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TC Electronic Adds Automatic Saving of Logfiles to Its Hardware Loudness Radar Meters
TC Electronic has announced that brand new features have been added to its hardware units that support the LM6 and LM2 Loudness Radar Meters and the TC Icon control software (DB6, DB4 MKII, DB8 MKII, System 6000 MKII and LM2).
The user is now allowed to decide on a time interval from one hour to one week at which the logging data will be saved and organized for easy access and future reference. Units are simply connected via Ethernet to a PC or Mac running TC Icon software that will pull the data automatically and save it in a folder specified by the user.
The TC Icon software is a clever remote control application that allows for controlling and auto-logging from a vast number of units. However, auto-logging is not the only new feature in the TC Icon v7 update.
Loudness Range (LRA) quantifies loudness variations inside a program or a music track, but LRA isn't very sensitive to transient limiting and clipping happening as a result of the loudness wars in commercials and music production.
Peak to Loudness Ratio (PLR) is a more appropriate measure of such squashing, which has an adverse effect on clarity, intelligibility and audio quality at large. Besides from its educational value, PLR is also relevant when tailoring a track or a program to a certain amount of downstream headroom. For instance, ATSC A/85 and EBU R128 provide 22 dB of headroom, while Sound Check in iTunes offers 16 dB of headroom.
Lowering PLR further only destroys audio quality without gaining loudness on any modern platform, so users are highly recommended to keep an eye on this crucial reading and save their next recording for generations to come.
30th October 2013
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