Loudness” distractions. The company says it also increases an engineer’s awareness of the limitations and requirements for loudness normalized content distribution.
Available for all major DAWs, DRMeter MkII follows on the success of MAAT’s original DRMeter, trying to integrated all tools needed for audio engineers working in all audio industries and applications. Measurement methods have been expanded to include all international Loudness metrics, as well as MAAT’s own DR Dynamic Range ad hoc standard for judging “dynamic density,” the amount of dynamic contrast in a recording.
"DRMeter MkII is the first Loudness meter that combines high accuracy R128 and A/85 conformance with elements crafted expressly for music creation. It is the only Loudness meter that displays channel–specific trends by augmenting EBU–mandated monaural measurements with classic L/R metering for Max. Short Term, Max. Momentary and True Peak, to identify trends and channel–specific issues without the need for an additional meter. It is also the first plug–in to offer both the emerging PSR metric, Sample Peak–to–Short–term Loudness Ratio, and official DRi, integrated DR formerly available only in MAAT’s DROffline batch measurement utility," the company states.
Responding to the needs of audio professionals working in a multi-platform environment, DRMeter MkII introduces the Dynamic Deviation concept, which addresses loudness management when mixing and mastering for different loudness–normalized distribution platforms from Spotify through Apple Music to YouTube. In addition, DRMeter MkII introduces DualVu, displaying both relative and absolute scales simultaneously so the users is less hindered by adherence to a loudness target.
"The comprehensive DRMeter MkII makes all aspects of Loudness tangible and easy to understand, while a round trip MfiT (Mastered for iTunes) monitoring and metering feature eases seamless leveling for streaming music delivery. Multiple metering modes are visible simultaneously, and presets for all major streaming services and broadcast standards highlight the extensive feature mix," MAAT explains.
MAAT Co–founder and CEO Friedemann Tischmeyer has long considered the quandary of paying attention to loudness without slavishly following distracting visuals or letting some automated process act as an automatic gain control. “We’ve brought fresh new thinking to Loudness measurement by removing some of the cognitive barriers to creativity. Our one plug–in does it all with easy to understand, intuitive Loudness metering for every engineer, regardless of what job walks in the door. DRMeter MkII truly is the one meter for all of us.”
DRMeter MkII is available from MAAT and select pro audio distributors for $129 USD.