TC Electronic’s LM1n measures loudness using the exact same algorithm as it’s bigger brothers, the LM2n and LM6n, which we featured recently. The LM1n displays the key numbers for Program Loudness (I) and either Loudness Range (LRA), Max Momentary Loudness (M), Max Short Term Loudness (S) or Sliding Loudness (10 Sec) as well as True-Peak clipping. TC Electronic developed the LM1n as a simpler solution for those who have found that they sometimes need to deliver content that complies with a certain broadcast standard, including outside broadcast production workflows.
The advantages of the LM1n is that it doesn’t take up much screen real estate, as you can see the comparison between the LM1n, LM2n normal size and the LM2n Big display. The LM1n’s simpler display also makes it ideal for multi-skilled staff and for use in other sectors like mastering for music streaming and albums.
In this tutorial video Mike covers how to use the baby in the TC Electronic plug-in loudness metering family - the LM1n showing how to use the LM1n in CD and album mastering workflows. As part of the process of assembling an album, the mastering engineer will adjust the relative loudness of each track so that when the album is played as a whole, the listener doesn’t have to adjust their volume control because some tracks are too loud whilst others are too quiet. Now with a loudness meter like the LM1n on the CD Master preset, you can run each track through the LM1n and get a quantitative measurement of the loudness of each track. To make this even easier and quicker it is possible to use the LM1n is a non-real-time mode. For example, in Pro Tools, you can use the AudioSuite version of the LM1n to analyse the clip in non-real-time.
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Want To Know More About Loudness Workflows?
Around the world especially in the broadcast audio sector there has been a change taking place from working to peak audio levels and normalising to peak level to measuring and normalising to the new loudness specifications.
In just over 1 hour Mike Thornton helps you understand how the loudness standards affect you and the clients you work for. Mike has been delivering loudness training courses to broadcasters in the UK, Europe and further afield and with this tutorial series you too can benefit from his expertise in 5 lessons delivered to your computer, tablet or other compatible devices including iPhone, iPad, AppleTV (via AirPlay), your Computer, Android Phones and Tablets running Android OS KitKat (version 4.3) or higher & Google Chrome, and ChromeCast.
Who is this course for?
Anyone working with the new loudness workflows and needing to produce content to be compliant with the new loudness delivery specifications like ATSC A/85 for the US and Canada and EBU R128 for Europe. This can be live audio mixers, audio post production editors and mixers, compliance teams, video editors, anyone working in the delivery of broadcast content.
What does the course cover?
In this series we cover the history of metering, how the new loudness standard has been developed and that the different delivery specifications around the world are all based on that one standard. We show how to calibrate your monitor speakers, which is an essential part of mixing to loudness, before moving onto some tips and tricks on how to mix to comply with the new loudness standard and delivery specifications.
How Much Does This Tutorial Series Cost?
It is available for rent for one year for $49.99 - Watch as often as you like.
This video tutorial series is in 5 chapters.
1. An introduction to Loudness
In this free video as an introduction to Mike's tutorial series on Loudness, we ask why we need loudness? Why can’t we carry on doing what we do? Everything is fine surely? Well perhaps not. Loudness related issues represent significant numbers of complaints for all broadcasters. Add to that, our production and transmission workflows are changing, becoming digital from end to end and the need for higher productivity means more multi-skilled staff producing content from conception to transmission.
2. Why Do We Need Loudness?
In this chapter we will clarify what we mean by loudness, investigate how our hearing works, why we are changing our metering systems, and the solution to jumps in loudness that consumers complain so much about.
3. The Development Of One Loudness Standard
In this chapter we explore how we arrived at a loudness measurement algorithm that works just like our ears, as well as the various criteria we use to define and guide us when working to the new loudness delivery specifications. We cover K Weighting, Momentary, Short Term and Integrated loudness as well as what is True Peak and Loudness Range.
4. How To Calibrate Your Monitors
How to calibrate your monitors is a key part of delivering loudness compliant content. In this chapter we are going to briefly look at how our monitoring should be configured, an explanation of bass management and what your sub should be doing, before moving onto a practical demonstration of how to calibrate your monitoring with a sound pressure meter.
5. How To Mix For Loudness
In this final chapter we share some tips and tricks for mixing to the new loudness standards, for a wide variety of genres. We include examples and demonstrations as well as explain the importance of what Mike describes as loudness planning, before ending with some specific tips and tricks for mixing short form content like adverts and promos.