HHB provides ITV, Fox with Nugen Audio plug-ins

HHB Communications has supplied Nugen Audio plug-ins to ITV, Fox and National Geographic to help them comply with international loudness broadcast standards.

The company has also delivered similar solutions to audio post specialists Vaudeville and The Farm Group.

HHB’s audio post subsidiary Scrub recently provided ITV with a combination of 20-plus Nugen plug-in licences, including the Vis-LM Loudness Meter plug-in, Loudness Toolkit plug-in bundle and Complete Loudness bundle for its post production and Avid Media Composer suites in Media City, UK.

ITV London dubbing mixer Sam Wansborough is utilising the Vis LM-H for ITU-R BS.1770 compliance with 3s integration on promotional material for Channel 4, and for double-checking the overall meter readings for National Geographic programmes.

Wansborough commented: “Nugen plug-ins offer very accurate and clear feedback that makes it a lot easier to mix naturally to loudness, rather than reacting by trying to hit a target all the time. This level of detail allows you to accurately determine the parameters with clear resolution. Write enabling the meter readings into the automation lanes also helps to quickly and easily locate and identify problems.”

Simon Brett, director of operations for Fox International Channels UK relies on Nugen’s LM-Correct Loudness Correction plug-in extensively, both as a standalone application and within Media Composer and Pro Tools.

Brett explained: “We initially used LM-Correct to ensure compliance with EBU R128 for our short form ad and promo delivery. The recent adoption of EBU standards in the DPP specification has brought loudness to the forefront as an issue that needs to be addressed without taking up valuable time in an audio suite. Having the ability to export WAVs from Avid to correct via the standalone app or the RTAS plug-in has allowed us to ensure that we meet the DPP’s requirements. I have found the software to be reliable, accurate and a faster-than-real-time solution that has not added a significant increase in job duration.”

Meanwhile, Vaudeville uses the Nugen Loudness Toolkit on all of their systems. Managing director Daniel Jones added: “We have had Nugen plug-ins integrated into our session templates for the last couple of years and find them invaluable, go-to plug-ins that are effective and easy to use.”

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