I don't often rate a plug in as 'perfect', but this one is pretty much that. I debated whether to buy it, but now after using it for mastering an EP worth of songs, I can say this tool will now be indispensable to me. It makes comparing to reference tracks, checking dynamics, and achieving LUFS loudness targets all very quick and easy. The range of features and graphic interface are well thought out. I really have no criticism of any kind at this point. Highly recommended.
Much better than what else is out there
I have uses Magic AB for a long time. It works great. I got Metric AB for a deal so I bought it. WOW, this just blows away what I was using. The spectrum view is great you can move it around and I do not have to focus on my Master spectrum as much when ABing stuff. You can layer the spectrum on top of the source and your tracks. You can solo just the low end and AB them or just the mids. Or whatever freq you want to AB. This this is great. A+++ on this release.
Been pro mixing for 28 years and have to say this must be one of THE best plug ins I've ever bought , SO well thought out and so intuitive ! Trust me you NEED to buy this for ref /mixing , thought I couldn't improve my game by much but this baby tell's me EVERYTHING i need to know ref mixing and my results are even better !
MetricAB is fantastic!
by B.O.S.S. Shawn
I always have to break out like five reference tools every mix and now that is a thing of the past. I simply reach for MetricAB now and it handles every task imaginable. I'm so glad there is Peak, RMS and LUFS all in one package. There are so many options and useful tools all packed into this one plugin. This is unequivocally the best reference tool on the market. Thank you Plugin Alliance for offering such a great comprehensive and indispensable tool for the studio. I say just add an option to check your desired delivery options like streaming, mp3, apple, spotify etc. then maybe put the Peak / RMS meters separate and that would literally be perfect! This is a plugin I would call a must buy! Thank you again Plugin Alliance I really love your products you have really high quality stuff and MetricAB is one of the best.
The most useful plugin available for improving your understanding of mixing
by Sean Gillespie
I think this plugin is essential. It keeps you heading in the right direction during your mix down and helps you in making your choices justified and meaningful. I've always been obsessed with numbers and comparisons (crest factor et al) in mixing even still, the insights this plugin can reveal will, at the very least, illustrate what needs attention in your mix. Whilst this plugin does nothing in and of itself to your audio, it's an invaluable guide and will change the way you mix.
Unfortunately I got this thing a week to late and improvised a referencing setup with my DAW and a bunch of plugins. Now this neat thing does it all in one and then some. I can't really say anything negative about it. It does what it is supposed to exceptionally well. If it had a mode for slightly simplified analyzers like spectrum, correlation, loudness in one screen, I would say 10/10.
by Janusz K
Truly amazing plugin, well worth it and highly recommended...cheers
Super plugin, but why no m4a support on Windows?? All iTunes users must convert before they can use their reference tracks? What would be so hard about m4a support on Windows?
I already liked the predecessor of this plugin very much and therefore just purchased the new version. It is very helpful in checking the mix against commercial records or the rough mix, even more so since all the metering tools are now included. The reasons for not giving 5 stars are: No possibility to store different filter settings and, more important, the filter frequency settings do not correspond to the real output. Even when the settings are very narrow, e.g. 200-500 Hz, the output is much wider. I double checked that with another filter plugin and an analyzer which clearly showed what I already heard. Would be great to consider these points for a future update.
Plugin Alliance response
You can now store your favourite filter settings as presets and Metric now offers 24db and 48db filters so you can hear the selected range with a narrower slope.
Hybrid Mixers, Take Note
by Phil S.
Not only is MetricAB great for reference tracks, but it's also invaluable for easing the pain of recalls in a hybrid setup. It's for those times when you just had to use the 500 series EQ with the tiny knobs on the stereo buss, and "gain at 12:30" in your notes isn't quite precise enough. Maybe the unruly compressor is on the fritz today, so you need to mimic it with a different one. Or, you slacked on documenting some gear settings because the mix was "perfect--it's done!" a week ago, and now you only have your memory and your ears to figure out what they were... I mean, I know somebody who fell for that. That wasn't me. Drop the last mix that went to the client into MetricAB, and it will streamline the process of matching your recalled session to the old one before you start making your revisions. It can bail you out from situations that you'll never admit happened to you.