CONVERT-2 Meter: Easy and Powerful for Mastering, Mixing, Tracking
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In this video we’re going to
take a look at the custom LED meter on
the Convert-2. If you’re not already familiar
with the Dangerous Convert-2, check out this overview
video that we did, here. This custom meter was
specifically designed for the Convert-2. Aside from looking great,
it’s got some really awesome features that you will
want to know about. One of the most important
features is the peak-over-average function. This means that you can
see your RMS level and your peak level, all
at the same time. If I play a track,
you can see that these green and orange segments show my RMS level, where this red LED
up here is showing my peak level. Not only is it like having two meters in one, but since we all have to
participate in the loudness war,
this is the ideal meter for trying to get loud tracks
without clipping. Speaking of clipping,
if you take a look at the edge of the meter,
over here, there’s a section called
‘Over’. This is another custom
feature that we implemented. Every time you have
3 consecutive samples that cross the zero point, this indicator will light up
orange for about half a second. If you’re wondering why
we choose 3 samples it’s because that’s the
maximum number that a CD pressing plant
will allow. It also tells you
you’re close to audible distortion. So why does the lower
half of the meter change from green to orange? Well, that’s another useful
feature that we came up with. The point at which the
color changes marks the calibration level
of the Convert-2. What’s even cooler is
that if I was to change the calibration, the meter will change
accordingly. Now with the Convert-2
you can change calibration with the touch
of a button. So, now I am at -18 and the meter turns from
green to orange at -18. If I change my calibration
here to -14, the meter will change from
green to orange at -14. One more thing I’d like
to point out, here: If you look closely
you can see that the top 6dB of the meter have
a wider scale from the rest. Each of these segments
represents half a dB. So you can get really
precise with your levels. It’s a really powerful tool
for mixing and mastering. Here’s another useful trick: The Convert-2 has multiple
digital inputs. And the meter follows any
input that you select. So if I switch between
2 different inputs, I can compare the
Peak and RMS levels. Now, there’s two reasons you
might wanna do this: The first would be comparing your track to a reference track,
so that you can see how your Peak
and RMS levels are stacking up to your reference. The other reason you might
wanna do that is to compare your
mastered track to your unmastered track to see if you are actually
improving perceived loudness. I’ll give you a quick example
of that. On this input I have my
uncompressed track, And on this input I have
my compressed track. As I switch between them,
I can see the differences in Peak and RMS
levels reflected on the meter. That sums up the Convert-2 meter. If you have any question or
need help with any of your Dangerous products, feel free to email us at:
[email protected]

2 thoughts on “CONVERT-2 Meter: Easy and Powerful for Mastering, Mixing, Tracking

  1. "Since we all have to participate in the loudness war, this makes it easier to get the loudest recording" = "Since we all let the music business ruin our trade for us and music for everyone else, this makes it easier to create bad music faster".

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