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How do you deal with loud portions in your audio? You use a DAW, a digital audio workstation, to edit your song, and to lower the loudness to make sure your songs don’t become distorted, or unpleasant.
But, how do you find out the exact spots where the music is peaking at the decibels? Usually what sound engineers do, is listen to the audio, and manually make adjustments depending on what they hear. But this is not only a time consuming process, there is also a much bigger problem. There is always room for human errors, unintentional ones of course.
So, to make sure you end up with a perfect sound of music, you will be needing a proper dynamic measurement software to find out the maximum loudness of the audio. And that is what MAAT DRMeter is designed to do.
Let’s find out more about the application. First of all, MAAT DRMeter is not a standalone program, because it is a plugin for your DAW. This is great, because you don’t have to switch applications to use DRMeter. You can use it within your sound editing program’s interface.
By the way, DRMeter is the latest version of the former plugin called TT DR Meter. It is widely used by top selling artists, and is a popular choice among sound engineers. So you can understand how good it is.
You can use the plugin with one of the following DAWs: Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic, Nuendo, Pro Tools, Sequoia, Studio One, Wavelab. But it is not exactly limited to the mentioned programs. If you use a different sound editor, and it supports VST plugins, it will work with it too. We even tested the plugin with media players which support such plugins and it worked without any issues.
The MAAT DRMeter plugin is available in 4 formats during installation: AU, AAX, VST2 and VST3, all of which are installed in their 32-bit and 64-bit versions. This is so you can use whichever one you want depending on your sound editing program’s support for 32 or 64-bit plugins. When you install the plugin, you can choose to disable OpenGL and instead use hardware graphics acceleration.
There are three lines or graphs as you may want to call it, in the program. These are the meters which MAAT DRMeter uses to measure the dynamic range values in your audio. There are rulers on either side, which you can use for reference. But should you want a digital counter, you are in luck. DRMeter has three boxes on the top area of the interface, which are numerical fields representing the SPPM and Peak values.
These measure the dynamic range and the peak values of your song, in decibel levels (dB), in real-time, i.e., the plugin meters the values as your music is playing.
Similarly there are two numerical fields on the bottom of DRMeter’s interface, for measuring the sound output of the right and left channels, for the root mean square (RMS). These also work in real-ime, and in conjunction with the other meters, meter the dynamic range of the audio which is playing. The biggest advantage here is that you can manually analyze the song, to check where the loudness is at maximum level.
The program measures dynamic range from DR4 to DR14, using the dR integer system. So, when the value of the audio decibels relative to full scale, aka dBFS is near zero, the sample peak field will change color to red.
DR values differ from song to song, and even from format to format of the same song. And when it comes to music genres, the dynamic range differs greatly. By using the MAAT DRMeter to measure the DR value of your audio, you can edit the loudest parts of the song to ensure that it meets your genre’s standards.
If you wish to measure parts of a song for their DR values, or change to a different song and measure its DR value, you can make use of the button which is placed in the bottom left corner of the MAAT DRMeter interface, to reset the meters, and proceed with the metering process of the other song.
To the right of the reset button, is a Link button, which when enabled will combine or link the dynamic range of the audio from the left and right channels. This brings up the average dynamic range as a combined value, which is displayed on the top of the DRMeter GUI. Using this option does not reset the metering process, and as such you can enable or disable it when you need to.
Now, if you wish to create your own presets to be used with the program, you will find the Presets Pane useful. It is placed in the top right corner, and when enabled, brings a new pane to the right edge of the MAAT DRMeterr interface. You can use it to add or delete presets, as you want to, and when you are done with it, uncheck the box to disable the Presets Pane.
DRMeter has a companion application from MAAT, which is a standalone program designed to give you the exact dynamic range of songs. Depending on whether you want to measure the dynamic range in real time with the official values, or offline with accurate values, either application is good to work with.
Whether you want to edit your audio, or mix or master it, MAAT DRMeter is an excellent tool to add to your audio studio.
The MAAT DRMeter trial version can be used for two weeks for free, before you decide to buy the premium version of the plugin.