A song played through a tablet's speakers is a very different experience to sitting in the sweet spot of some quality home hi-fi audio throwers. MixChecker from Audified allows home mixers and studio pros to hear what their tracks sound like when listening through a TV, car stereo, smartphone or studio monitors and adjust for any weak spots.
"You need your mix to sound great despite of what lousy conditions your audience uses," says Audified. And that's precisely what the MixChecker plug-in was designed to do.
The VST/AU/AAX plug-in for Windows (7 to 10) and Mac (OS X 10.6 and above) systems is added to the master track at the end of the listening chain in digital audio workstation (DAW) software to transform the monitors or speakers you're using into reference monitors or one of a number of consumer devices.
A dozen acoustic simulations available at the click of a button, including computer speakers, earphones, laptop speakers and hi-fi speakers. Audified says that it has measured all of the available devices in laboratory conditions in order to provide faithful sonic models, though details of which devices have served as lab rats have not been revealed. As such, the end result is probably best viewed as an approximation of type (the audio output from two same brand, different model tablets can vary significantly, for example). Still, potentially very useful all the same.
And, in recognition that not all studio monitors deliver a truly flat response, there are also some buttons to specify the type of speakers or headphones you're listening through so that the plug-in can compensate accordingly. A bypass mode cancels all signal processing.
The MixChecker plug-in is available now for US$149, with a 30 day trial available for folks to try before they buy. A brief introduction to the virtual mixing assistant can be seen in the video below.