Nugen Audio has updated its MasterCheck Pro mastering software to version 1.5. The biggest additions are support for Apple’s AAC and native OS X codec, along with an update for the PSR (Peak to Short-Term Loudness Ratio) to AES Engineering Brief 373.
MasterCheck Pro lets producers and engineers preview how their mixes and masters will sound after the audio compression which occurs when uploading music to leading streaming services. Thus, it lets them make informed decisions during the mixing and mastering phases in order to tackle specific issues caused by compression, and have the end results sound as good as they possibly can.
Now that MasterCheck Pro supports Apple‘s AAC iTunes Plus native OS X codec, engineers mastering songs for iTunes can preview how their work will sound after being published on iTunes for sale – right within their DAW.
As for Nugen’s update to the AES Engineering Brief 373… that one’s a bit wiry to explain. In short, Nugen joined a panel of experts to create an engineering brief – that very same brief number 373. It’s a noble push towards moving away with maximizing loudness (crushing dynamics in result) as a means for songs to stand out, and onto the more sensible practice of optimizing micro-dynamics.
Overall, it’s a powerful update to a product that’s already residing in the arsenal of audio elites like Dave Pensado. It’s practically guaranteed to help streaming music sound the best it can by empowering mixing and mastering engineers with the means to truly understand them.
Price and availability
MasterCheck Pro 1.5 is available in 32- and 64-bit AAX, AU, VST, and VST3 formats for Mac (macOS 10.7 and above) and Windows (Vista and above). Nugen is selling the plug-in for GBP 126.00 | USD 199 | EUR 155.00. The prices don’t include VAT or sales tax.