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This powerful feature lets you normalize objects and audio files in accordance with EBU R128/ITU-R BS.1770/1771, which standardizes them for broadcasting on the radio or TV.
Dynamic limiting is now part of the loudness normalization dialog and enables the limiting of object dynamics in order to even out loudness variation within the audio material.
Loudness normalization can also be applied to the batch processing feature. This allows a large number of files to be adjusted to the target loudness value automatically.
The Watch Folder feature lets you monitor selected folders. New files added to the selected folder are also edited automatically (e.g. with loudness normalization). Batch processing can also be accessed through the command line.
This feature can be found in the "Edit" menu and calculates the loudness of the entire project or the selected range. The calculated values are displayed in a text dialog. This dialog also contains the option "Correct program loudness with master volume" which adjusts the volume using the stereo master or Surround master.
This function expands the sMax11 with a „True Peak“ function according to ITU-R BS.1770. This means that inter-sample peaks are also taken into account during the limiting of the signal so that the reconstruction of the audio material at the analog output does not clip or distort.
This feature calculates loudness values for all selected files. Sequoia will display a report. The feature can be opened by right-clicking on a file in the file manager.
In the compact display you can see the loudness value according to EBU R128 with colorized signalization when the value goes over or under the target. This display can be activated in the loudness settings.
Automatic loudness normalization for stereo audio export in DAVID DigAS and SCISYS dira! Highlander databases.
Under "Effects" > "Loudness" you can set the options for the loudness calculation for the file manager, for track bouncing and for database export. This is also where you set the save options for the loudness value in the XML protocol. XML files are created during exporting, bouncing, batch processing or calculating loudness values. They are named like audio files and contain separate data for stereo and Surround streams. During saving loudness values can also be written as BWF files which are compliant with EBU Tech 3285.
- No more limitations on the ordering of internal effects and VST plug-ins. Now you can change the order of the plug-ins any way you want (exception: Object AUX sends still remain in the last position).
- Internal effects can now be used multiple times per track/object (exceptions: EQ, dynamics, distortion, delay).
- The order of Surround effects can be changed. In this case, the plug-ins in the individual channels are always calculated before the Surround effects. Note: This new functionality is not compatible with the characteristics of older program versions.
For even more flexible routing during mixing: Sequoia 13 lets you easily add or remove additional outputs – you can also assign no outputs to a track. Moreover, you can also view and select multiple outputs directly in the routing manager.
Different tap points downstream of the volume control (post), upstream of the volume control (pre) or directly after the gain (direct out) make it easier to mix complex music productions.
- The object panorama feature now uses the same dialog as the track and AUX panner: Stereo Editor. This offers you extended panning options (Panning Law, Presets, Copy L->R, R->L).
- Phase inversion is now always calculated at the position of the Stereo Editor.
- Note: This new functionality is not compatible with the characteristics of older program versions.
- There are now two new panning modes at the track level - "2 Channel Panorama" and "2 Channel Volume" - in the Stereo Editor. If you use these modes, the automation option in the Stereo Editor is no longer available (the automation curve is deactivated).
- Invalid output and recording devices are no longer corrected when loaded. This allows the routing to multiple outputs to remain unchanged even when editing is performed on a workstation that doesn't have enough audio outputs.
The VST3 interface allows you to integrate plug-ins and instruments developed according to the new VST3 standard. VST3 makes it possible to infinitely automate various plug-in parameters exactly at the sample level and optimizes the allocation of individual channels.
- Track selection in the Spectral Cleaning dialog: You can now select which track to display and edit.
- Tracks can now be individually edited.
- Reference track: You can apply changes made to a track to all other selected tracks.
- Leave dialog open: You can also leave the dialog open following calculation.
- The "Close" button closes the dialog. Previous calculations are preserved, but can be undone in the project using the "Undo" feature.
- The "Enter" keyboard shortcut carries out the calculation. Depending on the settings you've chosen, the dialog will either close or remain open following the calculation.
- Export in broadcast wave files compliant with EBU Tech 3352
- The ISRCs are written into the wave file during export with the setting "Each CD track in a file".
- In the Broadcast Wave Manger the ISRCs of wave files are displayed and can be edited.
- After loading wave files into a mastering project (sequentially on the first track), CD indices that include the respective ISRC can be set automatically using the function "Set track indices on Object Edges". These are used for CD burning or DDP export of the project and don't need to be entered manually.
- During CD import as single wave files, the BWF-ISRC entry is simultaneously written into these files.
- ISRC display options in objects
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Under "Encoder preview" in the Master Plug-ins section, there is an encoder preview plug-in, which you can use during editing to preview projects that you plan to export as AAC or MP3 using the encoder settings.
You can change the export settings directly in the dialog window. During the mastering process you have the option of taking the idiosyncrasies of the encoder into account and adjusting the quality relative to the requirements (e.g. "Mastered for iTunes").