NUGEN Audio Introduces SoundCloud and MP3 Optimization Options with MasterCheck Plug-In Update

July 22 2019, 00:10
Nugen Audio announced availability of the MasterCheck v1.7.0.1 update to its music streaming auditioning plug-in, which now includes MP3 and SoundCloud support. MasterCheck optimizes mixes for today’s delivery services, revealing problems ahead of time, and providing the tools that enable its users to audition and deliver masters that will reach the listener as intended.

With the introduction of the v1.7.0.1 update, MasterCheck now includes an Opus preset for SoundCloud — the online audio distribution platform and music sharing website based in Berlin, Germany, that enables its users to upload, promote, and share audio. The update also adds support for MP3. Although the coding format is now officially no longer supported and has been discontinued by its creators (replaced by higher-quality, exponentially more efficient codecs), it’s still used for free and low-quality delivery services.

“A SoundCloud preset was added so that SoundCloud content creators can use MasterCheck with the same ease and convenience as people creating content for Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and YouTube, etc.” So says Nugen Audio Solutions Specialist Freddy Vinehill-Cliffe, before adding: “It’s effectively one click, rather than having to create a custom preset.” Prior to the v1.7.0.1 update, it was effectively ‘possible’ to use MasterCheck to monitor for SoundCloud, but because its settings were different to other superficially similar platforms — notably not applying any loudness normalization — this was a comparatively painful process!

“MP3 has fallen out of favor in recent years, but it is still something that customers have frequently asked us to include in a MasterCheck update,” Freddy Vinehill-Cliffe continues. “The majority of online radio stations still use MP3 codecs, so this new support is really useful for anyone mastering a track that might end up on Internet radio.”

v1.7.0.1 is a recommended free update for all existing owners of MasterCheck — also available to purchase (as a 32- and 64-bit-supporting AAX-, AU-, VST-, and VST3-compatible plug-in) for Mac (OS X 10.7 and above) and Windows (Vista and above) directly from Nugen Audio for a time-limited introductory promo price of $149.00 USD until August 22, 2019, rising thereafter to $199.00 USD. 

For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated MasterCheck webpage here:
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