Review: Bute Loudness Suite, Review by StrongMocha
Thorsten Meyer at StrongMocha reviews Bute Loudness Suite by Signum Audio. I got to this article through another article from Thorsten, The Loudness War in 2022: 70 Years of Audio Confusion. In the article, he talks about how music is sometimes earsplitting and the dynamics are all but lost in the mix. He also talks about broadcasting, along with Netflix and Amazon Prime, and loudness management. It’s important to hear the dialog over the music and sound effects, after all!
In the review for Bute Loudness Suite, he talks about how this suite qualifies you for the loudness war. The suite gives you the tools to adjust the loudness, depending on where you want to publish the track. It will help you to be compliant with the standard, no matter where you’re publishing. He really knows his stuff and I like his style of writing.
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In the article, he takes you through installation and the interface, explaining the graphs. About the loudness graph:
The loudness graph is one of the most useful features of the interface. It shows you at a glance how your mixes are progressing, and it also allows you to make fine adjustments to the levels of individual tracks.
The best thing about it is that it uses an automatic re-metering system, so you don’t have to keep adjusting the levels manually. You can even set alerts for particular audio events, such as true peak levels or thresholds of short-term loudness. This means that you can make sure that your mixes are always sounding their best, without having to worry about making mistakes.Thorsten Meyer, StrongMocha
He gives the suite a four out of five stars, in the end, citing the intuitive interface, the ease of getting started, and the ability to adjust the sound floor. I should note that this review is from 2018, but it’s a very thoughtful and well-written review. If anything, the product has been improved over the last few years.
Smart, pro-audio loudness toolkit.
Ensure your audio is optimized with respect to broadcasting or streaming loudness standards which are included as presets. This toolkit includes all Signum Audio’s BUTE products with a True Peak limiting feature built into the core meter plugin.
A smart, integrated loudness metering and limiting toolkit for broadcasting, post, and game audio with a feature-rich, yet clean, user interface offering full interactivity and scalability.
Get your audio files loudness-ready for broadcasting or streaming platforms in just a few clicks
BUTE Loudness Normaliser is a cross-platform application which assists the final checks of the mastering journey. With our automated solution, you can rest assured your audio is loudness-ready for broadcasting or streaming in just a few clicks, and won’t be altered or rejected.
Our advanced metering algorithm has been optimised to deliver superior sound quality and accurate results. The integrated True Peak limiter helps ensure there are no overshoots getting through, whilst still normalising to target. Our novel limiting algorithm also provides absolute transparency. Due to our approach, the relative dynamics of your audio will be affected as little as possible and you’ll be left with consistent, compliant masters of your audio files every single time.
Posted by Michele Yamazaki