There are plenty of ways to keep your levels and loudness in check. When your DAW’s built-in metering doesn’t quite cut it for your needs, you need a professional metering suite. A new one on offer is Fennek, made by German developer Zplane. It’s reasonably priced for what it is, and it does all kinds of surround sound. A serious piece of kit!
Zplane Fennek loudness and metering suite
Fennek keeps your loudness and peaks in check using a customizable interface and a useful loudness history view. The interface can be freely resized and lets you switch modules on and off. The latter shows loudness over time with several choices for visualised information. Fennek supports industry-standard peak and loudness metering and all types of audio mixes, including surround up to 7.1.2. A preset bank helps you get started with the appropriate metering for your material. You can also export highly detailed loudness reports for your audio – something tells me you probably won’t be sharing these on your Facebook feed.
While Fennek is quite easy to get around with the provided presets and informative visuals, it seems geared for pros. The metering options and amount of information may be excessive for casual producers and content creators. Fennek is what I’d use if I were to deliver a fine-tuned master that will stand up to extreme scrutiny.
Price and availability
Fennek costs EUR 119 and is available in standalone, VST, VST3, AU, and AAX formats for Windows 10 / macOS 10.15 or later. A free demo version can be downloaded from the Zplane website, along with the user manual.