Overall: 161 127 160
30-Day: 255; 7-Day: 238; Yesterday: 237
Youlean Loudness Meter 2 is a successor of original loudness meter plugin that was KVR Developer Challenge 2016 winner.
It is available as standalone application, VST2, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin formats. Supports Windows and macOS.
There are 2 versions:
A/B save states.
Drag & drop analysis.
I love this plugin. I use it for every master I got.
(Also for gain matching and compensation of different tracks when mixing).
But there is one thing which so unbelievably annoys me every time I'm using it:
I use the plugin only for the meters to the left (without the histogram) and like to use it in vertical mode (that is: 'Histogram graph - OFF' in the view settings), pinning it to one side of my screen. In this way I can always look at the meteres on the fly, without wasting any space unnessary and have the place empty for my DAW and other plugins.
Now, the problem is that every f***ing time I initiate one instance of YLM2, I need to switch back over to the settings at the very top left corner, click on the switch to disable the histogram view and again close the view settings.
Why can't the plugin remember that state or have a preset with my preferred visuals?
A great plugin, but that is absolutely worth for me to take one star away from a 5/5 review.
My to-go loudness measurement tool. It is accurate, well designed, gives the best and most needed visual feedback and makes mixing fun! It even lets me export the loudness and dynamic range into a fancy PDF file - nice! I recommend it 100% - even the pro version, to at least support the dev, which would be well deserved. By the way: dev replies to feedback (any issues or FRs) quite fast. Thanks for this tool and that support!! (=.
Edit: After reading a feedback here: to me it is completely unfair to downrate this plugin, only because there might be buttons ghreyed out for the pro-version. 1. There is at least a free usable loudness meter version of it in the end (most loudness meters aren't free at all - I can just think of Meldaproduction - or are even quite expensive anyway ...) and 2. The pro-price is not even expensive at all AND includes lifetime free updates. As a professional in this area I call this small price almost "a gift to the users", like it did not cost anything at all ... (-;
... so please: especially keeping in mind that there is a free version, which just does its job (!!) and respecting that this tool is made by a single developer, I'd say it's just fair to not be bothered by greyed out buttons in a free version.Read Review
Quick and easy LUFS meter with smooth visuals and many options for customizations. Good functionality, good price.
The drag and drop plus export feature is a nice addition that allows for very fast checks and comparisons of previous songs.Read Review
One of the two most accurate LUFS meters and this one is much more affordable. I've been recommending it to anyone concerned without loudness targeting.Read Review
This new free version is cluttered with ghosted buttons that are unusable and making a mess of things.
I understand you maybe learnt some bad business habits from other developers you met from the winnings last time, but it's far too intrusive in this manner... ONE upgrade button would suffice, instead of leaving all the ghosted options in the way. Unfortunately it feels less about mixing, and more about avoiding buttons this time around... Big step down in usability for me.Read Review