NUGEN Audio has announced availability of MasterCheck v18.104.22.168. They say that this update of its music streaming auditioning plug-in to include MP3 and SoundCloud support makes it the complete optimisation solution for today’s delivery services.
Here’s more details in NUGEN’s own words…
As a NUGEN Audio mainstay, MasterCheck optimises mixes for today’s delivery services, revealing problems ahead of time to enable its users to audition and deliver masters perfectly tuned for today’s playout systems — a plug-in providing the tools to make sure that music reaches the listener as intended, in other words. With the timely introduction of the v22.214.171.124 update, MasterCheck now includes an Opus preset for SoundCloud — the online audio distribution platform and music sharing website based in Berlin, Germany, that enables its users to upload, promote, and share audio — and also adds support for MP3, a coding format for digital audio.
“A SoundCloud preset was added so that SoundCloud content creators can use MasterCheck with the same ease and convenience as people creating content for Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and YouTube, etc.” So says NUGEN Audio Solutions Specialist Freddy Vinehill-Cliffe, before adding: “It’s effectively one click, rather than having to create a custom preset.” Prior to the v126.96.36.199 update, it was effectively ‘possible’ to use MasterCheck to monitor for SoundCloud, but because its settings were different to other superficially similar platforms — notably not applying any loudness normalisation — this was a comparatively painful process!
“MP3 has fallen out of favour in recent years, but it is still something that customers have frequently asked us to include in a MasterCheck update,” Freddy Vinehill-Cliffe continues. “The majority of online radio stations still use MP3 codecs, so this new support is really useful for anyone mastering a track that might end up on Internet radio.”
Pricing and Availability:
v188.8.131.52 is a recommended free update for all existing owners of MasterCheck — also available to purchase (as a 32- and 64-bit-supporting AAX-, AU-, VST-, and VST3-compatible plug-in) for Mac (OS X 10.7 and above) and Windows (Vista and above) directly from NUGEN Audio for a time-limited introductory promo price of $149.00 USD until August 22, 2019, rising thereafter to $199.00 USD.