MixChecker: What is it, how was it made and who is it for?
Perfect tool for better sounding mix across all devices
All of us strive to get the best out of our mixes. We spend hours and hours sitting in front of our beloved monitors - tweaking, listening, changing, tweaking plugins, listening, and tweaking some more. After a few days (and often nights) spent mixing and squeezing every bit of possibilities to get a better-sounding mix, you are finally (at least to an extent) happy with it. You then do the reference testing – play it on your phone, TV, in your car, at your Hi-Fi speakers at home – and realize: "Oh, this doesn't sound as good now!". Some instruments are muddy, indistinct, or simply not loud enough. You realize this, go back into the studio, and try to fix those things, and all your work starts over.
The reality is, making your mixes sound good on any device – whether it's a phone, laptop, cheap headphones, or a Hi-Fi system – should be the goal of every mixing engineer. These systems are what most people use to listen to music. And let’s face it – most listeners won’t notice the slightest details anyway.
There is also another issue. Constantly testing, referencing, and trying your mixes on different speakers is time-consuming, impractical, and often impossible - most of us can't check our mixes on more than two or three reference systems.
What does MixChecker do?
MixChecker is a simple plugin that allows you to check your mixes on different systems with a click of a button. Each version features several simulations of consumer devices, such as a smartphone, cube monitor, in-ear headphones, radio, and many others. These simulations deliver the carefully measured and tested approximation of what each system represents. They can't, of course, replicate each device on the market - this is not the goal. The goal is to use MixChecker as a guide that shows you the weakness of your mixes regarding various types of devices and provides you with a realistic picture of what to expect once you listen to your mix on that kind of device.
How was it made?
When the Audified team and our friends in the audio business noticed the mentioned issues, the goal was simple - create a plugin that helps you to get more work done without the hassle of referencing your mixes on real-life devices.
To try to create an accurate representation of each device, we used a professional measuring system that costs a thousand times more than the best audio interfaces. Combining convolution-based engine, MultiCabinet (our speaker simulator, used in Amplion and GK Amplification 2 ) , with professional software with DSP toolboxes, we took well over 300 measurements in an echo-free chamber to create MixChecker simulations.
To capture headphones and earbuds, we used an artificial measuring head, as there are no better options nowadays – at least in our opinion. The result of measuring several different positions and models was to simulate how much wearing headphones differently affects their sound. The biggest difference is noticeable on bass frequencies, as shown in this graph
Which version is the right one for you?
The Pro version features distortion and background noise, allowing you to add either of those to your reference device - with separate indicators and level controls. The background noise, in headphones, for example, is simulated when passing through ear and headphones. So you can hear a combination of a mix coming from your headphones as well as the noise outside of them.
Minor features, such as auto-advance (which simply scrolls through different simulations automatically), or advanced stereo mode (that offers channel swap and adjustable width of stereo base), custom sets of simulations, and custom settings and labels for buttons are also part of MixChecker Pro
With MixChceker Pro , you get the option to use remote control. So you can walk around in your studio and check your references using Web Browser, Android , or iOS app.
The regular MixChecker is ideal for those looking for simple and quick reference mix checking. Featuring 12 devices and simpler controls, the regular version is perfect for improving workflow without diving deep into customizing simulated devices.
With the newest 1.2 update, MixChecker features the new, more complex engine adapted from MixChecker Pro
No longer will MixChecker rely solely on simple impulse responses. The new engine takes into account non-linear behavior, uses Parallel Warped Filters, Extended Wiener Model, and other complex measurement calculations to create the most accurate simulations. To read detailed information about technology, devices, and measurements, please refer to the user manual here .
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