There are so many factors that come into play when mixing down a song. With the plethora of metering plugins and processors available at your fingertips, the problem isn't getting the right tools to use; it's making sense of what your plugins are actually telling you. Add in complications with the acoustics in your studio and you've got a world of problems awaiting you as soon as you step out the room.
Thankfully, the brilliant minds at 29 Palms and Mastering The Mix have created an all in one solution to finding exactly what should be done to create a bossing mix-down. Levels is an all-in-one metering tool which analyses Headroom, Stereo Field, Dynamic Range and Bass Space and gives the user a visual representation of the sound.
What makes this tool extremely powerful is, when you do hit those danger zones, you get a warning on the UI itself; letting you know that something's wrong and where exactly the problem lies. So, you don't need to faff around searching through everything to find your missing piece; the Levels plugin will let you know exactly what it is you need to fix.
Mono and left / right speaker select.
True Peak meter.
Sample Peak Programme meter.
EBU R128 compliant integrated and short term LUFS meters.
Low pass filter on vectorscope to visualise low frequencies.
Dynamic Range display based on reliable Short Term LUFS to peak ratio.
Bass Space section that identifies if any channels are outputting unwanted low frequencies.
Presets and adjustable settings.
While some might argue that this is a bit of a cheat as engineers spend years fine-tuning their ears to dig out those tiny problems, this plugin can actually train your ear to what should sound right in your mix. At £69/R1333, this plugin might save you hours of sweat and tears and could save a few mixes you are unsure of too. The free trial is available from Mastering The Mix's website and is definitely worth a try!