Goodhertz released Loudness, a free loudness meter VST plugin for Windows and macOS.
This November has been a banner month for freebies, and we aren’t even halfway done with it yet. Black Friday still awaits!
While you might be among the few waiting on the latest freebie from Waves, don’t let this one pass you by!
This comes from the endlessly inventing folks at Goodhertz, famous for the fantastic Wulf compressor. The new plugin is called Loudness and does what it says on the tin!
But what is Goodhertz Loudness? Just a simple gain utility?
No, not in the least.
Instead, Loudness is a master suite of loudness metering tools that just happens to have a fader attached to it. Now, you’ll want to have a peak limiter handy when using this on buses, as you can quite readily slip into peaking with some ease.
However, once you get past all that, it appears to be a flexible and invaluable tool that looks at everything to do with loudness.
Your leftmost side of the interface is your target loudness, which can be displayed in LUFS, RMS, Peak, and True Peak values. You can use this quite literally on every single track of a mix. You’ve got a beautiful waveform in the center of the interface, along with loudness metering going along the side of it.
Below the waveform, you’ll find your momentary, short-term, and long-term values. Like the target loudness, these can display LUFS, RMS, Peak, and True Peak values.
This all comes together with the trim meter on the right side of the interface, allowing you to apply or reduce the gain as necessary. You can listen in on the delta to hear loudness changes as well.
Not only do you get all this functionality, but this can be applied to the stereo field to strike a fine balance in your material. I’ve had it installed and working on a punk rock mix all afternoon, and I’ve been wondering where this has been all my life!
I typically leaned on TrackMeter and TrackControl for these features previously. Having them all present in one handy tool is an absolute joy.
Loudness is available for Windows and Mac computers. It is part of the Goodhertz free series, meaning there’s no rush to snag it. You’ll want to grab it soon, though, at least if you like seeing what your audio is doing.
The plugin runs like an absolute champion on Apple Silicon as well. I tested it in sessions on Studio One, Reaper, and Logic Pro X and it did just fine in all three.
Download: Loudness (FREE)