Loudness

Loudness normalization according to EBU R128/ITU-R BS.1771

This function can be found in „Effects > Amplitude > Loudness normalization“ and replaces the existing loudness adjustment. This allows you to normalize audio objects or files according to EBU R128/ITU-R BS.1771.

Dynamic limiting (Loudness range normalization)

Dynamic limiting is a part of the dialog for loudness normalization and enables object dynamics to be limited in order to even out loudness variations within the audio material.

Loudness normalization in batch processing
Loudness normalization can also be applied to the batch processing feature in the "Edit" menu. This allows a large number of files to be adjusted to the target loudness value automatically.

Calculate Loudness
This function can be found in the „Edit“ menu and calculates the loudness of the entire project or a specific range. The calculated values are displayed in a text dialog. This dialog also contains the option "Correct program loudness with master volume" which adjusts the volume using the Stereo master or Surround master.

Watch Folder
The "Watch Folder" can be used to monitor folders. New files added to a folder are also edited automatically (e.g. with loudness normalization). Batch processing can also be accessed through the command line.

LC1 - Continuous Loudness Control (demo version)
You will find a demo version of the LC1 under VST effects. The LC1 was developed in close cooperation with the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT) and is the first plug-in worldwide that can adjust Loudness and Loudness Range (LRA) in real time.

In the demo version, a slight noise is added to the signal every 30 seconds for about 10 seconds .

You can find more informationen about the LC1 here.


True Peak Limiter for sMax11
This function expands the sMax11 with a "True Peak" function according to ITU-R BS.1770. This means that inter-sample peaks are also taken into account during the limiting of the signal so that the reconstruction of the audio material at the analog output does not clip or distort.

Analyze audio in file manager
This functions calculates loudness values for all selected files, and Sequoia displays a report. The function can be opened by right-clicking on a file in the file manager.


The calculated loudness values and their histories are displayed in the loudness meter

Compact display of loudness
In the compact display you can see the loudness value according to EBU R128 with colorized signalization when the value goes over or under the target. This display can be activated in the loudness settings.

Loudness normalization for database audio export
Automatic loudness normalization for stereo audio export in DAVID DigAS and SCISYS dira! Highlander databases.


Global loudness settings in the System Options
Under "Effects" > "Loudness" you can determine the settings for the loudness value analysis for the file manager, for track bouncing and for database export. This is also where you set the save options for the loudness value XML protocol. XML files are created during exporting, bouncing, batch processing or calculating loudness values. They are named like audio files and contain separate data for stereo and Surround streams. During saving, loudness values can also be written as BWF files which are compliant with EBU Tech 3285.

XML Files

  • New structure for XML files, UTF-8 support
  • The quality parameters "Silence", "Dynamic Too High" and "Too Quiet" are saved in
  • File.error.xml.
  • XML file names include the file name of the audio file, e.g. file.wav.xml or file.mp3.xml, to avoid overwriting xml files for identically named audio files with different formats.
  • XSL files for interpreting XML reports located under ProgramData\MAGIX\Sequoia\fx-preset\Visualization\XSLT\. These contain the values for loudness, PPM and quality criteria. Double-clicking on the XML file opens the data view in the web browser.

Import/Export von ISRC in Broadcast-Wave-Dateien

  • Export to broadcast wave files compliant with EBU Tech 3352
  • ISRCs are written to the wave file during export with the export setting "Each CD track in a file".
  • ISRCs of wave files are displayed in the Broadcast Wave Manger and can be edited.
  • After loading wave files into a mastering project (sequentially on the first track), CD indices that include the respective ISRC can be set automatically using the function "Set track indices on Object Edges". These are used for CD burning or DDP export of the project and do not need to be entered manually.
  • When importing a CD as single wave files, the BWF-ISRC entry is simultaneously written to the wave file.
  • New options for displaying ISRC in objects.

Free Plug-in Routing

  • No more limitations on the ordering of internal effects and VST plug-ins. Now you can change the order of the plug-ins any way you choose (exception: Object AUX sends still remain at the last position).
  • Internal effects can now be used multiple times per track/object (exceptions: EQ, dynamics, distortion, delay).
  • The order of Surround effects can be changed. In this case the plug-ins in the individual channels are always calculated before the Surround effects.

Mixer/Effect Routing

  • The object panorama function now uses the same dialog as the track and AUX panner: Stereo Editor. This offers you extended panning options (Panning Law, Presets, Copy L->R, R->L).
  • Now phase inversion is always calculated at the position of the Panorama Module.
  • Note: This new functionality is not compatible with the characteristics of older program versions.
  • There are now two new panning modes at the track level – "2 Channel Panorama" und "2 Channel Volume" – in the Stereo Editor. If you use these modes, the automation option in the Stereo Editor is no longer available (the automation curve is deactivated).
  • Invalid input and output devices are not adjusted automatically when loading a VIP. This means that, in a project, routing to several outputs can be retained even when the workstation being used does not have enough audio outputs available.

MP3-/AAC Preview Plug-in

In the master plug-ins section under "Encoder Preview" there is a preview function available which can be used to prepare MP3s or AAC files for export. You can change the export settings directly in the dialog window. During the mastering process you have the option of taking the idiosyncracies of the encoder into account and adjusting the quality relative to the requirements (e.g. "Mastered for iTunes").

Spectral Cleaning

  • Track selection in the Spectral Cleaning dialog allows you to choose which track to display and edit.
  • Individual editing of single tracks.
  • Reference track: Optional changes to a selected track can be applied to a selection or all other tracks.
  • Leave dialog open: Option to leave dialog open after a calculation.
  • "Close" button: This closes the dialog. Any performed calculations will remain intact, but can be reset in the project using the Undo function. 
  • "Enter" keyboard shortcut: This starts the calculation process. Depending on the settings, the dialog will close or remain open after the calculation is finished.

More new Features

  • New command: "Play/Rec" > "Move Playback Marker" > "To Peak Value of All Selected Objects": The playback marker jumps to the position with the highest peak value.
  • AAC-HE export with advanced options
  • Macros: "hms" can be used as the time unit for timeedit
  • Macros: "mset.name xxxx" sets markers with the names "xxxx"
  • Newly created VIPs will be saved immediately (e.g. to avoid incorrect path settings)
  • A default time stretch/pitch shift algorithm for objects can be set under "System settings" > "Effects" > "Resampling/Bouncing"
  • Old MIDI controller dialog replaced by new "Automation" page in System Options dialog
  • Remote login: Login with a local administration password is possible on any remote profile
  • Improvements for hardware controllers, especially EUCON
  • All video formats supported by the 32-bit version are now also supported by the 64-bit version
  • Improved crash evaluation with comment dialog and the option to immediately send crash dumps if an Internet connection is available