Nugen Audio has announced the launch of three new versions of its ISL 2 true peak limiter, developed in response to industry requirements for the delivery of content compliant with loudness normalisation.
These include ISL 2st and ISL 2st DSP, designed specifically for music production and other applications that require only mono or stereo content, and ISL 2 DSP to boost system power and streamline workflows for Avid Pro Tools HDX users requiring full 5.1 and 7.1 functionality.
"Online platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, DAB radio, YouTube, and others have all recently begun normalising content loudness. True peak compliance is essential in preparing all audio for loudness normalisation because it prevents the distortion that often results from the codec conversions required to deliver audio on online platforms," said Jon Schorah, creative director at Nugen Audio.
"By offering an expanded range of choices for true peak limiting in music, television, and film production, Nugen Audio is reinforcing its leadership position in the industry-critical area of loudness management. For producers, the net result is unprecedented efficiency in loudness workflows – and end users benefit from a significant increase in audio quality and dynamics."
Nugen Audio's new stereo-only ISL 2st true peak limiter was developed in response to fast-growing demand for a robust, transparent solution from the company's pro music production clients.
The new version of ISL 2st for AAX DSP was designed specifically for users of Avid Pro Tools HDX who only require mono or stereo capabilities. With ISL 2st DSP, mix and mastering professionals can outsource true peak demands to Avid's hardware system and utilise the capabilities of Pro Tools HDX. ISL 2 DSP promises to enable professionals to harness the full performance of the Pro Tools HDX system for control of audio in post-production and broadcast.
These expanded options are designed to cater to the requirements of a broader range of audio professionals, eliminating the need to deliberately increase headroom or second-guess traditional sample peak limiters. Operators can ensure total loudness compliance without downstream distortion being introduced into the signal by lossy codecs, Nugen says. With ISL 2 DSP on the master bus, users can "set and forget" with the assurance of transparent true peak compliance at all times, while utilising the power and efficiency of AAX DSP.
"With the new stereo-only versions of our award-winning ISL 2 true peak limiter, more music professionals will be able to access world-class limiting and unparalleled transparency and control, while ensuring true peak compliance to eliminate nasty downstream surprises for their listeners," Schorah added. "In the AAX DSP version of ISL 2, the extra capabilities of Pro Tools HDX are a perfect match for our true peak limiting technology, and the extra horsepower means that highly transparent 5.1 and 7.1 true peak limiting is now possible with even greater ease and efficiency."
ISL 2st is seen as an ideal complement to Nugen Audio’s MasterCheck normalisation plug-in. For the month of July, Nugen Audio will offer an introductory price on the MasterCheck and ISL 2st bundle of $199 – a $50 savings on regular bundle pricing.
ISL 2st, ISL 2st DSP, and ISL 2 DSP are all currently available at an introductory price of $99, $199, and $299 respectively until 31 July 2015.