Sound designer, re-recording mixer and partner at Panela Productions – Marcelo Cyro and his team were recently given the task of mixing Netflix’s Super Drags, the first show in South America to use Dolby Atmos, using NUGEN Audio’s NUGEN Post bundle to control the consistency of the mix.
“Mixing in Dolby Atmos for broadcast within the loudness parameters was challenging because we needed to not only learn how to use the new technology but to use it within Netflix’s specifications of an original production,” said Cyro. “After trying so many things, I found the solution within NUGEN’s ISL True Peak limiter. After using it, my mix just worked without having any other issues. It allowed me to take care of the sound and to help the story without worrying if it is in -10 dB True Peak.”
The ISL True Peak limiter is a significant part of Cyro’s mix: “I use it in my auxes (effects, foleys, dialog and music) to avoid peaks and protect the speakers,” he added. “What is great about ISL is that you don’t lose the low end like you do with so many other compressors. It’s also very fast when you have a huge transient effect. It is necessary to use loudness/True Peak parameters in Dolby Atmos and I use it on every object. It does a really good job.”
Cyro also uses NUGEN’s VisLM loudness meter in his work, as well as NUGEN Halo Upmix to create a coherent spatial upmix from 2.0 to 5.1 or higher, allowing the music to sit nicely within a surround mix. Halo Downmix also allows Cyro to fine-tune a reference mix for clients who may be listening to a surround project on stereo speakers.
“NUGEN is an incredibly helpful and welcome part of my workflow and my mix template,” Cyro remarked. “NUGEN’s plug-ins are very simple to use and it’s easy to see what’s going on and what sounds good. They are extremely transparent and intuitive, which is necessary for audio post production.”