Sequoia 12 is out. North America should be here next month, YA! Here is the official release just posted: http://recording.org/content/827-sequoia-12-release.html Check this out: Loudness Metering according to the EBU recommendation R 128 is an important part of the latest version which supports the transition from peak-based measurements to loudness-based measurements for radio and television. The meter’s display has also been redesigned and offers various visualization layouts and presets for common broadcast standards. Loudness Metering (EBU R 128 and ITU-R BS.1771) The most important addition to metering in Sequoia 12 is loudness metering, which has become one of the most important topics in the radio world in recent years, and is rapidly taking over from known peak-based metering methods. Up until now peak control using peak levels (-9 dBGS as a rule) has been the standard in radio production. Peak limiters were often used as they limit an audio signal's dynamics, thus negatively affecting sound quality. In combination with the introduction of open standards for peak control there are reliable ways for engineers and producers to describe subjective loudness in countable terms. Sequoia 12 allows for the switch of EBU R 128 and ITU-R BS.1771 loudness measuring on the fly. ITU Recommendation BS.1770 forms the basis of international loudness measurement standards. True Peak Metering In addition to the method for loudness metering ITU-R BS.1770 provides a recommendation for measuring peak levels of digital audio signals. The device measures the peak value of the digital signal when it is reproduced in the analog domain. Samples of the signal are taken at regular intervals determined by the sample rate. As illustrated in figure 4, it can not be assured that samples exactly match audio peaks. Theses peaks will be restored once the waveform is reconstructed or when signals are processed. Due to the reduced precision of the Sample Peak Meter these new samples may clip or distort, even if the original samples had not been full scale. The common peak meter cannot display “true” peak values. Sequoia introduces True Peak Metering in Version 12 along with the loudness metering functions. For this reason, the identification of these inter-sample peaks are displayed with 4-times oversampling of the signal and thereby enabling the detection of true peaks. Loudness Range [LU] Statistic parameter Distribution of loudness values in a program Description of the dynamic range of the program No specific value given by EBU EBU document [Tech3344] A relative level of 0,0 LU equals a target level of –23,0 LUFS if using EBU mode. Sequoia offers a switchable scale for EBU+9 scale and EBU+18 scale. Programme Loudness [LUFS] Long-term measurement over the entire length of the programme Specific target level for European TV programs: - 23.0 LUFS The integrated measurement provides information about the loudness of the entire programme and describes a long-term measurement with the parameters start, pause, and reset. Maximum True Peak Level Describes the technical top level of the signal in time-domain Set at -1 dBTP (Decibel True Peak) Lower levels might be required for further analog transmission and lossy coding Sequoia allows for the switch of EBU128 and ITU-R BS.1771 loudness measuring on the fly.