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Insight

Spectral Analysis by iZotope

Essential Metering Suite

Introducing Insight, a comprehensive metering suite for post production and broadcast applications. Insight provides an extensive set of audio analysis and metering tools, perfect for visualizing changes made during mixing and mastering, troubleshooting problematic mixes, and ensuring compliance with broadcast loudness standards. Fully customizable and scalable, Insight allows you to visually monitor all relevant information from your mono, stereo or surround mix in a convenient floating window. Keep an eye as well as an ear on your mix at all times with Insight.

Key Features

  • Immediately detect potential mix problems through real-time visual monitoring and color-coded alerts.
  • Ensure your audio is fully compliant with current loudness standards with forward-thinking tools that adhere to standards like BS.1770-1/2/3.
  • Perform deep and flexible analysis with zoomable meters and the ability to route audio from any tracks or buses to Insight.
  • Design your ideal metering view by choosing the meters you want to see, customizing them, and resizing the Insight window to fit your current workflow.
  • Get an extensive suite of metering tools in a single plug-in, including True Peak Meters, Loudness Meters, Loudness History Graph, Stereo Vectorscope, Surround Scope, 2D/3D Spectrogram, and Spectrum Analyzer.

Insight visually guides you throughout the mixing process, empowering you to look deeper into your audio with intelligent analysis tools and real-time monitoring capabilities. View tried and tested analog-style meters with innovative digital twists. Keep tabs on cutting-edge displays that give you limitless access to your audio. Design your ideal metering plug-in with customizable views, settings, and presets. With Insight, the eyes have it all.

Complete Suite of Metering Tools

Insight provides a powerful combination of both established and innovative metering solutions for any type of audio work. The flexible interface features 5 distinct metering partitions:

  • Spectrogram: View a detailed topographical map of your audio stream in 2D or 3D, and feed in any individual tracks or buses via Meter Taps. Unfamiliar with a spectrogram? Watch our video to learn more.
  • Spectrum Analyzer: See the frequency balance of your mix in real-time, with display options like Linear, Octave, Critical Band and more.
  • Sound Field: Examine the behavior and balance of stereo and surround mixes, visualize spatial activity in real time, and quickly diagnose phase issues with the Stereo Vectorscope and Surround Scope.
  • Levels: Monitor both True Peak and Loudness meters for immediate feedback on your project's levels.
  • Loudness History: Visualize and inspect loudness over time, in real time or retrospectively, with the option to capture loudness data in an exportable log or graph.

Loudness Compliant

Insight is fully compliant with current loudness standards, with a number of forward-thinking tools to help ensure your audio adheres to these regulations:

  • Fully compliant with BS.1770-1/2/3, Insight includes meters for immediate loudness calculation and True Peak detection, loudness calculation over time, and faster than real-time offline loudness calculation.
  • Plot an infinite history of the loudness of your mix with the Loudness History Graph: use it for retrospective examination of your mix's loudness, or for real-time monitoring of loudness trends as they occur over time.
  • Set your loudness targets and mark when any levels exceed them with Loudness Overflow Tracking, which writes automation to your DAW to capture loudness overflow alerts.
  • Prove adherence to loudness standards by exporting a log or graph of your loudness data to clients, networks, broadcasters, and other legislation enforcers that require documentation.

Customizable and Flexible

See it your way. Insight lets you choose the meters you want to view, customize them, and navigate to exactly the level of detail that you need:

  • Insight shows meters for up to 6 channels of surround data.
  • Size the plug-in to optimize your studio screen space and choose the meters appropriate to your workflow. You can then adjust each partition's size to best suit your preferences.
  • Load one of Insight's 30+ presets, each designed for a different common workflow, or save your own most-used meter settings for easy recall.
  • Take total control over how your audio is visualized: each meter provides numerous display options.
  • Perform deep analysis with easy freezing, zooming and hovering within relevant meters for closer inspection, exploration, and data pinpointing.
  • Tailor exactly which tracks and buses the Spectrogram monitors by adding Meter Taps to any track or bus.

Who Is It For?

Post and Broadcast Engineers

  • Monitor your audio for compliance with recently passed loudness standards—like the CALM Act—with Loudness Meters and the Loudness History Graph.
  • Ensure your audio won't clip in the analog domain with Insight's True Peak meters, fully compliant with the recently released BS.1770-3 technical specification.
  • Easily visualize both the stereo and surround sound field of your mix to ensure a successful downmix.
  • Assess how dialog and/or voiceover levels are balanced alongside your project's music and effects by routing tracks or buses to the Spectrogram via Meter Taps.

Music Engineers

  • Visualize the frequencies of your mix in real time with a linear Spectrum Analyzer or with a display divided into octaves or critical bands
  • Make insightful mixing decisions and tweaks by routing your mix's tracks and buses to the Spectrogram via Meter Taps.
  • Monitor the stereo width of your song throughout mixing and ensure successful mono playout.
  • Compare the loudness of multiple tracks on a record, or compare your track with a reference track, to see how your master matches up.

Video Editors

  • Seamlessly monitor audio loudness through all stages of video production, from offline to online, reducing the need to later remix the soundtrack for broadcast.
  • Assure compatibility with mono televisions using the Stereo Vectorscope.
  • Use time-saving presets to quickly load settings relevant to the loudness standards in your part of the world.
  • Reduce visual clutter by resizing Insight and enabling only the meters relevant to video post work.

Sound Designers and Composers

  • Compare your composition to a reference track by simultaneously displaying them in the 2D or 3D Spectrogram via Meter Taps.
  • Prepare loudness-compliant audio for video games and film from the very start of your project, reducing the need to remix your work for a final deliverable.
  • Make informed creative decisions regarding panning with the Stereo Vectorscope and Surround Scope.
  • Choose the sound effect or atmosphere with the right spectral properties for your mix—analyze how it will fit into your project by using the Spectrogram or the Spectrum Analyzer.

Loudness and True Peak Metering

By evaluating audio levels in terms of how the human ear perceives loudness, loudness meters are used to ensure a mix complies with broadcast regulations, like those specified by the Advanced Television Standards Committee and European Broadcasting Union. Fully compliant with the ITU-R BS.1770-1, ITU-R BS.1770-2, ITU-R BS.1770-3, and EBU R128 standards, Insight provides the tools you need to be confident that your audio meets regulations.

  • See important values at a glance with Loudness Meter Readouts that show Momentary, Momentary Max, Short-term, Integrated, and Loudness Range calculations, as defined by BS.1770 metering guidelines.
  • Retrospectively analyze the loudness of a mix, or monitor loudness trends as they occur, with the Loudness History Graph.
  • Ensure no audio will clip during analog playback with BS.1770-3-compliant True Peak Meters.
  • Define your own loudness and clipping thresholds and be quickly alerted to overs with Adjustable Loudness and True Peak Targets.
  • Quickly assess if current or past audio projects are in compliance by running an Offline Loudness Calculation, which is faster than real-time in hosts offering offline processing.
  • Write automation to your DAW to capture when the loudness level is above your target with Loudness Overflow Tracking.
  • Prove adherence to loudness standards to clients, networks, broadcasters, and legislation enforcers: document and archive a project's loudness data with an exportable log or graph.
  • Quickly configure Insight to reflect the loudness settings in your region with Insight's Loudness Presets.

Surround Scope

Insight's innovative Surround Scope helps you visualize how your surround project will be spatially perceived by your audience during playback, and also keeps you aware of any potential technical problems with your audio's alignment.

  • Display up to 5 channels of surround data in Film, SMPTE/ITU, and DTS channel configurations.
  • Quickly deduce how a surround mix will be perceived in the surround space with a uniquely stylized, 360 degree Surround Amplitude Meter.
  • Be instantly aware of any potential phase issues with Sound Correlation Alerts, which indicate when there's a chance of signal cancelation during summing or playback.
  • Easily pinpoint the overall surround location of a signal with the Surround Balance Indicator.

Spectrogram

Unlike typical "waterfall" plots, Insight's unique real-time 3D spectrogram creates a detailed topographical map of audio using iZotope's high-resolution spectrogram capabilities. Unfamiliar with a spectrogram? 

  • Choose between a high-resolution and real-time 2D or 3D scrolling Spectrogram.
  • Perform detailed inspections with Freeze and Zoom modes.
  • Easily examine Gain values by frequency with a convenient mouse pointer readout.
  • Rest easy: Insight takes advantage of video card graphics processing for full-screen 3-dimensional metering, preserving more processing power for your audio work.

Meter Taps

For eye-popping visual insight, feed information on multiple audio streams to the Spectrogram via Meter Taps. Add Meter Tap plug-ins to individual tracks or buses, then open the Spectrogram to see how mix elements combine in rich detail...all in real-time.

  • Use Overlay, Tile, or Stack views to compare different Meter Tap streams and see their relationships.
  • Bring different audio streams into focus to see how each fits in the mix.
  • Tailor the display to your preferences with customizable colors for different tracks and buses.
  • Insert Meter Taps on mono, stereo, or surround tracks and buses.

Stereo Vectorscope

Insight's resizable Stereo Vectorscope provides useful display options for examining the stereo image of your mix.

  • Rapidly diagnose mono and/or stereo phase compatibility issues within the Sound Field partition.
  • Choose between Lissajous and Polar modes for multiple visualizations of stereo field activity and activity history.
  • Check the balance between Left and Right channels with Stereo Balance Meters.
  • Compare the similarity between Left and Right channels with Stereo Correlation Meters.

Spectrum Analyzer

Insight also includes a real-time spectrum analyzer for examining the frequency balance of your mix.

  • Display one of 4 different types of spectrums: Linear, Octave, 1/3 Octave and Critical Bands.
  • Select between specific Peak Hold Times to hold the peaks for different millisecond values, or select Infinite to hold peaks until you click to reset.
  • Click and zoom by both time and frequency, or hover to pinpoint exact Hertz/decibel values.
  • Adjust advanced controls to customize how the analyzer appears and how frequently it updates.

Customization Highlights

With a wealth of options for personalizing your metering experience, Insight lets you visualize your audio in a way that's perfect for any project or session.

  • Make the most of your screen real estate: keep Insight compact when space is limited, or maximize it to full screen when you're free to see more.
  • Pick and choose which meters you want visible, then adjust each partition's size to your preference.
  • Configure each meter precisely to your needs with a variety of per-meter display options and settings.
  • Perform deeper analysis with flexible zooming, scrolling, scaling, and freezing of meter data.
  • Easily save your favorite meter settings and recall them later, or cycle through various views within the same session as you move through different workflows.
  • Try out common metering views with 30+ Insight presets, and choose metering options based on the loudness standards in your region.

System Requirements

  • Windows: XP (32-bit), Vista (64-bit), 7 (32- & 64-bit), Windows 8
  • Mac: OS X 10.5.8 or later (Intel-based Macs only)
  • RTAS, AAX, AudioSuite, VST, VST3, Audio Unit, DirectX

Plug-in host compatibility

Compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit hosts, like Pro Tools 7.4 and above, Avid Media Composer, Nuendo, Cubase, WaveLab, Logic, Final Cut Pro X (Mono/Stereo only), Audition, Premiere Pro (Surround only), SONAR, REAPER, Digital Performer, Sound Forge Pro, Vegas Pro, and many more.

Graphics card requirements

For use of the scrolling 3D Spectrogram, Insight requires a graphics card that supports Open GL 2.0

Additional Support Notes 

Support for Surround Sound

5.0 and 5.1 channel configurations are not supported in the DirectX version of Insight. Additionally, some hosts may not support plug-ins in all available channel configurations. Download the demo and try it in your favorite host.

Host Support for Continuous Calculation

Continuous Calculation allows Loudness Calculation to start and stop seamlessly with the playback in your DAW. This requires the host application to provide robust support for reporting transport location to plug-ins but not all hosts provide this information. Download the demo and try it in your favorite host. Please note: Hosts that do not support Continuous Calculation may still manually start, pause, and reset loudness calculation and all of the other features of Insight.

Support for Plug-in Resizing

Resizing the plug-in window is not supported in the DirectX version of Insight. Additionally, some hosts may not support resizable plug-ins. Download the demo and try it in your favorite host.

Awards

Futuremusic platinum

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