Free Software Friday is our regular Friday feature here at the dBs blog. We dig the depths of the music production and media webosphere and discover what downloadable plugin freebies are worth double clicking each week.
If you've been looking for a clean, useful and free tool to help nail your masters before release then look no further, because Youlean's Loudness Meter 2 Free is just the ticket.
Right off the bat we should specify that in the free version of Loudness Meter there are some key things locked behind the paywall, but that's not to say that the free version isn't packed with useful features.
For starters, Loudness Meter comes with a selection of channel configurations and presets for different streaming platforms. Mono, stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 are all available in the free version, but Dolby Atmos is a pro-only feature. Similarly, you'll have access to a selection of presets for film, TV and gaming, but online streaming presets for things like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube etc. are pro-only.
But let's get onto the more important topic of what the free version does have. It's been rigorously tested and so provides an incredibly accurate on the true perceived loudness of your audio.
The analysis of your audio is broken down into six different readouts: Loudness, Integrated Loudness, True Peak, Loudness Range, Dynamic Range, Peak-Loudness Ratio. These metrics give a detailed and accurate view of your mix, which when paired with being able to review the history of the loudness graph and identify problem areas allow for greater control and understanding of your mix.
Loudness Meter 2 Free is available for Windows 7 or newer , macOS 10.9 or later (APP, VST2, VST3, AU, AAX, 32/64-bit) and can be downloaded for free using the link below.
FIND OUT MOREhttps://youlean.co/download-youlean-loudness-meter/
Interested in production, plugins and sound engineering? Why not take a look at our hugely popular music production and sound engineering courses?