NUGEN Audio at AES San Francisco 2012, Exhibiting at Booth 512
NUGEN Audio’s New ISL True-Peak
Helps Producers Ensure Music Is ‘Mastered for iTunes®’
LEEDS, U.K. — Oct. 18, 2012 — NUGEN Audio, creator of intuitive tools
for audio professionals, has launched ISL, an intersample true-peak
limiter that helps music producers avoid introducing distortion into
the sound when encoding audio files to compressed-audio formats.
Creating cleaner compressed files is an important consideration when
looking to achieve “mastered for iTunes®” status. This status is a
quality indicator that is rapidly becoming the recommended practice in
the industry and is a recognized factor in getting exposure for an
artist or piece of music.
Most music is compressed using lossy codecs such as MP3 and AAC, which
are prone to introducing distortion if intersample peaks are present in
the original uncompressed audio. ISL is a groundbreaking limiter that
enables music producers to address intersample clipping directly.
Unlike traditional peak limiters, ISL measures and corrects for
intersample levels, protecting against distortion that can be
introduced when codecs such as MP3 and AAC are applied downstream.
“There is growing acceptance that intersample clipping causes problems
with codecs, but it’s a relatively new notion, which is why there are
so few tools to help,” said Jon Schorah, creative director of NUGEN
Audio. “If your music is going to end up as an MP3 file or on iTunes,
you need to measure and avoid intersample clipping, and that requires
the right tools for the job. ISL eliminates the need for iterative
processing to try and hit the mark.”
ISL gives producers complete control over peak levels in audio signals
from mono to 5.1 by allowing the user to set the true-peak limit rather
than the traditional threshold at which limiting begins. Like all NUGEN
Audio tools, ISL is intuitive to use and lets audio professionals mix
with their ears, leaving the limiter to detect and eliminate potential
problems. Designed for the transparent limiting of relatively dynamic
high-quality audio, ISL can also be used to hard-limit and reduce
dynamic range where required.
Using the standardized true-peak algorithms of ITU-R B.S. 1770 and
related standards, ISL features comprehensive dBTP metering, adjustable
channel linking, support for audio formats from mono to 5.1, adjustable
ballistics, color splits, and peak indicators.
ISL is RTAS/AudioSuite/AU/VST-compatible and available in 32-bit and
64-bit versions for OS X® and Windows® at $249.
More information about ISL and other NUGEN Audio products is available
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About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio creates innovative, intuitive professional audio tools for
high-end music producers, post-production engineers, and broadcasters.
Reflecting the real-world production experience of the design team, the
company’s products make it easier to deliver better quality, save time,
and reduce costs. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness
metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top
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