Equalizer APO

A few months ago I ran into a Windows program called Equalizer APO (beta)  while I was searching on the Internet for a Windows counterpart of the OS X based program Audio Hijack 3.

Equalizer APO is a parametric / graphic equalizer for Windows. It is implemented as an Audio Processing Object (APO) for the system effect infrastructure introduced with Windows Vista.
(APIs like ASIO or WASAPI exclusive mode can not be used)

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Dynamic Range Meter

A couple of months ago I’ve found a very interesting website which fights against the loudness war; Dynamic Range Database.

dr-meter-windowsThe Dynamic Range Database uses a sliding scale from 1 to 20 (1 being the worst, 20 being the best) to rank the dynamic quality of each of the recordings they list. This number represents the difference between the peak decibel level on a recording and the recording’s average loudness.

Dynamic Range Database applies the following descriptors to these ranges:
1-7=bad; 8-13=transition; and 14-20=good.

Evaluation for each album on the website includes the album’s average dynamic range, the track with the weakest dynamic range, and the track with the greatest. The Dynamic Range Database also provides individual dynamic range measurements for each track on the album. Below on this page you find three free downloads to test your own collection of CDs, DVDs, LPs or your music files. You can also share and add your results to the Dynamic Range Database by simply fill in the form and upload your data. Continue reading Dynamic Range Meter

Dynamic Range Meter (Mac)

Dynamic Range Meter (Mac)

dr-meter-windowsSimply allowing for peak headroom during CD mastering will lead to a significant improvement of sound quality with “normal” consumer playback devices, MP3 data compression formats, and with radio broadcasts.

Measurement and display of the Dynamic Rangeas well as splitting the dynamics into whole number values is not without complexity, as we have discovered through the research and development stages of finding this solution.

Dynamic Range Meter (Windows)

Dynamic Range Meter (Windows)

dr-meter-windowsSimply allowing for peak headroom during CD mastering will lead to a significant improvement of sound quality with “normal” consumer playback devices, MP3 data compression formats, and with radio broadcasts.

Measurement and display of the Dynamic Rangeas well as splitting the dynamics into whole number values is not without complexity, as we have discovered through the research and development stages of finding this solution.

Dynamic Range Meter (foobar2000 plugin)

Dynamic Range Meter (foobar2000 plugin)

dr-meter-windowsSimply allowing for peak headroom during CD mastering will lead to a significant improvement of sound quality with “normal” consumer playback devices, MP3 data compression formats, and with radio broadcasts.

Measurement and display of the Dynamic Rangeas well as splitting the dynamics into whole number values is not without complexity, as we have discovered through the research and development stages of finding this solution.

Review: Stage Accompany M57, Russia

Below a piece of ASCII of a Russian review I’ve found on the Internet of the SA M57 Studio Monitor.
Dated: August 2010

Stage Accompany – That’s How Music Should Sound!

sa-m57-ruHere I will tell you about my experience of listening Stage Accompany acoustic system. The history, components and its revolutionary technology you can see on website www.stageaccompany.com.

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Review: Stage Accompany M57, Germany

Below a piece of ASCII of a review I found in the SA archives of the SA M57 Studio Monitor.
Dated: November 1998.

Sonderdruck aus: Production Partner 11/98

Stage Accompany M57 Studio-Monitore

sa-m57Aus der niederländischen High-Tech-Schmiede für edle Audioprodukte kam unlängst das neueste Produkt der Master Series in die PRODUCTION PARTNER-Meß- und Hörräume. Als zweitgrößter Studio-Monitor aus dem Hause Stage Accompany fällt das 100 kg schwere Aktiv-/Passivsystem auf jeden Fall in die Kategorie der Hauptabhören für mittlere und große Studios.

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Review: Stage Accompany M57, The Netherlands

Below a piece of ASCII of a review of the SA M57 Studio Monitor which I wrote under the nickname “Webbie” at the SA-Vintage forum.
Dated: November 04, 2012.

Review: Stage Accompany, M57 Studio Monitor

Stage Accompany M57 and DS50 combo
Stage Accompany M57 and DS50 combo

Finally at last I’ve got the change to listen to a set of Stage Accompany M57 studio monitors (in combination with the new Stage Accompany DS50’s from the SA Digital Series). This was the first time the M57’s were used with DS50 digital amps.

Because other people were also anxious about the M57 and the DS50 I’ve invited them to a listen session in a restaurant called “Pegasus” at Ridderkerk (same Dutch town as the residence of Stage Accompany).
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