The RTW Loudness Tools Masterclass PlugIn is the first in a series of plugins. It is fully compliant with the EBU R128 loudness standard as well as SPL, ITU-R BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85 and ARIB, making it ideal for audio and video engineers, radio producers and musicians. It is also a handy tool for quality control as it offers the precision and ease of use required to ensure compliance. Operation of the plug-in is highly intuitive, so that users without a great deal of experience in monitoring loudness can use it effectively.
The RTW Loudness Tools supports all standard sampling rates up to 96 kHz and offers plug-in operation in mono, stereo and surround formats (eight channels maximum). It includes RTW’s Peak Program Meter, TruePeak, and Spot Correlator instruments and also includes all common loudness formats plus MagicLRA and an SPL view.
The user interface of the plug-in is based on the award-winning RTW TouchMonitor TM7 and TM9 units, and provides the same degree of functionality and clarity as the hardware models. The loudness measurement tools are shown in a graphical/numerical format as well as bargraph views, and can be freely rearranged and scaled. Various function parameters, such as integration time, operational range and tolerance, along with a number of viewing options for metering data and scales, offer extra flexibility. The plug-in window dimensions can be set to the inherent resolution of RTW TouchMonitor display screens, including 480×272, 800×480, 1024×800 (landscape view) or 272×480, 480×800, 800×1024 (portrait view). Users can store all setups and layouts as presets in their DAWs.
The RTW Loudness Tools Masterclass PlugIns require Windows 7/8 (32-bit or 64-bit) or Mac OS 10.6 or higher. RTW will first make them available in the VST 2.4 format for Windows systems and the RTAS format for Mac OS. VST, RTAS and native AAX64 support on the two platforms will follow. PACE anti-piracy and iLok USB copy-protection dongle are used for handling license management and plug-in activation. On an authorised computer, users can use unlimited RTW Loudness Tools instances.