Welcome to AAMS, the introduction towards Automatic Audio Mastering! Get your music to sound good without a hassle with AAMS V3! As a musician or engineer working on music, you need the best sound possible when releasing material to the public. To audio master a mix towards a professional commercial quality recording and to create a sound for all audio speaker systems is a difficult and time consuming task. This is where AAMS steps in and takes control! Process any kind of music or audio, process your own music or mixes. AAMS is windows software for Fully Automatic Audio Mastering. Featuring 100 Band Equalizer, 8 Multiband Compression, Balancing and Loudness settings for internal DSP Processing with all audio corrections automaticly done purely inside the AAMS Program. Also AAMS installs a Reference Database of 200 Musical styles. Creating your own personal sound! Making the mastering process easy and less time consuming, having a good overall commercial sound quality, to process your Mix to a commercial great sounding Master. Now you can listen to what you expect! AAMS V3 Basic Mastering Mastering audio can be an extremely sensitive process, even the slightest miscue can lead to a disaster. AAMS Auto Audio Mastering System can help you prevent as well as improve the overall quality of any audio source. AAMS analyzes your original audio file, then compares the internal audio processing settings to over 200 different styles within its very own database. AAMS will generate a mastering plan and setup the internal dsp-processors and processes all audio files in a single go! Easy to use one button Audio Mastering! Audio Mastering with a few button clicks, batch mastering for multiple files at once. Allows individual tracks to be compared, analyzed and mastered in a single go. All audio mastered files are written on your harddrive as wav or mp3. Results show in Full Spectrum Display, Equalization Suggestion, Multiband Compression, Balance and Loudness Volume. Even printing charts and mastering documents. Works on both raw tracks and tracks that have already been mastered, completely free to use! Bring your music to the next level, full automatic mastering, semi-automatic mastering, manual mastering setups for different kind of users (pro). This program is definitely worth a try for anyone who works with music, regardless if you're the creator or the technician. Take your audio to the next level with this completely excellent to use audio mastering software program. AAMS V3 Auto Audio Mastering System Key Features (Pro): One button audio mastering! Over 200 different styles to compare your track to. Requires very little user input. Create you own sound. Audio Analyzing power! Analyzer, analyzes your original audio file to a Source file. Source File, your original analyzed and imported audio source file. Reference Database File, out of the Reference Database of 200 Styles. User Reference File, create reference files out of a batch. Adjust the reference with the spectrum linear EQ envelopes. AAMS Suggestions, automatic calculations in charts and displays, allways updated. DSP Analyzer Player, plays your audio file, hear changes directly, adjust, then master. Audio Processing power! DSP-EQ - 100 Band Spectrum Equalizer with auto setup.. DSP-Compressor - 8 Band Multiband Soft Tube Compressor with auto setup.. DSP-Loudness - Balancing and Loudness according to preset limiting and loudness levels. All audio formats! Audio Import Formats - WAV, MP3, MP2, MWA, FLAC, AAC, M4a, WAVpack, Monkey Audio, OGG Vorbis, APE. Now you can listen what you expect! AAMS V3 Professional Version The AAMS V3 Professional Version has got no limitations! Use AAMS database of 200 database of references or input other artists commercial music, combining them to one reference, a new style. Let AAMS help you find your own sound, you can create your own sound with building a user made reference or change a reference by adjusting the frequency spectrum for centrle, left and right channels. And master your music tracks on the fly, over and over, again and again. AAMS V3 professional version is tested to do masterings over > 1 hour of playtime! For DJ mixtapes and DJ sets, live concerts or any other recording or mix. The professional options of AAMS audio mastering software will make every kind of user happy, like batch audio mastering multiple audio files and the writing of between files of DSP processing. The user can tweak and manipulate the outcome of all AAMS audio masterings. Because once you find your sound, you can copy that sound to another track and so on. Therefore have complete control by using your own references, adding, combining, adjusting and saving all for later repeated use! The basic idea of AAMS Suggestions by the AAMS Analyzer is, to copy the sound but not harm the original recording. AAMS is written to understand differences between what the original recording sounds alike and looking for a way to get to what the reference sounds like. And what an engineer would do in case of manual mastering, aams will do the same, but then always based on the same calculations from AAMS Analyzer, this will give the user a steady base. AAMS suggestions and control settings are passed to the DSP controls. Processing of EQ, Compression, Balancing and Loudness are done by AAMS. Alike hardware equipment mixing controls, pan and volume, eq, compressors and loudness balancing. The mastered result is what counts basically. AAMS main feature is automatic mastering, but semi-automatic mastering or even manual mastering is provided. AAMS will do all processing for you, with the AAMS Professional Registered Lisenced version, you are in complete control. Another factor is, AAMS repeats the quality. You can expect the same thing happening on other sources and audio quality wise AAMS gives steady results over and over. AAMS V3 Auto Audio Mastering System Key Features (Pro): One button audio mastering! Over 200 different styles to compare your track to. Requires very little user input. Create you own sound. Audio Analyzing power! Analyzer, analyzes your original audio file to a Source file. Source File, your original analyzed and imported audio source file. Reference Database File, out of the Reference Database of 200 Styles. User Reference File, create reference files out of a batch. Adjust the reference with the spectrum linear EQ envelopes. AAMS Suggestions, automatic calculations in charts and displays, allways updated. DSP Analyzer Player, plays your audio file, hear changes directly, adjust, then master. Audio Processing power! DSP-EQ - 100 Band Spectrum Equalizer with auto setup.. DSP-Compressor - 8 Band Multiband Soft Tube Compressor with auto setup.. DSP-Loudness - Balancing and Loudness according to preset limiting and loudness levels. All audio formats! AudioFormats Audio Import Formats - WAV, MP3, MP2, MWA, FLAC, AAC, M4a, WAVpack, Monkey Audio, OGG Vorbis, APE. Now you can listen what you expect! Create your own sound and be in full control with AAMS V3 Professional Version!

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AAMS Auto Audio Mastering System

As a musician or technician working on music sound material, you need the best sound possible when releasing material to the public. How do you know when audio material is equalized, compressed and maximized correctly and plays loud and evenly on all audio systems when it has been mastered ? To master a mix in general takes a lot of time and the procedure is mostly done after the mix is polished enough to go through the mastering process.  To make a master that sounds alike on all speaker systems and also sounds like a real professional commercial recording is a difficult and time consuming task.

This is were AAMS steps in and takes control!

AAMS is a Limited Freeware software package that provides suggestions for Equalizer, Multi-Band Compression and Loudness settings with internal DSP Processing to make all such audio corrections within the AAMS Program and creates a final mastered audio file. This makes the Audio Mastering Process easy and by far less time consuming and turns your mix into a great sounding commercial quality Audio Master.

Now you can listen to what you expect!

AAMS Auto Audio Mastering System is an all-in-one solution for mastering and a good learning tool for mixing and mastering audio in general. If you need a great sounding master with a minimum of effort, AAMS does automatically create a master out of your stereo mixes in minutes of time! With easy to learn automatic features the end result is a good sounding master fit for commercial release. AAMS V3 is a software program that inputs audio files, masters the audio file according to a reference style with its own processing tools and outputs the mastered audio file to disk. The easy part is that the user does not have to know about audio mastering but can master an audio file by just supplying a reference sound. With only a few button clicks, the user can master any audio file with AAMS!

The user interface is quite simple, once you understand the main functions of AAMS, it is allways very easy.

Your own music audio files are called ‘Source’.  As Source Material, these files you will deliver and import to AAMS as your own made music / audio / stereo mixes, these files are placed into a directory. The AAMS V3 database of reference styles is supplied with AAMS software to give the user a great starting point for a good sound. But also the user can create their own sound with reference styles or by analyzing and combining reference files and re-use them for audio mastering projects. You can copy and create styles from other sources like other artists, bands or any other audio material that compares to the sound you need! With the source file and reference audio file selected and loaded, AAMS will process the mastering for you automaticly. Your mastered audio is processed to a stereo WAV file inside the same directory.

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Evaluate your Mix and Learn

AAMS is mainly a mastering tool, but the outcome (a mastered mix or track) can help you to listen and evaluate your mix better. This helps most users to understand their mix problems better and most users therefore can handle the mastering process better. You might go back to your mix and do single tracks adjustments and the re-evaluate again with AAMS.  The main focus of AAMS is automatic and easy, but AAMS can be setup for Full Automatic Mastering for Single Files, as well as Albums or Collections. AAMS also can be setup for Semi-Automatic Mastering and Manual Mastering. So for every user there is a way to master with AAMS. AAMS offers endless possibilities for analyzing, mixing and mastering audio, all functions are included and made simple with ease in mind. For the amateur the Automatic features are easy as clicking a few buttons. For the more professional users AAMS can be a helpful learning and viewing tool. Previously mastered material can be re-analyzed, viewed, processed and re-processed.

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AAMS is easy to Use!

Whenever you are inexperienced or experienced with Audio Mastering, AAMS works 4 you!

3 Easy steps! The most common way to use AAMS is with all options (by default set on installation) directed to Full Automatic Mastering.

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Step 1:

You have your own Source audio material ready to import into AAMS (Pop Song). Load a Source File On the Quick Start Tab click the button 'Auto Master Audio File'. A pop-up window will ask for an Audio File (or *.aam or *.afd file). You can select an Audio file for import now (.aiff, .flac, .mp2, .mp3, .mp4, .m4a, .ogg, .voc, .vorbis, .w64, .wav, .waveaudio, .wavpcm, .wv.). This Audio file represents your own audio or music material you need to be mastered.

Step 2:

You have made a decision on what this source represents (as what style) and you can select @PopRMS.aam out of the database. Load a Reference File Then you will be asked to load a Reference *.aam file. The reference files are found in the AAMS Database of more than 200 Style Presets provided with the AAMS installation (AAMS will redirect you to this directory). The reference file you choose is important, because the reference will reflect the style your music will be mastered against. You can select a reference file out of AAMS Reference Database or create your own references. 
For starters select a reference file from AAMS Database. If you are a beginner select ‘Mastering_RMS.aam’.

Step 3 :

You are then ready to start AAMS Mastering! Wait until AAMS is finished mastering! That is basically all you have to do, Load a Source Audio File and Load a Reference. The status bar below will show the progression status of AAMS Analysis, calculations and processing. Do not use AAMS until analyzing and processing is finished! After processing is complete, a Stereo file is mastered and written with the extension 'Master_wav' inside the same directory as your own source file is placed. Your audio master from is finished! Now go to that directory and double click the AAMS mastered file and listen. 

That is all!

Now you can listen what you expect!

The most common way to use AAMS is with all options (by default set on installation)directed to Full Automatic Mastering (Single Files). Basically the mentioned 3 steps of Auto Mastering are the main use of AAMS, to make audio mastering easy for all users. For users who like more freedom when mastering, a mix of automatic and manual functions can help you get used to get the desired result. The rest of this manual will explain more professional and edit features of AAMS. How you can use AAMS to master and to have a better mix.

How to learn more about AAMS easy mastering ?

Most likely you will be using an audio sequencer or computer software to create, compose, mix, edit and make your own music. You can import or use any music track as source. As you are using a multitrack software sequencer, you must output your song or audio track to one stereo file (2 channels, 1 left and 1 Right), before mastering. Or you can have recordings you already have on your computer, just like MP3 or WAVE (WAV) files that you need to master. Anyway a finished track that is outputted as stereo will do. This is your Source Material. Inside the AAMS software the Source is always your own audio material that you have imported into AAMS. Let’s say you have your own Source material ready for AAMS Mastering. Let’s say this audio material refers to a standard pop song. Then your Source Pop Song needs to be mastered as a Pop Song Track. So you need a Reference Style out of AAMS Reference Database that represents Pop Songs! Lucky for you we have pre-made an AAMS Reference Style Database with 200 Styles that refers to all kinds of musical styles. And @Pop RMS.aam is one of those database files! So selecting @Pop RMS.aam as a reference against your own source material would be very wise.

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Batch Audio Mastering

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When you have an album or multiple audio files to be mastered in on single go (a batch), you can use the Master Batch Tab. Fill the Grid with Mastering Jobs(Items). This is called a Batch Job. Items are Audio Files or Sources that can be mastered against a Reference. For every track inside the album or audio file choose the right reference style. You choose the reference style according to the track of the album style (like explained above). Every track must have it's own reference.

Fill the Grid with Items (5 Steps)

1. Load File as Item (Import, Source Or AAMS Full Data). The Item will be shown above the Grid.

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2. Add Item to the Mastering Grid List.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until finished.
Or

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4. Add Multiple Items to Mastering List, use this option if you use a single Reference File to Master multiple Source Items.

Start Mastering

5. Click 'Auto Audio Master - Batch All Items in Mastering List'. Then -> Wait until all Items are 
finished!

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You can see the Status of the mastered file in the Master Tab.
When all items are finished mastering, the batch job is done!

Tip for more coherence on a full album of tracks!

First you must have mastered every single track of the album with its own reference style (like explained above).
After you have done a full album mastering with batch mastering like described above, you can analyze all finished tracks with AAMS Analyzer.
What we want is an overall reference that consists of all tracks from the mastered individual tracks, the whole album sound from begin track to last track.
We analyze all tracks and batch then into one single reference. That will be the combined mastered sound of the album.
We are gonna use this reference (overall album sound) to correct the whole album sound (all tracks).
This will make the whole album sound more close together and more coherend.

Goto AAMS Analyzer Tab, select or  goto the directory where all the mastered audio files of the album are, and choose select all mastered files from the album.
Select -> Analyze Batch Audio File Selection. This will batch all tracks selected and creates for eacht track an AAMS Analyzer file (source file).

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Goto AAMS Sources Tab and then combine all newly analyzed files with - > Batch Selected Files into One Singel Source File

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The result will be one source file that AAMS Analyzer saved by combining all mastered album tracks. Let's call and save this file as 'Album.aam'. This file 'Album.aam' can now be used as a reference file for the whole album sound! So we are gonna remaster all tracks again with this 'Album.aam' as the only reference. Now fill the batch mastering again with all mastered tracks from the album but this time only use 'Album.aam' as the reference for each track. That means all tracks will be for the second time mastered (remastered towards an whole album coherend sound). So we use Batch Audio Mastering again with the 'Album.aam' as the only reference.

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Fill the Grid with Items (5 Steps)
1. Add Multiple Items to Mastering List => Select Referenceas explained above ('Album.aam').

Start Mastering
2. Click 'Auto Audio Master - Batch All Items in Mastering List'. Then -> Wait until all Items are finished!

Now you have a more coherend sound for you whole album for all album tracks!
This can be a big difference for listeners and gives a more completed feeling for the whole Album sound.

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AAMS Spectrum analyzer measures the power magnitude of stereo input signals (left and right) versus frequency within the full frequency range. AAMS Analyzer measures also spectral compositions signals, mid side, long or short pressure waves, dominant frequencies, compression levels, balancing levels, loudness levels. By analyzing the whole spectra, dominant frequency, power, distortion, harmonics, bandwidth, and other spectral components, in time domain waveforms.  AAMS Analyzer Parameters are very useful in the characterization whole audio files. To the casual observer this maybe all too much info, but AAMS Analyzer does all measurements and calculations fully automatic.

The Analyzer is the starting point for inputting and analyse audio files into aams file format to source or reference file.

The main function of AAMS Analyzer is to convert the WAV file of Source or Reference material towards a file that AAMS understands as an analyzer file. Named *.aam. The build in Analyzer automatically analyzes audio data, calculates the differences between your music and selected musical styles (references) and shows you were the differences are. The Source and Reference spectrum function is the key element of AAMS.

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AAMS can read / import the following Audio File Formats (not all are tested) :  .aiff, .flac, .mp2, .mp3, .mp4, .m4a, .ogg, .voc, .vorbis, .w64, .wav, .waveaudio, .wavpcm, .wv.

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How does AAMS use Audio Files?

AAMS can now import and read / write different audio formats. For users who are new, AAMS reads all common audio formats, with 2 channels (stereo), 16 / 24 / 34 and 64 bit and their sample rates. AAMS can read mono files with 1 channel, but these will be converted to 2 channels by import. The main functions of AAMS is to master you’re input audio file, analyze this audio file, read the audio file and write mastered and between versions of the audio file.

AAMS most important Audio File Formats

Uncompressed audio formats: such as WAV, AIFF, AU (PCM Based). Formats with lossless compression : such as FLAC, Monkey's Audio, WavPack , TTA, ATRAC Advanced Lossless, Apple Lossless, MP4, WMA Windows Media Audio Lossless. Formats with lossy compression : such as MP3, MP2, Ogg, Vorbis, Musepack, AAC, ATRAC and Windows Media Audio Lossy.

Source Analyzer files reflects mostly your own audio material you have imported into AAMS. Reference Analyzer files reflects mostly the style parameters as a result, AAMS will compare Source and Reference and the will calculate the suggestions. The suggestions are processed by AAMS automatically towards an end result Mastered Audio file.

AAMS Analyzer is responsible for many tasks that go in front of the audio mastering chain, as well as for in between setting an calculations done for the different processors (DSP-EQ,DSP-Compressor, DSPLoudness). The first and most important task is to analyze audio files. Spectrum behavior and frequency behavior as well as loudness is measured very accurately and calculated into suggestions.  These suggestions or settings for the processors are done by comparing and calculations from source to reference and backwards. The AAMS Mastering system is based on pure calculations and suggestions, meaning source and reference are calculated to be the same.  But in its basic function it is not a mere copy between them, but the needed differences that are measured and calculated into suggestions, presets and settings for further processing.  So that the best results will count and be kept for audio mastering to be possible. The AAMS Analyzer is specially designed to investigate and search through the audio material and convert it to an AAMS Analyzer File. The time that it takes to analyze your Audio Material will vary depending on the length of the audio material and the processor speed of the computer. AAMS Analyzer is designed to produce the best audio mastering results so there are a lot of calculations taking place and your processor will be pushed.  But it’s worth the wait for the very accurate analysis AAMS produces.

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Analyzer File Directory

The directories listed are AAMS standard directories to find and place audio files within. You can select an Audio file for import now (.aiff, .flac, .mp2, .mp3, .mp4, .m4a, .ogg, .voc, .vorbis, .w64, .wav, .waveaudio, .wavpcm, .wv.). These Audio file represents your own audio or music material you need to be analyzed or mastered. The Source and Reference files can also be found in the standard AAMS file directory, as well as the complete Reference Database directory. It is possible to select multiple files (when needed) with holding Shift or CTRL keys. The drive list selects a hard drive, the directory list selects a directory and the file list selects file(s).

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Analyze Single Audio File

The most common way to analyze audio files (your own audio that you need to import and have analyzed by AAMS Analyzer) is this function. A popup window will appear with the standard AAMS directory, asking for an audio file to be imported and analyzed. You can select an Audio file for import / analyzing (.aiff, .flac, .mp2, .mp3, .mp4, .m4a, .ogg, .voc, .vorbis, .w64, .wav, .waveaudio, .wavpcm, .wv.). The rest of processing will be done by AAMS Analyzer and father finishing, a popup Save window will appear asking to Save the just analyzed file. The extension for that file is *.aam. This saved Source file that has been analyzed from the audio file you imported, is important for the rest of processing internally inside AAMS.

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Analyze Single Audio File and Load as Source

This function is the same function as Analyze Single Audio File, but after saving the source file is also directly loaded into AAMS as a source. A popup window will appear with the standard AAMS directory, asking for an audio file to be imported and analyzed. You can select an Audio file for import / analyzing (.aiff, .flac, .mp2, .mp3, .mp4, .m4a, .ogg, .voc, .vorbis, .w64, .wav, .waveaudio, .wavpcm, .wv.). The extension for that file is *.aam.

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Analyze Single Audio File Selected

This function is the same function as Analyze Single Audio File, but it will use the file you have selected in the Files Window on the Left. You can select an Audio file for import / analyzing (.aiff, .flac, .mp2, .mp3, .mp4, .m4a, .ogg, .voc, .vorbis, .w64, .wav, .waveaudio, .wavpcm, .wv.). A popup window will appear with the standard AAMS directory, asking for an audio file to be imported and analyzed. The extension for that file is *.aam.

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Analyze Batch Audio File Selection

This function is the same function as Analyze Single Audio File, but it will use the file(s) you have selected in the Files Window on the Left. You can now select multiple audio files from the Left Files Window, and they will be processed one by one, as a batch. You can select an Audio file for import / analyzing (.aiff, .flac, .mp2, .mp3, .mp4, .m4a, .ogg, .voc, .vorbis, .w64, .wav, .waveaudio, .wavpcm, .wv.). A popup window will appear with the standard AAMS directory, asking for an audio file to be imported and analyzed. The extension for the file(s) is *.aam. This function can be of importance when you analyze audio sources from other artists or bands, in combination with Source Batch or Reference Batch, this is a good way to create your own sound (read about creating your own sound).

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Audio File Properties

Audio File - The name of the audio file that has been processed by AAMS Analyzer
Format - Audio Format of processing
Channels - 2 Channel Audio (Stereo)
Bits - 32 Bits of Audio is loaded and processed into float format
Filesize - Size of the audio in bytes
Audiosize - Size of the audio in the file in bytes
Time (sec) - Audio playtime of the file in processing
Samples - Amount of samples of the file in processing
Sample Rate - 44.100 Hz (44100 Samples per second)
Starttime - The time analyzing started
Estimate - The time it will take analyzing to be finished (estimated)
Chunk - chunks of stereo audio into the analyzer
Buffers - Buffer count that has been processed
Total Buffers - The total amount of buffers of the audio file
loud Buffer - The maximum available amount of buffers

Load Full Data

This function is only needed when you have loaded a Source and Reference and Saved a Full Data File before. If reloads the Source and Reference directly into AAMS Analyzer. For containing and keeping Source and Reference together, can be handy to store alongside mastered files. See it as a backup system. The extension for the file(s) is *.afd.

Save Full Data

When you have loaded a Source file and a Reference file, this function will store both in a single backup file. The extension for the file(s) is *.afd. For containing and keeping Source and Reference together, can be handy to store alongside mastered files. See it as a backup system.

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Source

Mostly the source is a track, a song, a single track of an album or any audio part. The Source is your inputted and (to be) analyzed audio file. This is the file you import into AAMS as Source Material. Your audio material needs to be imported into AAMS, therefore we have created AAMS Analyzer. The job of AAMS Analyzer is to import audio files and convert them to a format that AAMS can understand and calculate with. Importing audio is simple and mostly is done without any user intervention, automaticly.

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Source File Directory

A Source file is an allready AAMS Analyzed file (read about AAMS Analyzer). The directories listed are AAMS standard directories to find and place audio files within. You can select a Source File for import now. The Source and Reference files can also be found in the standard AAMS file directory, as well as the complete Reference Database directory. It is possible to select multiple files (when needed) with holding Shift or CTRL keys. The drive list selects a hard drive, the directory list selects a directory and the file list selects file(s). You can load a Source file as well as a Reference file, but remeber the source file is for your own audio representation inside AAMS, the reference file is the representation of the targeted master (to be mastered against).

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Load Selected File as Source

Load the selected file in the window left into AAMS Analyzer as Source. You can load a Source file as well as a Reference file, but remeber the source file is for your own audio representation inside AAMS, the reference file is the representation of the targeted master (to be mastered against). So it's best to load a Source file here.

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Load Selected File as Reference

Load the selected file in the window left into AAMS Analyzer as Reference. You can load a Source file as well as a Reference file, but remeber the source file is for your own audio representation inside AAMS, the reference file is the representation of the targeted master (to be mastered against). So it's best to load a Reference file here.

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Source and Reference file are Loaded (AAMS Suggestions)

When a Source file and a Reference File are loaded, AAMS will directly calculatie Suggestions by comparing source and reference, to calculate between them the best settings for processing the source file in a mastered audio file. You can load Source and Reference data at any time and AAMS will recalculate its suggestions instantly. The suggestions are displayed on the Suggestion Tab in Charts and Text, so that you can also use any hardware outboard equipment and software plugins that you already own. Also for the visual aspect Charts and Graphs are created to make the user understand more and learn, even adjusting the Reference or the DSP-EQ Suggestion is possible. Based on the Analyzer results AAMS presents suggested Mastering, Equalizer, Compressor and Loudness settings. AAMS uses these suggested calculations for further processing towards the end result, a fully automatic mastering chain. These can be reviewed and edited by the user in many ways. All you need to master your mix to a perfect result. Simply spending the time to listen and understand AAMS suggestions can help you to improve your mixing and mastering. The suggestions based on Analyzer results are displayed here. Each time the state of the AAMS program changes due loading a file or user changes, AAMS will recalculate. The outcome of these calculations will display on the Suggestion Tab and related pages. AAMS does calculated suggestions on basis of the loaded Source compared to the Loaded Reference. Therefore if we can adjust the reference we can adjust the outcome (or have influence) on the source results. If quite often happens that AAMS is almost correct, but maybe the Vocals just are mixed a little bit high (harder) then the mix itself. Mostly it is better to fix the mix, by adjusting the mix. But when this cannot be undone or done, you can now correct the Spectrum of the Reference that has been loaded and save edited reference as a new reference for later use. Later on we will address the same procedure on adjusting the DSP-EQ that will work just about the same way. But however adjusting the Spectrum Reference might be a better more compatible way.

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Batch Selected Files info One Single Source File

This function will batch all selected files in one single source file. This function can be of importance when you have allready analyzed audio sources from other artists or bands, in combination with Source Batch or Reference Batch, this is a good way to create your own sound (read about creating your own sound). It will use the source file(s) you have selected in the Files Window on the Left. You can now select multiple source files from the Left Files Window, and they will be processed one by one, as a batch. A popup window will appear with the all the files listed, press OK. Then the standard AAMS directory will popup and asks you to save the batch as one single source file. The extension for the file(s) is *.aam.

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Save Source as AAMS Analyzer File

The loaded source file stored into AAMS Analyzer can be Saved to disk. This can be a handy feature when you have changed or edited the source file in AAMS Analyzer.

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Load Source

Loads a Source file into AAMS Analyzer, you are prompted by a popup window to import a source into memory. It is best to really choose a Source file here, but as the format of a source or reference is the same, you could load a reference file instead.

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Source Properties

Shows Filename, Artist, Album, Song, Style and Date of the Source file. The text of these properties can be editted and saved, goto the tab Analyzer Suggestion - Frequency Spectrum - Source or Reference File (Tabs).

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Source Chart

A preview of the file source spectrum will be shown here.

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References

The references in the database of AAMS are specially crafted to match a source file with a reference database file and master your material accordingly and automatically. You can also generate a new reference style from scratch with AAMS. The reference is an comparison style or sound, prefered settings that were analyzed, combined or adjusted to have a good sound or at least a comparison sound. Reference Material is mostly the AAMS Database with Styles. You can choose a preset reference file out of the Reference Database. AAMS will redirect you to the directory were all reference files are placed. Choose a reference that reflects your music (source) the most. See the Reference Database for all reference files installed with AAMS. The other possibility is that you can create your own Reference File(s) out of Analyzed Audio. In this way you can import your own music or reference music track into AAMS, analyze them and use them as Reference File.

Check your music mixes, masters and even single tracks or collections / albums against different musical styles. If you want to make your own Reference Styles, this is called batched reference analyzing. It is possible to mix and match different reference styles together, like Pop with Rock or RNB with Rap etc. Or create your own specialized sound by combining your own analyzed masters and the reference styles found in the AAMS Database. Single audio tracks (vocals, guitar, bass etc.) can be analyzed so that your mix can be enhanced before it reaches the mastering stage. You can process a batch of source files together and get an overall sound for a compilation / collection or album (making your whole album sound equal of quality) and turn them into one single reference style of your own. There are many different ways to do this. In a few simple steps you can see what differences there are between the source audio material and a Reference Style chosen from a database of over 200 reference styles provided. Even it is possible to create your own References. Just load a Source and Reference and see what happens!

AAMSrefFiles

Reference File Directory

A Reference file is an already AAMS Analyzed file (read about AAMS Analyzer) or it is a file out of the AAMS Database of Musical Styles ( 200). The directories listed are AAMS standard directories of the AAMS Database of Musical Styles. You can select a Reference File for import now. The Reference and Source files can also be found in the standard AAMS file directory, as well as the complete Reference Database directory. It is possible to select multiple files (when needed) with holding Shift or CTRL keys. The drive list selects a hard drive, the directory list selects a directory and the file list selects file(s). You can load a Reference file as well as a Source file, but remember the source file is for your own audio representation inside AAMS, the reference file is the representation of the targeted master (to be mastered against).

AAMSrefLoadSelasReference

Load Selected File as Reference

Load the selected file in the window left into AAMS Analyzer as Reference. You can load a Reference file as well as a Source file, but remember the source file is for your own audio representation inside AAMS, the reference file is the representation of the targeted master (to be mastered against). So it's best to load a Reference file here.

AAMSrefLoadSelasSource

Load Selected File as Source

Load the selected file in the window left into AAMS Analyzer as Reference. You can load a Source file as well as a Reference file, but remember the source file is for your own audio representation inside AAMS, the reference file is the representation of the targeted master (to be mastered against). So it's best to load a Reference file here.

AAMSspectrum

Source and Reference file are Loaded (AAMS Suggestions)

When a Source file and a Reference File are loaded, AAMS will directly calculate Suggestions by comparing source and reference, to calculate between them the best settings for processing the source file in a mastered audio file. You can load Source and Reference data at any time and AAMS will recalculate its suggestions instantly. The suggestions are displayed on the Suggestion Tab in Charts and Text, so that you can also use any hardware outboard equipment and software plugins that you already own. Also for the visual aspect Charts and Graphs are created to make the user understand more and learn, even adjusting the Reference or the DSP-EQ Suggestion is possible. Based on the Analyzer results AAMS presents suggested Mastering, Equalizer, Compressor and Loudness settings. AAMS uses these suggested calculations for further processing towards the end result, a fully automatic mastering chain. These can be reviewed and edited by the user in many ways. All you need to master your mix to a perfect result. Simply spending the time to listen and understand AAMS suggestions can help you to improve your mixing and mastering. The suggestions based on Analyzer results are displayed here. Each time the state of the AAMS program changes due loading a file or user changes, AAMS will recalculate. The outcome of these calculations will display on the Suggestion Tab and related pages. AAMS does calculated suggestions on basis of the loaded Source compared to the Loaded Reference. Therefore if we can adjust the reference we can adjust the outcome (or have influence) on the source results. If quite often happens that AAMS is almost correct, but maybe the Vocals just are mixed a little bit high (harder) then the mix itself. Mostly it is better to fix the mix, by adjusting the mix. But when this cannot be undone or done, you can now correct the Spectrum of the Reference that has been loaded and save edited reference as a new reference for later use. Later on we will address the same procedure on adjusting the DSP-EQ that will work just about the same way. But however adjusting the Spectrum Reference might be a better more compatible way.

AAMSrefBatchSelFilesinOneSingleRef

Batch Selected Files info One Single Reference File

This function will batch all selected files in one single Reference file. In combination with Source Batch or Reference Batch, this is a good way to create your own sound (read about creating your own sound). You can even select multiple files out of AAMS Database. It will use the reference file(s) you have selected in the Files Window on the Left. You can now select multiple reference files from the Left Files Window, and they will be processed one by one, as a batch.  A popup window will appear with the all the files listed, press OK. Then the standard AAMS directory will pop up and asks you to save the batch as one single source file. The extension for the file(s) is *.aam.

Save Reference as AAMS Analyzer File

The loaded reference file stored into AAMS Analyzer can be Saved to disk. This can be a handy feature when you have changed or edited the source file in AAMS Analyzer.

AAMSrefLoadRef

Load Reference

Loads a Reference file into AAMS Analyzer, you are prompted by a popup window to import a source into memory. It is best to really choose a Reference file here, but as the format of a source or reference is the same, you could load a source file instead.

AAMSrefProperties

Reference Properties

Shows Filename, Artist, Album, Song, Style and Date of the Reference file. The text of these properties can be edited and saved, Goto the tab Analyzer Suggestion - Frequency Spectrum - Source or Reference File (Tabs).

AAMSrefPreview

Reference  Chart

A preview of the file source spectrum will be shown here.


Th
e AAMS V3 Reference Database is an important part of AAMS software.

The reference style a user can choose is the way you want your tracks to sound alike.
AAMS works with a Source file (your audio) and a Reference File (out of the Database of Reference Styles).
AAMS does compare source against reference. You can also create new references out of the database or out of analyzed tracks, albums and other audio. The reference database is updated and contains most of successful and many more quality music references styles. The older AAMS V2 database is also installed with AAMS V3. Watch the video for instructions how to use the Reference's and also to create your own presets.

The AAMS V3 Reference Style Database

The Reference Style Database of AAMS version 3 is completely and newly written. We have AAMS Analyzed about 28.000 Tracks of Music from different Genres and Styles. From everywere over the world, for you to compare your music against. Your own audio material is called a Source. What you compare your source with is called a Reference. So what AAMS Software Analyzer does is compare your music and creates Suggestions from making it sound as good. Then AAMS will master your music accordingly! 

Directories and Files

The main function of the Reference Style Database is to give the user a readymade preset database of musical styles to compare and choose from. These References are specially crafted analysis made by interpreting musical styles and contain spectrum and loudness functions that AAMS Software can understand. As a Source is an *.aam file. A Reference is also an *.aam file (mostly an @ is used in the filename for references). The Style or Reference Database is installed with AAMS, usually in C:Program FilesAAMSAAMS FilesReferences or C:Program Files (x86)AAMSAAMS FilesReferences. Inside this directory are all RMS files and they are suitable for most mastering purposes. The full database is in the following directory C:Program FilesAAMSAAMS FilesReferencesReference Database.

OLD : Directory with AAMS V2.0 and AAMS V1.0 Reference Database files
V3 Mastering : Directory with AAMS V3.0 Reference Database files (for AAMS Mastering).
V3 Mixing : Directory with AAMS V3.0 Reference Mixing Files (for Mixing etc).

The AAMS V3 Main Mastering Reference Database Files

RMS files explained : The main starting References for Beginners and for All Mastering functions that are general. If you do not know what reference to choose but know the gerne. RMS means **root mean square**

Found in the directory : V3 Mastering/1 RMS Mastering

@AAMS Mastering_RMS – The main starting reference for all beginners and lazy users.

Different Gernes RMS Styles :

@Acapella_RMS.aam
@Accoustic_RMS.aam
@Alternative_RMS.aam
@Asian_RMS.aam
@Ballad_RMS.aam
@Blues_RMS.aam
@Bollywood_RMS.aam
@Boyband_RMS.aam
@@Children_RMS.aam
@Christmass_RMS.aam
@Classical_RMS.aam
@Commercials_RMS.aam
@Conferences_RMS.aam
@Countryl_RMS.aam
@Disco_RMS.aam
@Dubstep_RMS.aam
@EasyListening_RMS.aam
@EDM_RMS.aam
@Electronic_RMS.aam
@Fitness_RMS.aam
@Funk_RMS.aam
@Girlband_RMS.aam
@Gospel_RMS.aam
@Holiday_RMS.aam
@Hornsband_RMS.aam
@House_RMS.aam
@Indie_RMS.aam
@Industrial_RMS.aam
@Inspirational_RMS.aam
@Instrumental_RMS.aam
@Jazz_RMS.aam
@Karaoke_RMS.aam
@Latin_RMS.aam
@Live_RMS.aam
@Lounge_RMS.aam
@Modern_RMS.aam
@MovieTheme_RMS.aam
@Nederlands_RMS.aam
@NewAge_RMS.aam
@NewWave_RMS.aam
@Opera_RMS.aam
@Pop_RMS.aam
@Rap_RMS.aam
@Reggae_RMS.aam
@RNB_RMS.aam
@Rock_RMS.aam
@SingerSongwriter_RMS.aam
@Sinterklaas_RMS.aam
@Slow_RMS.aam
@Soul_RMS.aam
@Soundtrack_RMS.aam
@Spanish_RMS.aam
@SpokenWord_RMS.aam
@StandupComedy_RMS.aam
@Vegas_RMS.aam
@World_RMS.aam

The AAMS V3 Mastering Reference Database Files with differences

Reference files found in subdirectories : V3 Mastering

@Acapella_Female.aam
@Acapella_House_Female.aam
@Acapella_House_Male.aam
@Acapella_Male.aam
@Acapella_Ragga_Male.aam
@Acapella_Rap.aam
@Acapella_RMS.aam

@Accoustic.aam
@Accoustic_Female.aam
@Accoustic_Male.aam
@Accoustic_RMS.aam

@Alternative.aam
@Alternative_RMS.aam

@Asian_Female.aam
@Asian_Male.aam
@Asian_Old.aam
@Asian_Pop.aam
@Asian_RMS.aam
@Asian_Rock.aam

@Ballad_Female.aam
@Ballad_Male.aam
@Ballad_RMS.aam

@Blues_Female.aam
@Blues_Male.aam
@Blues_Old.aam
@Blues_RMS.aam
@Blues_Slow.aam

@Bollywood.aam
@Bollywood_Dance.aam
@Bollywood_Female.aam
@Bollywood_Female_Slow.aam
@Bollywood_Male.aam
@Bollywood_Male_Slow.aam
@Bollywood_Old.aam
@Bollywood_RMS.aam

@Boyband.aam
@Boyband_RMS.aam
@Boyband_Slow.aam

@Children.aam
@Children_Dance.aam
@Children_RMS.aam
@Children_Slow.aam
@Christmass.aam
@Christmass_Female.aam
@Christmass_Male.aam
@Christmass_Old.aam
@Christmass_RMS.aam
@Classical.aam
@Classical_RMS.aam

@Commercials_Female.aam
@Commercials_Male.aam
@Commercials_RMS.aam

@Conferences.aam
@Conferences_RMS.aam

@Countryl_RMS.aam
@Country_Female.aam
@Country_Female_Slow.aam
@Country_Male.aam
@Country_Male_Slow.aam

@Disco_Female.aam
@Disco_Male.aam
@Disco_RMS.aam

@Dubstep.aam
@Dubstep_Hard.aam
@Dubstep_RMS.aam
@Dubstep_Slow.aam

@EasyListening_RMS.aam
@Easy_Listening.aam
@Easy_Listening_Female.aam
@Easy_Listening_Male.aam

@Electronic_Industrial.aam
@Electronic_Industrial_Slow.aam
@Electronic_Orchestra.aam
@Electronic_Pop_Female.aam
@Electronic_Pop_Instrumental.aam
@Electronic_RMS.aam
@Electronic_Rock.aam

@Fitness.aam
@Fitness_RMS.aam

@Funk_Pop.aam
@Funk_RMS.aam
@Funk_Slow.aam

@Girlband.aam
@Girlband_RMS.aam
@Girlband_Slow.aam

@Gospel.aam
@Gospel_Choirs.aam
@Gospel_Dance.aam
@Gospel_Female.aam
@Gospel_Live.aam
@Gospel_Male.aam
@Gospel_RMS.aam
@Gospel_Slow.aam

@Holiday.aam
@Holiday_RMS.aam

@Hornsband.aam
@Hornsband_RMS.aam

@House_Atmosphere.aam
@House_Breakbeat.aam
@House_Club.aam
@House_Deep.aam
@House_DJ.aam
@House_Easy.aam
@House_EDM.aam
@House_Electro.aam
@House_Female.aam
@House_Garage.aam
@House_Hardcore_Female.aam
@House_Hardcore_Male.aam
@House_HiNRG.aam
@House_Jungle.aam
@House_Male.aam
@House_Rave.aam
@House_RMS.aam
@House_Techno.aam
@House_Trance.aam

@Indie.aam
@Indie_RMS.aam
@Indie_Slow.aam

@Industrial.aam
@Industrial_RMS.aam

@Inspirational.aam
@Inspirational_Dance.aam
@Inspirational_RMS.aam

@Instrumental.aam
@Instrumental_RMS.aam

@Jazz.aam
@Jazz_Best.aam
@Jazz_BlueNote.aam
@Jazz_Lovers.aam
@Jazz_Miles.aam
@Jazz_RMS.aam
@Jazz_Sax.aam
@Jazz_Soul.aam

@Karaoke.aam
@Karaoke_RMS.aam

@Latin.aam
@Latin_Dance.aam
@Latin_RMS.aam
@Latin_Slow.aam

@Live_Pop_Rock.aam
@Live_RMS.aam
@Live_Rock.aam
@Live_Rock_Ballad.aam

@Lounge.aam
@Lounge_Atmosphere.aam
@Lounge_RMS.aam
@Lounge_Sax.aam

@Modern.aam
@Modern_RMS.aam

@MovieTheme_RMS.aam
@Movie_Orchestra.aam
@Movie_Theme.aam

@Nederlands.aam
@Nederlands_RMS.aam

@NewAge_Female.aam
@NewAge_Female_Slow.aam
@NewAge_Male.aam
@NewAge_Male_Slow.aam
@NewAge_RMS.aam

@NewWave_Female.aam
@NewWave_Female_Slow.aam
@NewWave_GuitarBand.aam
@NewWave_Male.aam
@NewWave_Male_Slow.aam
@NewWave_RMS.aam
@NewWave_Slow.aam

@Opera.aam
@Opera_RMS.aam

@Pop_Female.aam
@Pop_Female_Slow.aam
@Pop_Male.aam
@Pop_Male_Slow.aam
@Pop_RMS.aam
@Pop_Rock.aam

@Rap_Biggie.aam
@Rap_Club.aam
@Rap_Disco.aam
@Rap_Dutch.aam
@Rap_Emi.aam
@Rap_Female.aam
@Rap_Female_Slow.aam
@Rap_Hardstyle.aam
@Rap_Male.aam
@Rap_Male_Slow.aam
@Rap_OldSkool.aam
@Rap_Pop.aam
@Rap_RidingCar.aam
@Rap_RMS.aam
@Rap_RNB.aam
@Rap_Snoop.aam
@Rap_Soul.aam
@Rap_White.aam

@Reggae.aam
@Reggae_Acapella_Male.aam
@Reggae_Dancehall.aam
@Reggae_Dub.aam
@Reggae_Female.aam
@Reggae_Live.aam
@Reggae_Male.aam
@Reggae_RMS.aam
@Reggae_Slow.aam

@RNB_Female.aam
@RNB_Male.aam
@RNB_RMS.aam
@RNB_Slow.aam
@RNB_White.aam

@Rock_1950_1960.aam
@Rock_1960_1970.aam
@Rock_1970_1990.aam
@Rock_1990_2015.aam
@Rock_Alternative.aam
@Rock_Female.aam
@Rock_Female_Slow.aam
@Rock_Grunge.aam
@Rock_Indie.aam
@Rock_Indie_Slow.aam
@Rock_Instrumental.aam
@Rock_Live.aam
@Rock_Male.aam
@Rock_Male_Slow.aam
@Rock_Metal_Hard.aam
@Rock_Metal_Medium.aam
@Rock_Metal_Slow.aam
@Rock_Pop.aam
@Rock_Progressive.aam
@Rock_Punk.aam
@Rock_RMS.aam
@Rock_Slow.aam
@Rock_Voodoo.aam
@Rock_Voodoo_Slow.aam
@Rock_Zion.aam

@Sinterklaas.aam
@Sinterklaas_RMS.aam

@Slow_Female.aam
@Slow_Male.aam
@Slow_RMS.aam

@SingerSongwriter_Female.aam
@SingerSongwriter_Female_Slow.aam
@SingerSongwriter_Male.aam
@SingerSongwriter_Male_Slow.aam
@SingerSongwriter_RMS.aam

@Soul_Female.aam
@Soul_Male.aam
@Soul_Motown_Female.aam
@Soul_Motown_Female_Slow.aam
@Soul_Motown_Male.aam
@Soul_Motown_Male_Slow.aam
@Soul_Motown_Slow.aam
@Soul_Pop_Female.aam
@Soul_Pop_Male.aam
@Soul_RMS.aam
@Soul_White_Female.aam
@Soul_White_Male.aam

@Soundtrack.aam
@Soundtrack_RMS.aam

@Spanish_Female.aam
@Spanish_Love_International.aam
@Spanish_Male.aam
@Spanish_Male_Slow.aam
@Spanish_RMS.aam

@Spokenword_Female.aam
@Spokenword_Male.aam
@SpokenWord_RMS.aam

@StandupComedy_Female.aam
@StandupComedy_Male.aam
@StandupComedy_RMS.aam

@Vegas.aam
@Vegas_RMS.aam

@World_Female.aam
@World_Male.aam
@World_Male_Slow.aam
@World_RMS.aam


The AAMS V3 Mixing Reference Database Files with differences

Reference files found in subdirectories : V3 Mixing

BASS
DRUMS
GUITAR
PIANO
VOCALS

The Mixing database is highly experimental, because Mixing Tracks with AAMS Mastering Software is kind of under construction. But we like to give our users a hint what is coming up in later versions of aams and we would not underestimate our users for experimenting with this Mixing Database. This database is not generally used for Mastering purposes with AAMS.

As a Source is an *.aam file. A Reference is also an *.aam file (mostly an @ is used in the filename for references). The Style or Reference Database is installed with AAMS V3, usually in C:Program FilesAAMSAAMS FilesReferences or C:Program Files (x86)AAMSAAMS FilesReferences. Inside this directory are all RMS files and they are suitable for most mastering purposes. The full database is in the following directory C:Program FilesAAMSAAMS FilesReferencesReference Database.

The database was rewritten 28-01-2015.
All Files are copyrighted (C) 2004-2015, Sined Supplies Inc.
(Read the license agreement for details about copyrights etc).

AAMSspectrumANAheader1

Frequency Spectrum - Chart Tab

AAMSspectrumANAmain

Analyzer Suggestion - Frequency Spectrum

When a Source file and a Reference File are loaded, AAMS will directly calculatie Suggestions by comparing source and reference, to calculate between them the best settings for processing the source file in a mastered audio file. You can load Source and Reference data at any time and AAMS will recalculate its suggestions instantly. The suggestions are displayed on the Suggestion Tab in Charts and Text, so that you can also use any hardware outboard equipment and software plugins that you already own. Also for the visual aspect Charts and Graphs are created to make the user understand more and learn, even adjusting the Reference or the DSP-EQ Suggestion is possible. Based on the Analyzer results AAMS presents suggested Mastering, Equalizer, Compressor and Loudness settings. AAMS uses these suggested calculations for further processing towards the end result, a fully automatic mastering chain. These can be reviewed and edited by the user in many ways. All you need to master your mix to a perfect result. Simply spending the time to listen and understand AAMS suggestions can help you to improve your mixing and mastering. The suggestions based on Analyzer results are displayed here. Each time the state of the AAMS program changes due loading a file or user changes, AAMS will recalculate. The outcome of these calculations will display on the Suggestion Tab and related pages. AAMS does calculated suggestions on basis of the loaded Source compared to the Loaded Reference. Therefore if we can adjust the reference we can adjust the outcome (or have influence) on the source results. If quite often happens that AAMS is almost correct, but maybe the Vocals just are mixed a little bit high (harder) then the mix itself. Mostly it is better to fix the mix, by adjusting the mix. But when this cannot be undone or done, you can now correct the Spectrum of the Reference that has been loaded and save edited reference as a new reference for later use. Later on we will address the same procedure on adjusting the DSP-EQ that will work just about the same way. But however adjusting the Spectrum Reference might be a better more compatible way.

Spectrum Analyzer Chart Buttons

S- Shows only Source
R - Shows only Reference
S R - Shows Source and Reference
EQ - Shows only EQ Suggestions
EQ - Shows EQ, Source and Reference
Flat - Shows EQ Corrections
Off - Shows Left and Right
Left - Shows only Left Signals
Right - Shows only Right Signals
L R - Shows Left and Right (Reset)
Reset - Resets the Spectrum Chart

AAMSspectrumANAsourcefileloaded

Source File Loaded

Source File Name - The filename of the loaded source file
Source Balance L R - The balance in dB or -dB, from left to right. 0 dB is perfect balance!
RMS Peak Volume Left - the peak volume of the left channel in -dB
RMS Peak Volume Right - the peak volume of the right channel in -dB

Balance (Not Recommended) - To balance the source to 0dB (L R) not recommended, but can be handy trick.
Load Source - Loads a source with a popup window.
Save Source - Saves the source with a poput window.

AAMSspectrumANAreffileloaded

Reference File Loaded

Reference File Name - The filename of the loaded reference file
Reference Balance L R - The balance in dB or -dB, from left to right. 0 dB is perfect balance!
RMS Peak Volume Left - the peak volume of the left channel in -dB
RMS Peak Volume Right - the peak volume of the right channel in -dB

Balance - To balance the reference to 0dB (L R) not recommended, but can be handy trick.
Load Reference - Loads a reference with a popup window.
Save Reference - Saves the reference with a poput window.
Save Adjusted Reference - Saved the adjusted or edited referece with a popup window.

AAMSspectrumANAProperties

Spectrum Properties

Show - Shows Source, Reference, EQ or any combination.
Source - Shows Left, Right or both channels of the source.
Reference - Shows Left, Right or both channels of the reference.
Suggestion - Shows Left, Right or both channels of the EQ Suggestion.
Show All - Shows Left, Right or both channels of the Source, Reference and EQ Suggestion.

AAMSspectrumANAQfactor

Q-Factor Properties

The calculated Q-factor will automatically change accordingly to what DSP-EQ suggestion or preset is used. When the option Automatic Q-factor is set to manual (in the options Tab), you can change the Q-factor manually and set up the Parametric EQSuggestion for use with your own External Parametric EQ. Users who want to work manually with the qfactor within AAMS must be aware of side effects. When AAMS Parametric EQ Suggestion is switched to manual and you set the Q-factor, this will change the behavior of rest of the automated suggestions, (Graphic EQ, Compressor and DSP-EQ Settings). For this reason it is usually best to use an automatic Qfactor when using the internal AAMS DSP-EQ and DSP-Compressor.

AAMSspectrumANACommands

Commands

Load Source - Loads a source with a popup window
Load Reference - Loads a reference with a popup window
Save - Saves the Reference (original)
Save Adjusted Reference - Saves the adjusted or editted reference
Copy EQ Suggestion - Copy the EQ suggestion
Do Calculate Suggestion - Recalculates all AAMS Suggestion
Load Audio File - Loads an audio file into the DSP-EQ Player
Analyze Single Audio File - Analyzes an audio file with a popup window

AAMSspectrumANAfulldata

Source Difference VS Reference

Channels Left and Right get compared here from Source to Reference
Channel - Left and Right
Maximum - Maximum levels for left and right in dB.
Difference - Difference levels for left and right in dB.
Percent - Difference levels for left and right in percentages.

AAMSspectrumANAfulldata

Full Data

Load Full Data - Load the Full Data file (Source and Reference in one file).
Save Full Data - Saves a Full Data file (Source and Reference in one file).
Print Spectrum Chart - Prints the Spectrum chart only.

AAMSV3Spectrum

The loaded Source and Reference are displayed here. Under properties the Show function can be changed. Normally Source and Reference are displayed. But however there are more options to display. Source, Reference and 0 dB EQsuggestion. Showing the EQsuggestion can be worth full for users who need to know how the results display in one single chart. Source, Reference 0 dB Flatline. Showing the Reference as a Flatline 0 dB function, makes it easier to see the differences of the Source against the reference.  Also the slider (turn of the automatic Qfactor function first) changes the Q factor that is used to display Source and Reference.  The will change peak into more flat or more like peak. This Q Factor function does not affect calculations, but changes the displayed chart only.

Now it’s getting interesting. We have loaded the Source and adjusted the loaded Reference by adjusting the charts. Let’s play the sound that will come out on the soundcard and on our speakers or headphones. First we need to load the ‘Example Audio.wav’ file. Press Play and you will be asked for the audio file. Then AAMS will play the file. While playing you can still adjust the charts and AAMS will update calculations and suggestions. The audio that is being played, is played audio wise with the DSP-EQ Processor.

So be sure not to adjust the DSP-EQ Charts, because this will influence the outcome (we discuss the DSPEQ Processor later on). Basically you can adjust the Spectrum and Adjust the DSP-EQ, because both work in serial audio pipeline. Again, for Reference adjusting. Be sure you did nothing with the DSP-EQ settings. Now you have learned that you can be of influence and adjust the Reference Centre, Left and Right.

Therefore you can shape your own sound and use the same adjusted reference for other purposes! The example we have given you is only an example.  Using the reference adjust charts this way, and you raise or lower bass frequencies, this will have effect on the outcome (more or less bass frequencies). In the beginning we said that maybe the voice would stick out of the mix, by adjusting the correct frequencies you might have better results and lower some voice frequencies this way. A good start is using AAMS database and use RMS database presets. These are general presets. MostlyAAMS does a good job and maybe you must only adjust when this is really needed. You can save the adjusted reference for later use and therefore have your own preset sound, even the reference can be handy for later use on other tracks. The ‘save reference’ saves the reference without adjustments. The‘save adjusted reference’ saves the reference with adjustments.

AAMSV3DSPEQ

The DSP-EQ Graphic Equalizer Processor is used for processing the adjusted sound and can only be adjusted from -12dB to 12dB per EQ band. So in the real world (hearing audio) the lowest possible cutoff is -12dB by the DSP-EQ Equalizer. The highest possible boost per EQ band is 12dB.  So even when you use the Spectrum Reference Adjust Charts and DSP-EQ Adjust charts, the possible boost can only be between -12dB and 12dB on the outcome of the DSP-EQ Graphic Equalizer Processor.

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Equalizers Explained

An equaliser is designed to alter the tonal quality of audio passing through it, this by using a number of filter circuits. Filters are capable of applying gain to audio signals within specific frequency ranges, positive or negative, referred to a 'boost' or 'cut'. The more filters the better control over the whole frequency range in steps, but with crossovers in the filters there can be upcomming distortion. AAMS uses a linear spectrum equalizer with 100 filters, what basically means there is lot's of control and the sidewalls are so steap, the filtering does not affect each other. The quality of the AAMS DPS-EQ Spectrum Equalizer with 100 EQ Bands is very high and by our users atmitted as the one of the best EQ's around.

Suggestions are made by comparing source and reference, to calculate between them the best settings for processing the source file.

You can load Source and Reference data at any time and AAMS will recalculate its suggestions instantly. The suggestions are displayed on the Suggestion Tab in Charts and Text, so that you can also use any hardware outboard equipment and software plugins that you already own. Also for the visual aspect Charts and Graphs are created to make the user understand more and learn, even adjusting the Reference or the DSP-EQ Suggestion is possible. Based on the Analyzer results AAMS presents suggested Mastering, Equalizer, Compressor and Loudness settings. AAMS uses these suggested calculations for further processing towards the end result, a fully automatic mastering chain. These can be reviewed and edited by the user in many ways. All you need to master your mix to a perfect result. Simply spending the time to listen and understand AAMS suggestions can help you to improve your mixing and mastering. The suggestions based on Analyzer results are displayed here. Each time the state of the AAMS program changes due loading a file or user changes, AAMS will recalculate. The outcome of these calculations will display on the Suggestion Tab and related pages.

AAMS does calculated suggestions on basis of the loaded Source compared to the Loaded Reference. Therefore if we can adjust the reference we can adjust the outcome (or have influence) on the source results. If quite often happens that AAMS is almost correct, but maybe the Vocals just are mixed a little bit high (harder) then the mix itself. Mostly it is better to fix the mix, by adjusting the mix. But when this cannot be undone or done, you can now correct the Spectrum of the Reference that has been loaded and save edited reference as a new reference for later use. Later on we will address the same procedure on adjusting the DSP-EQ that will work just about the same way. But however adjusting the Spectrum Reference might be a better more compatible way.

AAMSV3AnalyzerEQSpectrum

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The Parametric EQ Page

This page shows you how to adjust a Parametric EQ accordingly to the analyzer suggestions. How to get a real Equalizer to play these settings is explained later. On the display red lines show Left EQ and blue lines show Right EQ. The darker red and blue lines are Q-factored and smoothed allowing you to set up a parametric EQ accordingly. It is possible to zoom-in (left click mouse and drag to right) and zoom-out (Right click mouse and drag to left), this way you can have a close look at EQ Settings within detailed frequency spectrum. For users who want to investigate and see, this can be a very good overview.

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Parametric EQ Properties

Shows the different status of EQ Suggestion into the chart.
Show - EQ Suggestion, EQ Final, EQ Suggestion-EQ Final.
EQ Suggestion - Pre Calculated EQ Suggestion.
EQ Final - The EQ Final Settings.

EQ Suggestion - Left, Right, Left-Right.
EQ Final - Left, Right, Left-Right.
All - Off, Left, Right, Left-Right.
Graphic EQ Show - Off, Mono, Left, Right, Left-Right, Left-Right-Mono.

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DSP-EQ Setup

AAMS 100 Band Graphic Equalizer (standard for AAMS Professional Version)
AAMS 50 Band Graphic Equalizer (locked standard for AAMS Freeware)
AAMS 25 Band Graphic Equalizer
AAMS 50 Band Graphic Equalizer
AAMS 15 Band Graphic Equalizer
Standard 31 Band Graphic Equalizer
Standard 61 Band Graphic Equalizer
Standard 15 Band Graphic Equalizer
Alesis 24 Band Graphic Equalizer
59 Bands Bottom End Graphic Equalizer
97 Bands Bottom End Graphic Equalizer
49 Bands Mid Lows Graphic Equalizer
41 Bands High Mids Graphic Equalizer
41 Bands Highs Graphic Equalizer
99 Bands Graphic Equalizer
Keys 86 Band Graphic Equalizer
Samsung 15 Band Graphic Equalizer
Firium 50 Band Graphic Equalizer
61 Band Graphic Equalizer
Sony Plugin 10 Band Graphic Equalizer
Sony Plugin 20 Band Graphic Equalizer
Winamp 11 Band Graphic Equalizer

AAMSeqdataProperties

Buttons

EQ Suggestion - Recalculates AAMS Analyzer EQ Suggestions.
EQ Final - Recalculates AAMS Analyzer DSP-EQ Final Settings.
Show All - Shows original state in the chart.
Reset All - Resets to original state in the chart.

EQ Suggestion - EQ S F All, Left, Right. 
EQ Final- Off Mono, Left, Right, L R.
ALL, Off, Left, Right, L R
Graphic EQ Show - Mono, Left, Right, L R.

50 Bands - Sets the DSP-EQ to 50 Bands AAMS Linear EQ.
100 Bands - Sets the DSP-EQ to 100 Bands AAMS Linear EQ.
97 Bottom - Sets the DSP-EQ to 97 Bands of Bottom End EQ.
Winamp - Sets the DSP-EQ to Winamp 10 Band EQ.
Print EQ Settings - Printout of all EQ Settings.
Print EQ Chart - Printout the EQ Chart.

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Q Factor Properties

In the Properties window you can change the display of the Q-Factor. The calculated Q-factor will automatically change accordingly to what DSP-EQ preset is used. When the option Automatic Q-factor is set to manual, you can change the Q-factor manually and set up the Parametric EQ Suggestion for use with your own External Parametric EQ. Users who want to work manually with the Qfactor within AAMS must be aware of side effects. When AAMS Parametric EQ Suggestion is switched to manual and you set the Q-factor, this will change the behavior of rest of the automated suggestions, (Graphic EQ, Compressor and DSP-EQ Settings). For this reason it is usually best to use an automatic Qfactor when using the internal AAMS DSP-EQ and DSP-Compressor.

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Commands

Load Source - Loads a source with a popup window.
Save Source - Saves the source with a popup window.
Load Reference - Loads a reference with a popup window.
Save Reference - Saves the reference with a popup window.

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The Graphic EQ Page (see DSP-EQ Processor)

This page shows you how to adjust a Graphic Equalizer with several EQ bands that can range from 1 to 100. You can select any of the EQ presets and in the properties window you can pre-select a Graphic Equalizer of your choice. The black lines on the display show Mono EQ, red lines show Left EQ and blue lines show Right EQ. These settings will be directly copied to the DSP-EQ. We will discuss the DSP-EQ later on, were you can listen to the outcome of your audio material with the AAMS internal DSP-EQ processor. The settings can be previewed and processed by the AAMS internal Players alike Analyzer and DSP-EQ, so you can hear the proposed changes. Processing is all done internally by aams, so an mastered outcome audio file is written to disk. The built-in DSP audio processing includes a 100-band DSP-EQ, 8-band DSP-Compressor and DSP-Loudness that can process audio in fully automatic, semi-automatic or manual modes. And AAMS will take care of all in between audio problems as clipping, dithering or normalizing.

The functions and processing of the DSP-EQ is not only doing EQ-ing, but in corporation with AAMS Analyzer will process first Spectrum and EQ results by calculations and processing made internally. Mid and Side processing (m/s) is being applied as well as normal EQ processing. The possible 100 band EQ is defining a more spectrum wise way of using EQ. AAMS automatic suggestions will tell DSP-EQ how to behave. So that the best balance and spectrum is possible, AAMS will compare source and reference, making decisions what frequencies to adjust to have the same sound. This is not a copy of the reference, the source and reference are compared by AAMS Analyzer to get the best sound without just copying from the reference spectrum.

The DSP-EQ takes these settings and will EQ spectrum the audio. Also DSP-EQ is accurate meaning straight and each Frequency Band is 41 steep. Next to each other they can form a 100 band EQ, and apply as much differences as possible, because of the higher band count. With the user functions to adjust source to reference and adjust the EQ, the user can make little corrections if needed. Select the DSP-EQ Tab, this represents a Graphic Equalizer that can have a single EQ band or up to 100 EQ Bands. The DSP-EQ also functions as a player for your audio material, just press Load Audio File or press Play and a window will pop up asking for a *.wav file to play. Press Stop to stop the player and press Pause to pause playing. On top of the faders is the Equalizer frequency band, lowering the faders below will change the gain of the EQ Frequency band in db. The first row of red Faders are adjusting all Left EQ frequencies and the second row of blue Faders are adjusting all Right EQ Frequencies. You can move the faders up or down and set all faders to 0dB with Zero All Faders, Zero Left, and Zero Right. If you already have loaded a Source and Reference, AAMS has calculated suggestions for the DSP-EQ and they can be copied with Copy EQ Suggestion. In this way you won’t have to set up the DSP-EQ yourself as AAMS does all the hard manual work for you automatically. Now you can listen to the differences that AAMS suggests. You can always turn OFF the EQ to hear the original audio material. You can also use Zero All Faders and Copy EQ suggestion to A/B your audio material.

AAMSV3AnalyzerCompressor

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The Compressor Page

This page shows you how to adjust a multi-band Compressor according to AAMS calculations. The Average Compression values for each band are displayed in a grid. Average Compression is the value the compressor lowers the gain while the threshold limits the audio gaining that goes through the compressor band. The more the compressor lowers gain in dB per compressor band is the average compression needed. It is not necessary to understand this in detail as AAMS features an internal DSP-Compressor were suggestions are automatically configured. You can also use tools like plugins or outboard equipment to set up your compressor accordingly to AAMS calculated Average Compression settings. Basically the intention is to lower the Compressor’s Threshold per Band to get the right amount of gain reduction. The ratio, attack and decay times are suggested, but you can use different settings as long as you refer to the Average Compression AAMS is suggesting per Compressor Band. The red lines and blue lines show Left and Right, the yellow line shows the Average Compression per Band. Following the yellow line and seeing the differences per band can help you see what band needs compression the most and what band does not. The display will show black for Mono settings and red and blue for stereo settings. You can select a compressor in the properties window. The DSP-Compressor is a 1-8 multi band Compressor, more on this later. The compressor suggestions are a good way to learn about compressor settings, also you can choose Izotop or Waves compressor settings, if you own those plugins. It is possible to zoom-in (left click mouse and drag to right) and zoom-out (Right click mouse and drag to left), this way you can have a close look at Compressor Settings within detailed frequency spectrum. For users who want to investigate and see, this can be a very good overview.

AAMSCsuggestionTable

Compession Suggestion

Compressor 8 Bands - The maximum for Multiband Compression is 8 Bands, all other multiband setups are less.
Start Frequency - The start frequency of the band filter (steap filter).
End Frequency - The ending frequency of the band filter (steap filter).
Attack Level - Attack level in ms per band.
Release Level - Release level in ms per band.
Ratio - The ratio determines how much compression is applied to a signal that goes over your threshold.
Measurements - Compression Levels Suggested in mono (L R = Mono).
Measurements L/R - Compression Levels Suggested for Left and Right channels.
Diviation - Percentage of the suggestion that is diviation, the unsure factor of the calculated compressor band suggestion.

AAMSCsuggestionProperties

Compressor Chart Properties

Channels - Left, Right, Left-Right
Legenda - Red and Blue, the input signal (source). Yellow and Green, the suggestion for compression.

Multiband Compressor Type

AAMS 8 Band Multiband Compressor - Standard for AAMS Professional.
AAMS 4 Band Multiband Compressor - Standard for AAMS Freeware (locked).
AAMS 1 Band Single Compressor - Standard Compressor with 1 Band.
AAMS 2 Band Multiband Compressor.
AAMS 3 Band Multiband Compressor.
AAMS 5 Band Multiband Compressor.
AAMS 6 Band Multiband Compressor.
AAMS 7 Band Multiband Compressor.
Izotope Ozone 4 Band Compressor.
Waves C4 Multiband Compressor.
Waves LINMB 5 Band Compressor.

AAMSCsuggestionCommands

Commands

Load Source - Loads a source with a popup window.
Save Source - Saves the source with a popup window.
Load Reference - Loads a reference with a popup window.
Save Reference - Saves the reference with a popup window.
Do Calculate Suggestion - Recalculates AAMS Analyzer Suggestions.
Print Compressor Chart - Prinout the compressor multiband chart.
Print Compressor Suggestion - Printout the Compressor Suggestion Table.

AAMSV3AnalyzerLoudnessData

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The Loudness Page

This page shows the overall loudness of the Source and Reference. Red and blue lines show Left and Right from the Source in db. Yellow and green lines Left and Right from the Reference in db. The highest lines show peaks and the lines below show RMS averages. From this you can see if the Source comes close to the Loudness of the Reference. Although it is not necessary to get the Source audio material as loud as the Reference, it is a good visual representation of how even your audio material sounds. The internal DSP Loudness processor will re-load and scan levels again when an audio file is loaded. The suggestions from the Loudness Suggestion Tab are not copied directly to the DSP-Loudness settings as the DSP-Loudness processor has its own routines for balance and gain. The grid display will show average and peaked level information in db. The loudness shown on this page is from the original analyzed audio file although the DSP-Loudness page will carry out its own analysis procedure and may differ in levels.

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Loudness Levels

Source - The AAMS Analyzed loudness levels for Source.
Reference - The AAMS Analyzed loudness levels for Reference.
L Peak - Peak level found for Left Channel.
R Peak - Peak level found for Right Channel.
L Max RMS - Maximum RMS Peak level found for Left Channel.
R Max RMS -Maximum RMS Peak level found for Right Channel.
L RMS - RMS level found for Left Channel.
R RMS - RMS level found for Right Channel.

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Loudness Properties

Source Left Peak - Shows Left Peaks for Source calculated in chart above. 
Source Right Peak - Shows Right Peaks for Source calculated in chart above.
Source Left-Right Peak - Shows Left and Right Peaks for Source calculated in chart above.
Reference Left Peak - Shows Left Peaks for Reference calculated in chart above.
Reference Right Peak - Shows Right Peaks for Reference calculated in chart above.
Reference Left-Right Peak - Shows Left and Right Peaks for Reference calculated in chart above.
Source Left RMS - Shows Left RMS Levels for Source calculated in chart above.
Source Right RMS - Shows Right RMS Levels for Source calculated in chart above.
Source Left-Right RMS - Shows Left and Right RMS Levels for Source calculated in chart above.
Source Reference Left RMS - Shows Left RMS Levels for Source and Reference calculated in chart above.
Source Reference Right RMS - Shows Right RMS Levels for Source and Reference calculated in chart above.
Source Reference Left-Right RMS - Shows Left and Right RMS Levels for Source and Reference calculated in chart above.
Show All (Peak and RMS - Shows Source and Reference, both RMS and Peak Levels.
Do Calculate Suggestion - Recalculates AAMS Analyzer Suggestions.

AAMSLsuggestionsCommands

Commands

Load Source - Loads a source with a popup window.
Save Source - Saves the source with a popup window.
Load Reference - Loads a reference with a popup window.
Save Reference - Saves the reference with a popup window.
Print - Print the loudness Levels table.

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Data Tab

The Data Tab displays all data for every AAMS Analyzer Suggestion. Equalizer Suggestions, Compressor Suggestions, Compressor Calculations, AAMS Effectiveness, Printing Documents. All data is presented here from AAMS Analyzer and its suggestions that are calculated.

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Equalizer Suggestion (Graphic EQ Preset)

Freq - Frequency Band (from EQ Preset).
Mono - Level Mono for EQ Band in dB (raise dB, lower -dB).
Left - Level Left Channel for EQ Band in dB (raise dB, lower -dB).
Right - Level Right Channel for EQ Band in dB (raise dB, lower -dB).

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Compressor Suggestions

Bands - Multiband (1 to 8 Maximum)
From - Start frequency of the multiband.
To - End frequency of the multiband.
Attack Level - Attack level in ms per band.
Release Level - Release level in ms per band.
Ratio - The ratio determines how much compression is applied to a signal that goes over your threshold.
Measurements - Compression Levels Suggested in mono (L R = Mono).
Measurements L/R - Compression Levels Suggested for Left and Right channels.
Deviation - Percentage of the suggestion that is deviation, the unsure factor of the calculated compressor band suggestion.
Quality - OK for Good or Excellent, Not OK for a miscalculation.

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Compressor Calculations

Multibands - Multiband (1 to 8 Maximum).
L Eff - Left Effectiveness in dB.
R Eff - Right Effectiveness in dB.
L Ave - Average Compression Level for Left.
R Ave - Average Compression Level for Right.
L Min - Minimum Compression Level for Left.
R Min - Minimum Compression Level for Right.
L Rms - Average Compression Level for Left.
R Rms - Average Compression Level for Right.
L R Max - Maximum Compression level for Left (R).
R R Max - Maximum Compression level for Right (R).
L Max - Maximum Compression level for Left.
R Max - Maximum Compression level for Right.
A Mono - Average Mono Compression Level.
C Mono - Mono Compression Level.
C Left - Left Compression Level
C Right - Right Compression Level.
X - Internal number for Frequency (0-1000).
Y - Internal number for Frequency (0-1000).
Freq 1 - Start Frequency of the filter band.
Freq 2 - End Frequency of the filter band.

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AAMS Effectiveness

Mono dB - Maximum deviation in Mono dB (L R). 
Left dB - Maximum deviation in Left dB.
Right dB - Maximum deviation in Left dB. 
Mono Percentage - Maximum deviation in Mono Percentage (L R).
Left Percentage - Maximum deviation in Left Percentage.
Right Percentage - Maximum deviation in Right Percentage.
Spectral Deviation - Spectral Deviation in maximum of dB.
Parametric Deviation - Parametric Deviation in maximum of dB.
Graphic Deviation - Graphic Deviation in maximum of dB.
Multiband Deviation - Multiband Deviation in maximum of dB.
Overall Deviation - Overall Deviation in maximum of dB.
Total Deviation - Total Deviation in percentage (close to 100%).

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Print Documents

Print Graphic EQ Settings - Printout of EQ Suggestions.
Print Compressor Suggestion - Printout of Compressor Suggestions.
Print Compressor Calculations - Printout of Compressor Calculations.
Print AAMS Effectiveness - Printout of how effective AAMS is.
Print Mastering Document - Printout of the last Mastering Document.
Print All Charts - Printout of All Charts.

 

AAMS Mastering Document

The mastering document is supplied with every master AAMS will output into a directory and is in TXT MSWORD format.

AAMS Auto Audio Mastering System - Mastering Document (Example)


Source File : example audio file.aam
Reference File : Mastering_RMS.aam


Equalizer Suggestion - Settings

(1) Freq. : 10 Hz M : -26,6 dB L : -26,6 dB R : -26,6 dB
(2) Freq. : 18 Hz M : -17,3 dB L : -17,3 dB R : -17,3 dB
(3) Freq. : 27 Hz M : -11,1 dB L : -11,1 dB R : -11,1 dB
(4) Freq. : 36 Hz M : -14,5 dB L : -14,6 dB R : -14,5 dB
(5) Freq. : 46 Hz M : -6,9 dB L : -6,9 dB R : -6,9 dB
(6) Freq. : 56 Hz M : -7,2 dB L : -7,2 dB R : -7,2 dB
(7) Freq. : 67 Hz M : -9,0 dB L : -8,9 dB R : -9,1 dB
(8) Freq. : 78 Hz M : -8,1 dB L : -8,0 dB R : -8,1 dB
(9) Freq. : 90 Hz M : -3,1 dB L : -3,0 dB R : -3,1 dB
(10) Freq. : 102 Hz M : -0,5 dB L : -0,5 dB R : -0,5 dB
(11) Freq. : 115 Hz M : -3,3 dB L : -3,3 dB R : -3,3 dB
(12) Freq. : 128 Hz M : -4,7 dB L : -4,8 dB R : -4,7 dB
(13) Freq. : 142 Hz M : -5,9 dB L : -6,0 dB R : -5,8 dB
(14) Freq. : 157 Hz M : 0,3 dB L : 0,3 dB R : 0,4 dB
(15) Freq. : 173 Hz M : 3,3 dB L : 3,3 dB R : 3,4 dB
(16) Freq. : 189 Hz M : 3,1 dB L : 3,1 dB R : 3,0 dB
(17) Freq. : 206 Hz M : 1,4 dB L : 1,3 dB R : 1,4 dB
(18) Freq. : 224 Hz M : 3,0 dB L : 2,8 dB R : 3,1 dB
(19) Freq. : 243 Hz M : 4,5 dB L : 4,0 dB R : 5,1 dB
(20) Freq. : 263 Hz M : 9,2 dB L : 9,1 dB R : 9,3 dB
(21) Freq. : 284 Hz M : 7,8 dB L : 8,1 dB R : 7,5 dB
(22) Freq. : 306 Hz M : 7,9 dB L : 8,0 dB R : 7,8 dB
(23) Freq. : 329 Hz M : 9,6 dB L : 9,7 dB R : 9,6 dB
(24) Freq. : 353 Hz M : 7,8 dB L : 7,8 dB R : 7,7 dB
(25) Freq. : 379 Hz M : 3,6 dB L : 3,6 dB R : 3,6 dB
(26) Freq. : 405 Hz M : 4,7 dB L : 4,1 dB R : 5,3 dB
(27) Freq. : 433 Hz M : 7,2 dB L : 6,7 dB R : 7,8 dB
(28) Freq. : 462 Hz M : 6,0 dB L : 6,3 dB R : 5,8 dB
(29) Freq. : 493 Hz M : 9,1 dB L : 9,4 dB R : 8,8 dB
(30) Freq. : 525 Hz M : 10,9 dB L : 10,7 dB R : 11,1 dB
(31) Freq. : 559 Hz M : 9,9 dB L : 9,9 dB R : 10,0 dB
(32) Freq. : 594 Hz M : 9,5 dB L : 9,3 dB R : 9,7 dB
(33) Freq. : 632 Hz M : 9,3 dB L : 9,2 dB R : 9,4 dB
(34) Freq. : 670 Hz M : 13,0 dB L : 13,0 dB R : 13,0 dB
(35) Freq. : 712 Hz M : 10,7 dB L : 10,4 dB R : 10,9 dB
(36) Freq. : 755 Hz M : 9,7 dB L : 9,8 dB R : 9,7 dB
(37) Freq. : 801 Hz M : 13,0 dB L : 13,0 dB R : 12,9 dB
(38) Freq. : 847 Hz M : 11,7 dB L : 11,8 dB R : 11,7 dB
(39) Freq. : 898 Hz M : 10,7 dB L : 10,6 dB R : 10,7 dB
(40) Freq. : 949 Hz M : 7,5 dB L : 7,5 dB R : 7,4 dB
(41) Freq. : 1005 Hz M : 9,2 dB L : 9,2 dB R : 9,2 dB
(42) Freq. : 1062 Hz M : 8,3 dB L : 8,2 dB R : 8,3 dB
(43) Freq. : 1124 Hz M : 4,7 dB L : 4,7 dB R : 4,8 dB
(44) Freq. : 1186 Hz M : 5,2 dB L : 5,3 dB R : 5,2 dB
(45) Freq. : 1254 Hz M : 4,3 dB L : 4,4 dB R : 4,3 dB
(46) Freq. : 1322 Hz M : 3,7 dB L : 3,7 dB R : 3,8 dB
(47) Freq. : 1379 Hz M : 2,8 dB L : 2,7 dB R : 2,8 dB
(48) Freq. : 1472 Hz M : 0,4 dB L : 0,4 dB R : 0,4 dB
(49) Freq. : 1555 Hz M : 0,9 dB L : 0,8 dB R : 0,9 dB
(50) Freq. : 1638 Hz M : 2,1 dB L : 2,1 dB R : 2,1 dB
(51) Freq. : 1729 Hz M : 2,7 dB L : 2,7 dB R : 2,7 dB
(52) Freq. : 1820 Hz M : 1,6 dB L : 1,5 dB R : 1,7 dB
(53) Freq. : 1920 Hz M : 2,4 dB L : 2,4 dB R : 2,5 dB
(54) Freq. : 2021 Hz M : 5,0 dB L : 5,0 dB R : 5,0 dB
(55) Freq. : 2132 Hz M : 5,2 dB L : 5,3 dB R : 5,2 dB
(56) Freq. : 2243 Hz M : 5,4 dB L : 5,4 dB R : 5,3 dB
(57) Freq. : 2364 Hz M : 5,0 dB L : 5,0 dB R : 5,0 dB
(58) Freq. : 2486 Hz M : 4,6 dB L : 4,5 dB R : 4,6 dB
(59) Freq. : 2620 Hz M : 5,3 dB L : 5,2 dB R : 5,3 dB
(60) Freq. : 2755 Hz M : 6,5 dB L : 6,5 dB R : 6,4 dB
(61) Freq. : 2903 Hz M : 6,3 dB L : 6,3 dB R : 6,3 dB
(62) Freq. : 3051 Hz M : 5,6 dB L : 5,6 dB R : 5,6 dB
(63) Freq. : 3214 Hz M : 5,9 dB L : 5,9 dB R : 6,0 dB
(64) Freq. : 3377 Hz M : 5,9 dB L : 5,9 dB R : 6,0 dB
(65) Freq. : 3556 Hz M : 6,7 dB L : 6,7 dB R : 6,7 dB
(66) Freq. : 3736 Hz M : 5,1 dB L : 5,0 dB R : 5,1 dB
(67) Freq. : 3933 Hz M : 4,6 dB L : 4,5 dB R : 4,7 dB
(68) Freq. : 4131 Hz M : 3,8 dB L : 3,8 dB R : 3,9 dB
(69) Freq. : 4349 Hz M : 3,0 dB L : 3,0 dB R : 3,0 dB
(70) Freq. : 4567 Hz M : 3,9 dB L : 3,9 dB R : 3,8 dB
(71) Freq. : 4806 Hz M : 4,3 dB L : 4,3 dB R : 4,3 dB
(72) Freq. : 5046 Hz M : 2,9 dB L : 2,9 dB R : 2,9 dB
(73) Freq. : 5310 Hz M : 2,3 dB L : 2,2 dB R : 2,3 dB
(74) Freq. : 5575 Hz M : 0,8 dB L : 0,8 dB R : 0,8 dB
(75) Freq. : 5866 Hz M : 1,3 dB L : 1,3 dB R : 1,2 dB
(76) Freq. : 6157 Hz M : 2,5 dB L : 2,4 dB R : 2,5 dB
(77) Freq. : 6478 Hz M : 3,0 dB L : 3,0 dB R : 3,1 dB
(78) Freq. : 6799 Hz M : 2,5 dB L : 2,5 dB R : 2,5 dB
(79) Freq. : 7152 Hz M : 3,5 dB L : 3,5 dB R : 3,5 dB
(80) Freq. : 7505 Hz M : 4,2 dB L : 4,2 dB R : 4,2 dB
(81) Freq. : 7894 Hz M : 4,5 dB L : 4,5 dB R : 4,5 dB
(82) Freq. : 8283 Hz M : 5,2 dB L : 5,2 dB R : 5,2 dB
(83) Freq. : 8712 Hz M : 5,0 dB L : 4,9 dB R : 5,0 dB
(84) Freq. : 9141 Hz M : 2,8 dB L : 2,8 dB R : 2,9 dB
(85) Freq. : 9613 Hz M : 2,4 dB L : 2,4 dB R : 2,4 dB
(86) Freq. : 10085 Hz M : 2,2 dB L : 2,1 dB R : 2,2 dB
(87) Freq. : 10605 Hz M : 1,8 dB L : 1,7 dB R : 1,9 dB
(88) Freq. : 11125 Hz M : 1,5 dB L : 1,4 dB R : 1,5 dB
(89) Freq. : 11698 Hz M : 2,7 dB L : 2,6 dB R : 2,8 dB
(90) Freq. : 12271 Hz M : 3,5 dB L : 3,3 dB R : 3,6 dB
(91) Freq. : 12902 Hz M : 2,8 dB L : 2,7 dB R : 3,0 dB
(92) Freq. : 13533 Hz M : 3,2 dB L : 3,1 dB R : 3,3 dB
(93) Freq. : 14228 Hz M : 3,6 dB L : 3,6 dB R : 3,5 dB
(94) Freq. : 14924 Hz M : 5,1 dB L : 5,2 dB R : 5,0 dB
(95) Freq. : 15689 Hz M : 5,0 dB L : 5,1 dB R : 4,8 dB
(96) Freq. : 16455 Hz M : 2,9 dB L : 2,9 dB R : 2,9 dB
(97) Freq. : 17299 Hz M : 2,2 dB L : 2,1 dB R : 2,3 dB
(98) Freq. : 18143 Hz M : 1,5 dB L : 1,6 dB R : 1,4 dB
(99) Freq. : 19046 Hz M : 4,0 dB L : 4,0 dB R : 4,0 dB
(100) Freq. : 20000 Hz M : 7,2 dB L : 7,1 dB R : 7,3 dB


Compressor Suggestion - Settings

Compressor Band : 1
Start Frequency : 5,3 Hz
End Frequency : 92,1 Hz
Compression M : 0,3 dB
Compression Left : 0,4 dB
Compression Right : 0,3 dB

Compressor Band : 2
Start Frequency : 92,1 Hz
End Frequency : 504,1 Hz
Compression M : 1,0 dB
Compression Left : 0,9 dB
Compression Right : 1,1 dB

Compressor Band : 3
Start Frequency : 504,1 Hz
End Frequency : 1008,2 Hz
Compression M : 1,2 dB
Compression Left : 1,2 dB
Compression Right : 1,2 dB

Compressor Band : 4
Start Frequency : 1008,2 Hz
End Frequency : 2000,0 Hz
Compression M : 1,2 dB
Compression Left : 1,2 dB
Compression Right : 1,2 dB

Compressor Band : 5
Start Frequency : 2000,0 Hz
End Frequency : 4000,5 Hz
Compression M : 2,4 dB
Compression Left : 2,4 dB
Compression Right : 2,3 dB

Compressor Band : 6
Start Frequency : 4000,5 Hz
End Frequency : 8001,7 Hz
Compression M : 1,6 dB
Compression Left : 1,6 dB
Compression Right : 1,7 dB

Compressor Band : 7
Start Frequency : 8001,7 Hz
End Frequency : 12089,1 Hz
Compression M : 3,5 dB
Compression Left : 3,5 dB
Compression Right : 3,5 dB

Compressor Band : 8
Start Frequency : 12089,1 Hz
End Frequency : 20000,0 Hz
Compression M : 3,6 dB
Compression Left : 3,7 dB
Compression Right : 3,6 dB


DSP-EQ Results

Fader End Volume L : -3,4 dB
Fader End Volume R : -3,4 dB


DSP-Compressor Results

Hunting Repeats : 4 / 10

Compressor band : 1
Start Frequency : 5,3 Hz
End Frequency : 92,1 Hz
Suggestion Mono : 0,3 dB

Suggestion Left : 0,4 dB
Measured Left : -0,4 dB
Differences Left : 0,0 dB
Threshold Left : -3,5 dB
AGC Correct Left : OK.

Suggestion Right : 0,3 dB
Measured Right : -0,3 dB
Differences Right : 0,0 dB
Threshold Right : -3,5 dB
AGC Correct Right : OK.


Compressor band : 2
Start Frequency : 92,1 Hz
End Frequency : 504,1 Hz
Suggestion Mono : 1,0 dB

Suggestion Left : 0,9 dB
Measured Left : -0,9 dB
Differences Left : 0,0 dB
Threshold Left : -4,1 dB
AGC Correct Left : OK.

Suggestion Right : 1,1 dB
Measured Right : -1,1 dB
Differences Right : 0,0 dB
Threshold Right : -4,1 dB
AGC Correct Right : OK.


Compressor band : 3
Start Frequency : 504,1 Hz
End Frequency : 1008,2 Hz
Suggestion Mono : 1,2 dB

Suggestion Left : 1,2 dB
Measured Left : -1,2 dB
Differences Left : 0,0 dB
Threshold Left : -4,9 dB
AGC Correct Left : OK.

Suggestion Right : 1,2 dB
Measured Right : -1,2 dB
Differences Right : 0,0 dB
Threshold Right : -4,9 dB
AGC Correct Right : OK.


Compressor band : 4
Start Frequency : 1008,2 Hz
End Frequency : 2000,0 Hz
Suggestion Mono : 1,2 dB

Suggestion Left : 1,2 dB
Measured Left : -1,2 dB
Differences Left : 0,0 dB
Threshold Left : -5,0 dB
AGC Correct Left : OK.

Suggestion Right : 1,2 dB
Measured Right : -1,2 dB
Differences Right : 0,0 dB
Threshold Right : -5,0 dB
AGC Correct Right : OK.


Compressor band : 5
Start Frequency : 2000,0 Hz
End Frequency : 4000,5 Hz
Suggestion Mono : 2,4 dB

Suggestion Left : 2,4 dB
Measured Left : -2,4 dB
Differences Left : 0,0 dB
Threshold Left : -6,6 dB
AGC Correct Left : OK.

Suggestion Right : 2,3 dB
Measured Right : -2,3 dB
Differences Right : 0,0 dB
Threshold Right : -6,6 dB
AGC Correct Right : OK.


Compressor band : 6
Start Frequency : 4000,5 Hz
End Frequency : 8001,7 Hz
Suggestion Mono : 1,6 dB

Suggestion Left : 1,6 dB
Measured Left : -1,6 dB
Differences Left : 0,0 dB
Threshold Left : -5,8 dB
AGC Correct Left : OK.

Suggestion Right : 1,7 dB
Measured Right : -1,7 dB
Differences Right : 0,0 dB
Threshold Right : -5,8 dB
AGC Correct Right : OK.


Compressor band : 7
Start Frequency : 8001,7 Hz
End Frequency : 12089,1 Hz
Suggestion Mono : 3,5 dB

Suggestion Left : 3,5 dB
Measured Left : -3,5 dB
Differences Left : 0,0 dB
Threshold Left : -6,7 dB
AGC Correct Left : OK.

Suggestion Right : 3,5 dB
Measured Right : -3,5 dB
Differences Right : 0,0 dB
Threshold Right : -6,7 dB
AGC Correct Right : OK.


Compressor band : 8
Start Frequency : 12089,1 Hz
End Frequency : 20000,0 Hz
Suggestion Mono : 3,6 dB

Suggestion Left : 3,7 dB
Measured Left : -3,7 dB
Differences Left : 0,0 dB
Threshold Left : -6,2 dB
AGC Correct Left : OK.

Suggestion Right : 3,6 dB
Measured Right : -3,6 dB
Differences Right : 0,0 dB
Threshold Right : -6,2 dB
AGC Correct Right : OK.

DSP-Compressor AGC Status

All AGC Correct!

Fader End Volume : 0.00 dB
Fader End Balance : 0.00 dB


DSP-Loudness Results

Master End Balance : 0,00 dB
Master End Loudness : 0,21 dB
DSP-Loudness Results

Master End Balance : 0,00 dB
Master End Loudness : 0,04 dB

AAMSV3Options

AAMS Mastering Options

On Program Startup

Startup - Create Desktop Icon
Creates an icon for AAMS on your desktop. This icon is also created at installation Start up.

Create Startup Icon
Creates an icon for AAMS in the Start Menu. This icon is created at installation.

AAMS Options

Show Status Messages in Status tab - Standard to ON. Shows the status messages in AAMS Status Tab. The status messages are mainly to indicate AAMS progress. And serves as a purpose for debugging.

Save Processor Time while Mastering is Busy - Standard to ON. This reduces a bit of processing power that is needed for playback, but not needed while AAMS is mastering. Therefore reduces processortime when AAMS is mastering.

AAMS Display Visual Skin Colors
The user can choose a different skinfile by clicking the button and choosing a skin file for AAMS.
This will change the looks and feel of AAMS. Standard is AAMS3.ssk.

AAMSoptionsAlg

Audio Mastering and Processing

Reset Volume Faders for all DSP-Processors
By default ON. This feature ensures by start of processing that all faders are reset to initial values. So it resets all faders to standard AAMS settings again before each mastering start. If you touched the faders, they will be reset before starting processing. You can turn this feature OFF when you are using manual mastering  (nut don't turn this to Off when you don't know what your are doing, it is not recommended.

Show Audio Filename on Top Row
Shows the audio filename on the top of AAMS Auto Audio Mastering System and extends the text with the audio filename you have loaded or the filename AAMS is busy with mastering.

Turn Off Status Busy Message
Turns the busy message Off (not recommended).

Hide DOS Commands Windows
Cannot be changed.

Minimize DOS Commands Windows
Cannot be changed.

AAMS Audio Processing DSP Audio Output File(s)

Create MP3 or WAV Mastered File
By default OFF. When you need and MP3 file created by AAMS of the end master result, turn ON ' Convert _Master to MP3'. Then choose the Bitrate of your MP3 file (128 kbs to 320 kbs), by turning the appropriate setting ON. For WAV format choose 16 or 32 bit.

Convert DSP EQ to MP3
When set and AAMS is mastering or you use DSP-EQ to record (output files), the recording audio file will be saved as MP3 file.

Convert DSP EQ to 16 Bit WAV
When set and AAMS is mastering or you use DSP-EQ to record (output files), the recording audio file will be saved as WAV format 16 bit file.

Convert DSP EQ to 32 Bit Float WAV
When set and AAMS is mastering or you use DSP-EQ to record (output files), the recording audio file will be saved as WAV format 32 bit float file.

Convert DSP Compressor to MP3
When set and AAMS is mastering or you use DSP-Compressor to record (output files), the recording audio file will be saved as MP3 file.

Convert DSP Compressor to 16 Bit WAV
When set and AAMS is mastering or you use DSP-Compressor to record (output files), the recording audio file will be saved as WAV format 16 bit file.

Convert DSP Compressor to 32 Bit Float WAV
When set and AAMS is mastering or you use DSP-Compressor to record (output files), the recording audio file will be saved as WAV format 32 bit float file.

Convert DSP Loudness Gain to MP3
When set and AAMS is mastering or you use DSP-Loudness Gain to record (output files), the recording audio file will be saved as MP3 file.

Convert DSP Loudness Gain to 16 Bit WAV
When set and AAMS is mastering or you use DSP-Loudness Gain to record (output files), the recording audio file will be saved as WAV format 16 bit file.

Convert DSP Loudness to 32 Bit Float WAV
When set and AAMS is mastering or you use DSP-Loudness to Gain record (output files), the recording audio file will be saved as WAV format 32 bit float file.

Convert DSP Loudness Balnce to MP3
When set and AAMS is mastering or you use DSP-Loudness to Balance record (output files), the recording audio file will be saved as MP3 file.

Convert DSP Loudness Balance to 16 Bit WAV
When set and AAMS is mastering or you use DSP-Loudness to Balance record (output files), the recording audio file will be saved as WAV format 16 bit file.

Convert DSP Loudness Balance to 32 Bit Float WAV
When set and AAMS is mastering or you use DSP-Loudness to Balance record (output files), the recording audio file will be saved as WAV format 32 bit float file.

Save Mastering Document after Mastering
By default ON. This feature will create a full mastering document (*.doc) in the directory were AAMS is processing your audio files. This document can tell you all settings AAMS used while mastering your track. The document is saved alongside your original file in the same directory. This document can be used for learning and mixing / mastering purposes. Also this document tells you the mastering end results for all DSP processing Features of AAMS. When not needed, you can turn this feature OFF.

AAMSoptionsMpurpose

Mastering Purpose Setup

There are 7 buttons to choose from, AAMS will setup itself to according settings. Instead of fiddling with AAMS separate options, you can choose AAMS Settings for Mastering Purposes directly by clicking on one of these 7 buttons and saving the options. The mastering purposes can be different for a user, because for normal mastering of 1 single track or mastering for an full album or collection. This is shown as (Single Files) or (Album) in the buttons name. By default AAMS is setup for Full Automatic Mastering for Single Files (without any user interference or control over AAMS suggestions or processing). 

Back to defaults (Installed Values)
Will turn the whole AAMS Options towards original basic settings. The basic settings are for Auto Mastering Features or Single File Automatic Mastering. This is a standard setup for AAMS as it was installed. Use ' Back to defaults' when you are not sure anymore and you changed settings in AAMS options. AAMS will return to original settings. Use Save Options to write the options file and you are back to AAMS defaults at each startup of AAMS. Whilst you do not change settings afterwards, you can revert to the standard setup by clicking Back to Defaults and then Save Options (Buttons).

Automatic Mastering (Single File)
This button will setup AAMS for full automatic mastering as intended (as by AAMS installation).  Use this setting for each audio file to be corrected and mastered by AAMS for full best sound possible (on all speaker systems). Single Files means single tracks that do not need coherence between them, because you want then to be mastered as best as AAMS can. This Single File mastering setup can be good for Audio that spread on the internet or streaming services. Mostly as MP3 or some kind of packed audio data. Also it is a good setup for audio collections of MP3 files to be remasterd (like using for Batch Mastering Multibple files at once). As long a you understand it is Full AAMS mastering and for Single File(s). Use Save Options to write these options settings.

Automatic Mastering (Albums)
This button will setup AAMS for full automatic mastering as intended for Albums or Collections. This setting is for when you are mastering for Albums (sets of single tracks that need coherence between each other as a whole. Mostly an Album will explain much with 16 tracks but released by an single artist or band, DJ or performing act. The main thing here is that AAMS will Analyze and take all the tracks inside the collection or album, and master with an overall reference in mind. So AAMS will master each track as best, but within coherence of the Album. That is a bit different then Mastering for Single Files. When you need the same processing to be done by AAMS on a set of audio files that have the same purpose (they are forming an Album, they are common to each other), use this setting. Use Save Options to write these options settings

Semi-Automatic Mastering (Single File)
This button will setup AAMS for semi-automatic mastering, use this setting for each audio file to be correct for full best sound. Use this setting for each audio file to be corrected and mastered by AAMS for full best sound possible (on all speaker systems). Single Files means single tracks that do not need coherence between them, because you want then to be mastered as best as AAMS can. This Single File mastering setup can be good for Audio that spread on the internet or streaming services. Mostly as MP3 or some kind of packed audio data. Also it is a good setup for audio collections of MP3 files to be remasterd (like using for Batch Mastering Multibple files at once).The Realtime Analyzer is now turned ON for DSP-EQ and DSP-Compressor. These give the user some more input on AAMS Analzyer, DSP-EQ and DSP-Compressor visualisation when playing audio files and to adjust AAMS parameters. Use Save Options to write these options settings. 

Semi-Automatic Mastering (Album)
This button will setup AAMS for semi-automatic mastering. This setting is for when you are mastering for Albums (sets of single tracks that need coherence between each other as a whole. Mostly an Album will explain much with 16 tracks but released by an single artist or band, DJ or performing act. The main thing here is that AAMS will take all the tracks inside the collection or album, and master with an overall reference in mind. So AAMS will master each track as best, but within coherence of the Album. When you need the same processing to be done by AAMS on a set of audio files that have the same purpose (they are forming an Album), use this setting. The Realtime Analyzer is now turned ON for DSP-EQ and DSP-Compressor. These give the user some more input on AAMS Analzyer, DSP-EQ and DSP-Compressor visualisation when playing audio files and to adjust AAMS parameters. The output files of AAMS Mastering becomes much more by adding in-between files that do come from DSP-EQ, DSP-Compressor and DSP-Balancing and DSP-Loudness. Therefore the user can have acces to all files that AAMS can save including the inbetween files (in between AAMS processing) and the Mastered Outcome. Use Save Options to write these options settings.

Manual Mastering (Single File)
This button will setup AAMS for manual mastering Single Files, use this setting for each audio file to be correct for full best sound. The user is expected to know about audio mastering, but the AAMS software will still be helping by Mastering or doing suggestions. The user is free to setup AAMS and adjust parameters. Mostly the user is recommended to use DSP-EQ Recording, DSP-Compresor Recording and DSP-Balance and DSP-Loudness Recording. These are 3 steps that complete an audio mastering inside AAMS Software. But the user can still use Automatic Mastering functions of AAMS, even do a complete full automatic mastering. The Realtime Analyzer is now turned ON for DSP-EQ and DSP-Compressor. These give the user some more input on AAMS Analzyer, DSP-EQ and DSP-Compressor visualisation when playing audio files and to adjust AAMS parameters. The output files of AAMS Mastering becomes much more by adding in-between files that do come from DSP-EQ, DSP-Compressor and DSP-Balancing and DSP-Loudness. Therefore the user can have acces to all files that AAMS can save including the inbetween files (in between AAMS processing) and the Mastered Outcome. Use Save Options to write these options settings.

Manual Mastering (Album)
This button will setup AAMS for manual mastering for Albums. When you need the same processing to be done by AAMS on a set of audio files that have the same purpose (they are forming an Album), use this setting. The user is expected to know about audio mastering, but the AAMS software will still be helping by Mastering or doing suggestions. The user is free to setup AAMS and adjust parameters. Mostly the user is recommended to use DSP-EQ Recording, DSP-Compresor Recording and DSP-Balance and DSP-Loudness Recording. These are 3 steps that complete an audio mastering inside AAMS Software. But the user can still use Automatic Mastering functions of AAMS, even do a complete full automatic mastering. The output files of AAMS Mastering becomes much more by adding in-between files that do come from DSP-EQ, DSP-Compressor and DSP-Balancing and DSP-Loudness. Therefore the user can have acces to all files that AAMS can save including the inbetween files (in between AAMS processing) and the Mastered Outcome.The Realtime Analyzer is now turned ON for DSP-EQ and DSP-Compressor. These give the user some more input on AAMS Analzyer, DSP-EQ and DSP-Compressor visualisation when playing audio files and to adjust AAMS parameters. Use Save Options to write these options settings.

AAMSoptionsSave

Settings (Write All Settings + Mastering Purpose Setup)

Load Options
Loads options settings from disk. Reloads the AAMS.INA file and restores the options. This feature can be used when you need to reset AAMS options.

Save Options
Saves options settings to disk. Saves all options in the AAMS.INA file. This feature must be used when you changed any option as mentioned above. You can restore AAMS defaults in the preferences tab.

Back To Defaults
Initialize Options to default settings.

AAMS Program Options

The Program path, Program name and Windows Path list directories that cannot be changed.

Check Windows Version
Allows the Windows Version number to show. This feature is for the user and debugging purposes.

Show Program Path
Shows the AAMS direcory where AAMS is working in (as default directory).

Turn Off Monitor
Turn Off the Monitor (dont try if you cant turn your monitor On again!).

Turn On Monitor
Turns the Monitor Back On.

Screensaver On
Runs the screensaver from Windows.

Screensaver Off 
Turn the screensaver Off.

Soundcard
This sets the default playback soundcard for AAMS. AAMS does all processing inside the AAMS program. The soundcard is only needed to play audio and to listen. The availability of a soundcard is not needed, AAMS does all processing internally. Button - Reset Soundcard.

Internet Connection
Show if you have internet in Windows and if it is working correctly. This is a check that AAMS can download updates.

Check for AAMS Updates
Checks for AAMS updates (newer versions available from www.curioza.com. If so AAMS will ask you to download.

Check Internet Connection
Checks the internet connection of your windows again.

Memory Readout
For debugging purposes, the author or software support can ask you to turn on this option. Mainly the user does not have to turn on this feature when not asked for. This feature measures memory and file handles while aams is processing. The log file will be save to disk, for later use by software support or debugging purposes. This is only needed for debugging sessions of AAMS. The user has no gain by turning this ON. Rather let it stay Off (unchecked). But however for debigging and problem finding of AAMS support, the user can be asked to turn this On.

Processor Information
Shows the Processor of your computer, the info readout of the processor name and brand, id, etc. The last row AAMS Calculations and DSP system (64bits or 32bits) decides the calculation density for AAMS.

AAMSoptionsSave

Settings, Save Options
Saves all options in the AAMS.INA file. This feature must be used when you changed any option as mentioned above. You can restore AAMS defaults in the preferences tab.

Settings, Load Options
Reloads the AAMS.INA file and restores the options. This feature can be used when you need to reset AAMS options.

Back to Defaults
Resets AAMS to basic installation defaults.

Refresh, refreshes the screen and basic processing functions.

Stop All Processing, this is the button to hit whem you need AAMS to stop what it is processing or doing. AAMS will stop or be halted. If this is needed (hitting the Stop button repeatedly) then you may want to restart AAMS also to be in its default state of startup again.

AAMSoptionsAnalyzer

DSP-Analyzer Options Tab

Balance Source (Not Recommended)
Balances the Source before AAMS Calculates the suggestions.

Loading - Balance Reference
Balances the Reference before AAMS Calculates the suggestions.

Loading - Adjust Source to Reference
Source is adjusted before AAMS calculates the suggestions.

Adjust Reference to Source (Not Recommended)
Reference is adjusted (Not Recommended) before AAMS calculates the suggestions.

Source/Reference - Show Preview Graphs and Preview Audio
Shows chart in Analyzer Tab, Source and Reference Tabs.

Source/Reference - Play Preview Audio Files
Plays a selected file in the Analyzer Tab.

Spectrum Automatic Q-Factor
The Q-Factor of the Spectrum Analyzer is automatically set. Turn this OFF to input your own Qfactor.

Parametric EQ - Automatic Q-Factor
The Q-Factor of the Parametric EQ is automatically set. Turn this OFF to input your own Qfactor.

True Mono Mode (No Balancing)
Sets AAMS to work in mono mode, this can work good on audio that is recorded very differenty with left right middle settings that are panned. Like drums on the left and vocals hard right (example). With the mono mode AAMS will apply mono settings calculated from left and right channels and re-applies them for both channels (left and right) equally. So this may not hurt the left right balance the mix was originally intended for. This settings keeps the balance of the original recording audio source, and does not do anything to correct the balance.

Show Original x-axxis
Shows the x-xxis from the spectrum analyzer (not in Frequency Hz like standard).

AAMSoptionsSave

Settings, Save Options
Saves all options in the AAMS.INA file. This feature must be used when you changed any option as mentioned above. You can restore AAMS defaults in the preferences tab.

Settings, Load Options
Reloads the AAMS.INA file and restores the options. This feature can be used when you need to reset AAMS options.

AAMSoptionsDspEQ

DSP-EQ Options Tab

Reset Volume Faders before Offline Hunting
By default ON. This feature will reset all DSP-EQ faders to original AAMS positions. When manual mastering or setting are applied by using AAMS manually, turn OFF.

After Suggestion -> Copy EQ Settings
After AAMS Suggestions are calculated or refreshed the EQ-Suggestions are automatically copied. Disable this option if you want to listen to the original audio material first. By default ON. This feature will reset all DSP-EQ faders to original AAMS positions. Then the faders are set to AAMS Suggestions that are pre-calculated from the Analyzer outcome. When manual mastering or setting are applied by using AAMS manually, turn OFF.

Auto Lower Gain on Overflow when Playing.
When the DSP-Compressor is used to play audio, AAMS DSP-EQ will automatically lower the gain if the signal becomes too loud > -0.1dB. By default ON. This feature will reduce the level when clipping occurs. This is automatically done by AAMS processing (hunting and processing EQ). Basically no need to turn OFF, only turn OFF when you know what you are doing. So for ensuring AAMS is not creating or passing digital distortion by going over 0dB, you better leave this setting ON.

Auto Lower Gain on Overflow when Hunting.
While AAMS is mastering with DSP-Compressor or the user is Recording the DSP-Compressor, AAMS DSP-EQ will automatically lower the gain if the signal becomes too loud > -0.1dB. By default ON. This feature will reduce the level when clipping occurs. This is automatically done by AAMS processing (hunting and processing EQ). Basically no need to turn OFF, only turn OFF when you know what you are doing.

Hunting On Overflow Rewind -20% of Playtime
When playing audio trough the DSP-EQ. This feature is important for AAMS mastering and playing the DSP-EQ. It protects the overflows of maximum audio power (by going over 0dB digital border) and reduces the overall volume before DSP-EQ processing chain. Each time in Playing Audio and the Overflow Leds turn from Green to Red, the volume is lowered. Also the playtime is setback for -20% therefore the audio is repeated (and can be lowered again if needed). The -20% will passes if no overflows do occur. So for ensuring AAMS is not creating or passing digital distortion by going over 0dB, you better leave this setting ON.

Mono Mode
For DSP-EQ processing in mono mode, the balancing is kept original when this feature is ON. It is not recommended but can be handy for audio that has stranger settings for left and right audio channels. Standard is Off. When you have left and right channels on a source file that is so different from each other, it can't be counted as equal, then maybe no balancing is a better deal to master the track.

Apply Low Cutoff Filter (This will bring the setup of AAMS DSP-EQ with a little cut below < 30 Hz, this can save some headroom by reducing the bottom end (not needed frequencies). Mostly what is below < 30 Hz is rumble and really low base sounds. Standard the < 30 Hz filter setting is ON.

Apply Low Cutoff Filter (This will bring the setup of AAMS DSP-EQ with a little cut below < 25 Hz, this can save some headroom by reducing the bottom end (not needed frequencies). Mostly what is below < 25 Hz is rumble and really low base sounds. Standard the < 25 Hz filter setting is Off.

Apply Low Cutoff Filter (This will bring the setup of AAMS DSP-EQ with a little cut below < 20 Hz, this can save some headroom by reducing the bottom end (not needed frequencies). Mostly what is below < 20 Hz is rumble and really low base sounds. Standard the < 20 Hz filter setting is Off.

Apply Low Cutoff Filter (This will bring the setup of AAMS DSP-EQ with a little cut below < 15 Hz, this can save some headroom by reducing the bottom end (not needed frequencies). Mostly what is below < 15 Hz is rumble and really low base sounds. Standard the < 15 Hz filter setting is Off.

Normalize Before Playing
When loading an audio file into the DSP-EQ the file will be Normalized. Standard is ON.

Normalize Before Processing
When AAMS is mastering the source file will be Normalized. Standard is ON.

Normalize After Processing
When AAMS is mastering the source file will be Normalized after DSP-EQ processing is done. Standard is Off.

AAMS Equal Loudness Curves
Standard is ON. This helps the DSP-EQ Suggestion to be accoring to the AAMS Equal Loudness Curves dirrived from ISO226 Loudness Curves or the Fletcher Munson Curves. Main this helps the EQ to be in accordance with the Loudness Curves for Human Hearing, what means if AAMS changes EQ it will do it with the AAMS Loudness Curves in mind. Turned Off, the DSP-EQ suggestions will be straightforward EQ.

DSP-EQ Power Factor from AAMS Loudness Curves
The EQ power factor (how much 1dB raising or lowering the EQ settings will produce in dB) can be changed below.
This feature is according to the ISO226 Loudness Curves and Fletcher Munson. When furned Off, the DSP-EQ suggestions will be straightforward EQ. The standard Power Factor is AAMS Normal : 1.0x. Changing can apply more or less power to EQ processing. Basically AAMS is based on 1x EQ power, like all EQ will do, leave this setting. Experiment only when you need to.

Bias Suggestions correct to zero Frequency Domain
The EQ suggestions can be of a kind that bottom end is raised or lowered so it will affect the whole audio in volume that much, also it can overflow the EQ and create some distortion. To reduce the Frequency Domain distortions, AAMS will calculate lowering in volumes for Left, Right and Mono channels, and reduces them while processing or mastering.

Bias Suggestions correct to AAMS Loudness ISO226 Fletcher Factor
This will be acoording to the AAMS Loudness Curves Factor. The EQ suggestions can be of a kind that bottom end is raised or lowered so it will affect the whole audio in volume that much, also it can overflow the EQ and create some distortion. To reduce the distortions by taking into account the Loudness Curves, AAMS will calculate lowering in volumes for Left, Right and Mono channels, and reduces them while processing or mastering.

Bias Suggestions correct to AAMS Loudness ISO226 Fletcher Factor
This will be acoording to the AAMS Loudness Curves Ratio. The EQ suggestions can be of a kind that bottom end is raised or lowered so it will affect the whole audio in volume that much, also it can overflow the EQ and create some distortion. To reduce the distortions by taking into account the Loudness Curves, AAMS will calculate lowering in volumes for Left, Right and Mono channels, and reduces them while processing or mastering.

DSP-EQ FFT Fast Fourrier Transform Multiband Precision Equalizer Setup

DSP-EQ FFT Window Shape Kind

Windowing of a simple waveform like cos ωt causes its Fourier transform to develop non-zero values. 
Commonly called spectral leakage) at frequencies other than ω. The leakage tends to be worst (highest) near ω and least at frequencies farthest from ω. If the waveform under analysis comprises two sinusoids of different frequencies, leakage can interfere with the ability to distinguish them spectrally. If their frequencies are dissimilar and one component is weaker, then leakage from the stronger component can obscure the weaker one's presence. But if the frequencies are similar, leakage can render them unresolvable even when the sinusoids are of equal strength. The rectangular window has excellent resolution characteristics for sinusoids of comparable strength, but it is a poor choice for sinusoids of disparate amplitudes. This characteristic is sometimes described as low dynamic range. At the other extreme of dynamic range are the windows with the poorest resolution and sensitivity, which is the ability to reveal relatively weak sinusoids in the presence of additive random noise. That is because the noise produces a stronger response with high-dynamic-range windows than with high-resolution windows. Therefore, high-dynamic-range windows are most often justified in wideband applications, where the spectrum being analyzed is expected to contain many different components of various amplitudes. In between the extremes are moderate windows, such as Hamming and Hann. They are commonly used in narrowband applications, such as the spectrum of a telephone channel. In summary, spectral analysis involves a trade-off between resolving comparable strength components with similar frequencies and resolving disparate strength components with dissimilar frequencies. That trade-off occurs when the window function is chosen.

DSP-EQ Window Buffer Size
The Buffer Size for the FFT, leav it at 4096!

DSP-EQ FFT Window Frequency
The lowest undistorted frequency that can be measured perfectly 100%.
Actually AAMS measures 5 Hz at 70,7% correctly.
The higher frequencies over 50hz are all measured 100% correct.

DSP-EQ Realtime Setup ON
This button will turn the DSP-EQ Realtime Analyzer ON and setup accordingly (and also the Realtime Analyzer). These are shown in charts and mostly will be updated each 1 second. The DSP-EQ Realtime Analyzer can be used for playback and to give the user some more insight to their plaing audio source file. The Turn Off button will turn off the realtime DSP-EQ Analyzer. Read about the Realtime DSP-EQ Analyzer in the section of the DSP-EQ manual.

DSP-EQ Analyzer Realtime Processing
This will turn ON the DSP-EQ Realtime Analyzer and the AAMS Analyzer Realtime functions. This does not mean any of the Realtime Charts will be visible. This set to ON will only turn on the Realtime Calculations needed for processing the audio file playing.

DSP-EQ Analyzer Realtime Show Spectrum
Shows the spectrum of the playing audio source file.

DSP-EQ Analyzer Realtime Show EQ
Shows the EQ Suggestion of the playing audio source file.

DSP-EQ Analyzer Realtime EQ Suggestion
Shows the Spectrum EQ Suggestion of the playing audio source file.

DSP-EQ Analyzer Realtime Bias S+R
Calculates the Bias of the EQ (lower frequencies have more power then higher frequencies).

DSP-EQ Analyzer Realtime Bias S+R
Shows the Bias of the EQ (lower frequencies have more power then higher frequencies).

DSP-EQ Suggestion - Show Realtime Suggestion
Shows in the DSP-EQ Suggestion Chart the Realtime Suggestion per 1 Second.

AAMSoptionsSave

Settings, Save Options
Saves all options in the AAMS.INA file. This feature must be used when you changed any option as mentioned above. You can restore AAMS defaults in the preferences tab.

Settings, Load Options
Reloads the AAMS.INA file and restores the options. This feature can be used when you need to reset AAMS options.

AAMSoptionsDspC

DSP-Compressor Options Tab

Older AAMS V2.x Compression (Nt Recommended)
This will turn ON the compression settings emulation of AAMS V2.x versions. Standard Off, the AAMS V3 compression settings are improved, so better stay to Off.

Reset Volume Faders before Auto Hunting
By default ON. This feature will reset all DSP-Compressor faders to original AAMS positions. When manual mastering or setting are applied by using AAMS manually, turn OFF. Only turn OFF when you do not need auto mastering and using manual user preset controls.

Auto Compress - On Startup turn
The DSP-Compressor will turn the Auto Compression Suggestions On automatically when you play or process a file. By default ON. This feature will turn ON the auto compression DSP features at startup. Only turn OFF when you do not need auto mastering and using a manual user pre-setting.

Auto Compress - Start with Suggestions
The DSP-Compressor will start with AAMS Suggestions settings for the DSP-Compressor that are copied automatically.

Auto Compress - Start Faders at -2.75 dB
The DSP-Compressor starts all Multi-Band Thresholds at -2.75 dB when hunting for levels. By default ON. This feature will start the automatic compression setting of the threshold at -2.75db. This is a better setting than 0db initial fader setting. The initial -2.75db setting will be corrected when the automatic compression feature is ON. Recommended to stay ON. 

Auto Compress - Graphing Measurements
Shows Compression Levels measurements in Auto Compession Graphs of all multibands charts. By default OFF. This will show the AGC (auto gain control) in the graphs of the DSP-Compressor.

Auto Compress - Threshold Measurements.
Shows suggestions for threshold in Auto Compression Graphs of all multibands charts.

Auto Compress - Threshold text.
Shows suggestions for threshold in Auto Compression Graphs of all multibands texts.

Auto Compress - AAMS Loudness Curves from ISO226 (fletcher)
Standard set to On. By analyzing the audio passing the DSP-Compressor, the loudness curves are taken into mind and creates offset suggestions according to human hearing. When turned Off, the straightforward suggestions pass.

Auto Compress - Factor Multibands
Standard set to On. Uses the Factor calculated from the AAMS Loudness Curves (ISO226, Fletcher Munson). The compression levels to raising or lowering levels, are according to Loudness Human Hearing Levels. 

Mono Mode
By default OFF. Only turn ON when you are sure the audio file is a two mono channel stereo audio file.

Normalize Before Playing
When loading an audio file into the DSP-Compressor the file will be Normalized. Standard is On.

Normalize Before Processing
When AAMS is mastering the source file will be Normalized. Standard is ON.

Normalize After Processing
When AAMS is mastering the source file will be Normalized after DSP-Compressor processing is done. Standard is Off.

Auto Compress - Threshold Control
This will change the Threshold Correction while DSP-Compression is done. This feature can make Threshold correction faster or slower by setting. Standard is Normal (1x).

AGC Auto Correct Timer
For the DSP-Compressor to check the compression is correctly done, a timer is placed. This timer (each multiband has its own timer) controls and checks for correct compression. When correct compression is found, a green light will turn on for each multiband. When all multibands are found correct by AAMS, the ALL light will turn on. For each channel Left and Right there can be maximum 8 multibands. So actually for correct compression to be found by AAMS, 16 lights will need to turn ON for 8 multibands. The standard chosen multibands by AAMS is 4 multibands. The user can change multibands in the DSP-Compressor tab. The timer can be set to 1 second to 1 minute. The longer you set the timer, the longer it takes for AAMS to find correct levels for compression for each multiband. Default is 5 Seconds.

Hunting Mode Repeat Incorrect Rewind from 90% to 10%
The AAMS DSP-Compressor will Hunt for levels of compression and suggests on them a threshold level for each multiband. Whem audio mastering the DSP-Compressor will rewind while hunting and repeat the audio source and hunts until the retries are drowned.

Hunting Maximum Repeats
The amount of retries the DSP-Comprossor can play the audio file for hunting the levels. This feature is only used in hunting mode. The more retries the more chance the suggestion be corrrect, but will take more time when the hunting is still with incorrect levels. Before all lights go green and all multibands have good compressions levels found, the DSP-Compressor will try to get correct levels for multiband thresholds as fast as can be. Standard set to 3 retries.

DSP-Compressor Analyzer Realtime Processing
This will turn ON the DSP-Compressor Realtime Analyzer and the AAMS Analyzer Realtime functions. This does not mean any of the Realtime Charts will be visible. This set to ON will only turn on the Realtime Calculations needed for processing the audio file playing.

DSP-Compressor Analyzer Realtime Show Multibands
Shows the Multibands Spectrum Levels in the DSP-Compressor Realtime Chart.

DSP-Compressor Analyzer Realtime Show Differences
Shows the Multibands Difference Levels in the DSP-Compressor Realtime Chart.

DSP-Compressor Analyzer Realtime Show Multibands
Shows the Multibands Historic Difference Levels in the DSP-Compressor Realtime Chart.

 AAMSoptionsSave

Settings, Save Options
Saves all options in the AAMS.INA file. This feature must be used when you changed any option as mentioned above. You can restore AAMS defaults in the preferences tab.

Settings, Load Options
Reloads the AAMS.INA file and restores the options. This feature can be used when you need to reset AAMS options.

AAMSoptionsDspL

DSP-Loudness Loudness Options Tab

Reset Faders before processing 
By default ON. This feature ensures all faders are reset to original default position for DSP-Loudness. Set to ON, when you need full automatic mastering by AAMS.Set to OFF, when you are manual mastering.

Auto Record Balance - Apply Pre-Gain Suggestion
By default OFF. When turned ON, before using loudness AAMS will apply pre-gain from its suggested calculations. This can improve Loudness by using pre-gain, but also raises levels, so more clipping could occur. Only use this feature when your original track is very soft. Else, leave it OFF.

Auto Record Balance - Apply Suggested Balance
By default ON. This feature applies the automatic calculated suggested balancing by AAMS. This will balance your track (audio master) and will have a good effect on the listener’s left and right perception while hearing the audio master. The balancing is done before loudness is applied.

Hunt For Levels on Audio File
Scans the loaded Audio File for its levels (DPS-Loudness Suggestions will not work when this feature is turned off). By default ON. This feature scans the audio file for

Hunt for Levels on Load Audio File, suggestion based on Loudness Points
Set to ON, when you need full automatic mastering. Set to OFF, when you need manual mastering. Basically leave this ON, only set to Off when you do not want levels te be changed by AAMS. Turn this feature OFF when you need no balancing done by AAMS and keep your track as balanced as original (not recommended). Scan - Loudness Calculation based on 10% (default). This feature is hard to explain, because its AAMS internal processing for hunting the correct Loudness levels to be found and corrected for end mastered file. This value can be raised or lowered by users to experiment. Else when not sure, leave 10% as a value here.

Auto Record Gain - Set Suggested Gain
By default ON. This feature applies the Loudness. When turned OFF, no Loudness will be applied. Keep in mind the DSP-Loudness will be functioning, so when turned OFF only the limiters will work.

Chart Show RMS Levels
By default ON. This feature will show RMS levels in the chart. By turning OFF it will not.

Chart Show Loudness Left, Right and Mono lines
By default Off. This feature will show RMS levels in the chart. By turning OFF it will not.

Mono Mode (No Balancing)
By default OFF. When turned ON, ensures Stereo tracks that are actually two mono channels to stay correct as original. AAMS by default does not read or open mono files. But it is possible to fake AAMS by inserting two mono files into one stereo file. Only turn this feature ON, if you are sure your original file is completely mono. You can also turn OFF, when you completely do not want any Balancing to be done by AAMS.

Normalize Before Playing
When loading an audio file into the DSP-Compressor the file will be Normalized. Standard is On.

Normalize After Balance
By default off. This feature is mainly not needed to turn ON. Only turn ON for a normalize pre-balance. This will make the audio file before Balancing more louder.

Normalize After Gain
By default off. This feature is mainly not needed to turn ON. Only turn ON for a normalize pre-gain. This will make the audio file before Loudness more louder.

AAMSoptionsSave

Settings, Save Options
Saves all options in the AAMS.INA file. This feature must be used when you changed any option as mentioned above. You can restore AAMS defaults in the preferences tab.

Settings, Load Options
Reloads the AAMS.INA file and restores the options. This feature can be used when you need to reset AAMS options.


AAMSOwnSound

How to get the sound you want and re-use it ?

With AAMS V3 there are several ways to get to your own sound, the sound you like! First we want to explain that with AAMS V3 standard references, you can get very close to a good general sound on your masterd audio file. But you need to EQ the outcome if you are not satisfied yet ? Well that is one possibillity. The other possibillities are explained below.

AAMS V3 uses Reference Files to define a complete frequency spectrum from 5 Hz to 20.000 Hz, it also contains compression, loudness scans and other sound analyzed settings found by AAMS analyzer. These files can be found in AAMS V3 Database of Styles (References). For example the ‘Mastering_RMS’ is a general reference preset for a beginning user to start from. This general mastering preset is a good point to start from, but however maybe will not result into what you want to hear. So that will fix a lot, maybe it will not get you exactly the sound with accuracy 100%. This is because maybe you use speakers or an environment room that is not linear and maybe you hear some more bass or less high ? Anyway, try to listen on as many speaker systems you can find, even headphones, even in your car or even somebody else audio setup. Before you decide what you want or need to change (into the frequency spectrum), to make you happy. Anyway, if you know you are right about the sound you want, how do you get there exactly ? With AAMS V3 it is now possible to get very close or exactly there! Read about the solutions below.
And watch the Video!

AAMS3batchdatabase

Combining out of the Reference Database of Styles

Until now we have only used the ‘Mastering_RMS’ single reference preset out of the AAMS V3 Database of Musical Styles. But we can also combine several references out of the database and batch them into one new single reference. For this we only have to select multiple references with the 'CTRL' key pressed and use the batch function. See the blue selected references out of the database and press the green 'Batch Selected files into One Single Reference'. You can name the file and save it to disk with the filemanager that will pop up. Now the adjusted reference is saved, you can use it as your own adjusted reference, again and again. 

Analyze audio from other sources

One of the options is to analyze audio from other sources, like from other artists, tracks, albums. Collect  them in one single directory and analyze them with AAMS Analyzer (read the manual for more explenation). When you have analyzed them all, you can batch a new reference out of the collection of analyzed files.  AAMS will then batch a new reference out of all analyzed files and saves it to disk. The new reference is a good starting point and maybe is a better way to get the sound you need.

Adjust the Reference you already use or have chosen

With some testing and maybe working a longer time with AAMS V3, you maybe have some idea’s witch references you are using most, or witch reference are giving you a good sound from the beginning. Maybe you are using the ‘Mastering_RMS’ reference from the database ? Or maybe you have an own reference ? Anyway, the solution is you can always adjust the reference to your own needs and therefore be much closer to the sound you want.

AAMS3adjust1

We have loaded the ‘Mastering_RMS’ reference out of the database as our tutorial reference. We have not loaded the source file. Off course you can load any reference file instead. See in yellow the name of the reference that has been loaded.

AAMS3adjust2

On the Reference Adjust Tab we have changed the Spectrum for the Highs and some Mids with the curve and 4 points. In yellow above you can see the effect it has on the original spectrum, that results in raised frequencies in the upper bands.

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For more adjusting, we have created some extra bass frequencies in the spectrum around 80 hz and have a little cutoff in the beginning at 5-20 hz.

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Finally we can save the adjusted reference (see the green button) Save Adjusted Reference. You can name the file and save it to disk with the filemanager that will pop up. Now the adjusted reference is saved, you can use it as your own adjusted reference, again and again. This is a fast explenation of how to adjust the spectrum reference to your own needs and adjust it towards creating your own sound.

AAMS3playadjust

Playing the Source Audio with the Adjusted Reference 

Have turned to the tab 'DSP-Player' that can play at any time the source audio material. Above we have loaded the source and reference (yellow buttons). When we press 'Play'(green) the source audio file will be played trough your computer soundcard. If you adjust the Reference like explained above, the changes can be directly heard, so with the Reference Centre or Left or Right Adjust Tabs you can change the reference spectrum while playing. You can hear the differences from your changes at any time, AAMS will adapt the sound with the DSP-EQ processor and updates directly. When you are satisfied, you can save the reference by 'Save Adjusted Reference' to disk. You can name the file and save it to disk with the filemanager that will pop up. Now the adjusted reference is saved, you can use it as your own adjusted reference, again and again.


Any combination of the above will work

If you are using AAMS V3 database of Reference Styles or you analyze your own tracks into AAMS. Or if you use the Reference Adjust Tabs, you can alther and change the way AAMS will master your own music, towards the Reference. Any combination will work and you can progress and build toward a final reference that suits your own musical style. You can even build your own library of references, it is up to you and your musical differences how many styles you need to cover your own music. We have only explained the basic steps to building your own sound reference files. And just to make it faster for mastering, once you have a good reference you like, it can be re-used again.

Now you can listen what you expect!

 

This video will show how to analyze multiple audio files with AAMS V3. And then create one single reference out of them, with a Batch Reference! And will show you how to adjust the Reference with the Analyzer Spectrum Adjust. For Centre Channels, Left or Right Channels. And save the Reference for later use. Therefore being in control of your own sound! And re-use it anytime you want.

Now you can listen what you expect!

AAMSeqloudness

AAMS EQ Loudness Curves

AAMS V3.1 will introduce EQ Loudness Curves. These are dirrived from the ISO 226 standard of Human Hearing. The second name is Fletcher Munson Curves. AAMS is now equiped with a dirrived curves system for adjusting the DSP-EQ with Human Hering in mind and corrects the Analyzed Sources VS Reference Equalizer Spectum results. This option is turned on by default. Read about the DSP-EQ for more information.

AAMSiso226

Equal Loudness Contour (Fletcher Munson)

An Equal Loudness contour is a measure of sound pressure in dB SPL over the frequency spectrum. A listener perceives a constant loudness when presented with pure steady tones. The unit of measurement for loudness levels is the phon. Two sine waves of differing frequencies are said to have equal loudness level measured in phons, if they are perceived as equally loud by the average young person without significant hearing impairment. Equal-loudness contours are often referred to as Fletcher Munson curves. After the earliest researchers, but those studies have been superseded and incorporated into newer standards. The definitive curves are those defined in the international standard ISO 226 in 2003, which are based on a review of modern determinations made in various countries. The human auditory system is sensitive to frequencies from about 20 Hz to a maximum of around 22,000 Hz, although the upper hearing limit decreases with age. Within this range, the human ear is most sensitive between 2 and 5 kHz, largely due to the resonance of the ear canal and the transfer function of the ossicles of the middle ear. In 1956 Robinson and Dadson produced a new experimental determination that they believed was more accurate. It became the basis for the standard ISO 226 that was considered definitive until 2003, when ISO revised the standard on the basis of recent assessments by research groups worldwide.

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Hearing range describes the range of frequencies that can be heard by humans or other animals, though it can also refer to the range of levels. The human range is commonly given as 20 to 20,000 Hz, though there is considerable variation between individuals, especially at high frequencies, and a gradual loss of sensitivity to higher frequencies with age is considered normal. Sensitivity also varies with frequency, as shown by equal-loudness contours. Routine investigation for hearing loss usually involves an audiogram which shows threshold levels relative to a normal.

Several animal species are able to hear frequencies well beyond the human hearing range. Some dolphins and bats, for example, can hear frequencies up to 100 kHz. Elephants can hear sounds at 14–16 Hz, while some whales can hear subsonic sounds as low as 7 Hz (in water).

A basic measure of hearing is afforded by an audiogram: a graph of the minimum discernible sound level at various frequencies throughout an organism's nominal hearing range. Behavioural hearing tests or physiological tests can be used to find hearing thresholds of humans and other animals. For humans, the test involves tones being presented at specific frequencies (pitch) and intensities (loudness). When the subject hears the sound, he or she indicates it by raising a hand or pressing a button. The lowest intensity they can hear is recorded. The test varies for children; their response to the sound can be indicated by a turn of the head or using a toy. The child learns what to do upon hearing the sound, such as placing a toy man in a boat. A similar technique can be used when testing animals, where food is used as a reward for responding to the sound. Physiological tests do not need the patient to consciously respond. The information on different mammals hearing was obtained primarily by behavioural hearing tests. Frequency is measured in hertz (Hz), the number of sound pressure level vibrations (sonic waves) per second.

Humans

In humans, sound waves funnel into the ear via the external ear canal and reach the eardrum (tympanic membrane). The compression and rarefaction of these waves set this thin membrane in motion, causing sympathetic vibration through the middle ear bones (the ossicles: malleus, incus and stapes), the basilar fluid in the cochlea, and the hairs within it, called stereocilia. These hairs line the cochlea from base to apex, and the part stimulated and the intensity of stimulation gives an indication of the nature of the sound. Information gathered from the hair cells is sent via the auditory nerve for processing in the brain.

The commonly stated range of human hearing is 20 Hz to 20 kHz.[4][5][note 1] Under ideal laboratory conditions, humans can hear sound as low as 12 Hz[6] and as high as 28 kHz, though the threshold increases sharply at 15 kHz in adults, corresponding to the last auditory channel of the cochlea.[7] Humans are most sensitive to (i.e. able to discern at lowest intensity) frequencies between 2,000 and 5,000 Hz.[8] Individual hearing range varies according to the general condition of a human's ears and nervous system. The range shrinks during life, usually beginning at around age of eight with the upper frequency limit being reduced. Women typically experience a lesser degree of hearing loss than men, with a later onset. Men have approximately 5 to 10 dB greater loss in the upper frequencies by age 40.[9][10]

Audiograms of human hearing are produced using an audiometer, which presents different frequencies to the subject, usually over calibrated headphones, at specified levels. The levels are weighted with frequency relative to a standard graph known as the minimum audibility curve, which is intended to represent "normal" hearing. The threshold of hearing is set at around 0 phon on the equal-loudness contours (i.e. 20 micropascals, approximately the quietest sound a young healthy human can detect),[11] but is standardised in an ANSI standard to 1 kHz.[12] Standards using different reference levels, give rise to differences in audiograms. The ASA-1951 standard, for example, used a level of 16.5 dB SPL (sound pressure level) at 1 kHz, whereas the later ANSI-1969/ISO-1963 standard uses 6.5 dB SPL, with a 10 dB correction applied for older people.

Cats

Cats have excellent hearing and can detect an extremely broad range of frequencies, which is the range of about 11.5 octaves, one octave higher than dogs and 1.6 octaves higher than humans. They can hear higher-pitched sounds than either dogs or humans, detecting frequencies from 55 Hz up to 79 kHz (a range of 10.5 octaves) and dogs hear from 67 Hz to 45 kHz,[13] a range of about 9 octaves.[14][15] Cats do not use this ability to hear ultrasound for communication but it is probably important in hunting,[16] since many species of rodents make ultrasonic calls.[17] Cat hearing is also extremely sensitive and is among the best of any mammal,[14] being most acute in the range of 500 Hz to 32 kHz.[18] This sensitivity is further enhanced by the cat's large movable outer ears (their pinnae), which both amplify sounds and help a cat sense the direction from which a noise is coming.[16]

Dogs

The hearing ability of a dog is dependent on breed and age, though the range of hearing is usually around 67 Hz to 45 kHz,[13] which is a range of 9 octaves. (Humans hear a range of about 10 octaves.) As with humans, some dog breeds' hearing ranges narrow with age,[19] such as the German shepherd and miniature poodle. When dogs hear a sound, they will move their ears towards it in order to maximise reception. In order to achieve this, the ears of a dog are controlled by at least 18 muscles, which allow the ears to tilt and rotate. The ear's shape also allows the sound to be heard more accurately. Many breeds often have upright and curved ears, which direct and amplify sounds.

As dogs hear higher frequency sounds than humans, they have a different acoustic perception of the world.[19] Sounds that seem loud to humans often emit high frequency tones that can scare away dogs. Whistles which emit ultrasonic sound, called dog whistles, are used in dog training, as a dog will respond much better to such levels. In the wild, dogs use their hearing capabilities to hunt and locate food. Domestic breeds are often used to guard property due to their increased hearing ability.[13] So-called "Nelson" dog whistles generate sounds at frequencies higher than those audible to humans but well within the range of a dog's hearing.

Bats

Bats have evolved very sensitive hearing to cope with their nocturnal activity. Their hearing range varies by species; at the lowest it can be 1 kHz for some species and for other species the highest reaches up to 200 kHz. Bats that can detect 200 kHz cannot hear very well below 10 kHz.[20] In any case, the most sensitive range of bat hearing is narrower: about 15 kHz to 90 kHz. Bats navigate around objects and locate their prey using echolocation. A bat will produce a very loud, short sound and assess the echo when it bounces back. Bats hunt flying insects; these insects return a faint echo of the bat's call. The type of insect and how big it is can be determined by the quality of the echo and time it takes for the echo to rebound; there are two types; constant frequency (CF), and frequency modulated (FM) calls that descend in pitch[21] Each type reveals different information; CF is used to detect an object, and FM is used to assess its distance. FM and CF are two different types of echo which inform the bat on the size and distance of the prey. The pulses of sound produced by the bat last only a few thousandths of a second; silences between the calls give time to listen for the information coming back in the form of an echo. Evidence suggests that bats use the change in pitch of sound produced via the Doppler effect to assess their flight speed in relation to objects around them.[22] The information regarding size, shape and texture is built up to form a picture of their surroundings and the location of their prey. Using these factors a bat can successfully track change in movements and therefore hunt down their prey.

Mice

Mice have large ears in comparison to their bodies. They hear higher frequencies than humans; their frequency range is 1 kHz to 70 kHz. They do not hear the lower frequencies that humans can; they communicate using high frequency noises some of which are inaudible by humans. The distress call of a young mouse can be produced at 40 kHz. The mice use their ability to produce sounds out of predators' frequency ranges: they can alert other mice of danger without also alerting the predator to their presence. The squeaks that humans can hear are lower in frequency and are used by the mouse to make longer distance calls, as low frequency sounds can travel farther than high frequency sounds.

Birds

Hearing is birds' second most important sense and their ears are funnel-shaped to focus sound. The ears are located slightly behind and below the eyes, and they are covered with soft feathers – the auriculars – for protection. The shape of a bird's head can also affect its hearing, such as owls, whose facial discs help direct sound toward their ears. The hearing range of birds is most sensitive between 1 kHz and 4 kHz, but their full range is roughly similar to human hearing, with higher or lower limits depending on the bird species. Birds are especially sensitive to pitch, tone and rhythm changes and use those variations to recognize other individual birds, even in a noisy flock. Birds also use different sounds, songs and calls in different situations, and recognizing the different noises is essential to determine if a call is warning of a predator, advertising a territorial claim or offering to share food. "Some birds, most notably oilbirds, also use echolocation, just as bats do. These birds live in caves and use their rapid chirps and clicks to navigate through dark caves where even sensitive vision may not be useful enough.

In marine mammals

As aquatic environments have very different physical properties than land environments, there are differences in how marine mammals hear compared to land mammals. The differences in auditory systems have led to extensive research on aquatic mammals, specifically on dolphins. The auditory system of a land mammal typically works via the transfer of sound waves through the ear canals. Ear canals in seals, sea lions, and walruses are similar to those of land mammals and may function the same way. In whales and dolphins, it is not entirely clear how sound is propagated to the ear, but some studies strongly suggest that sound is channeled to the ear by tissues in the area of the lower jaw. One group of whales, the Odontocetes (toothed whales), use echolocation to determine the position of objects such as prey. The toothed whales are also unusual in that the ears are separated from the skull and placed well apart, which assists them with localizing sounds, an important element for echolocation.

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AAMSV3DSPEQ

Equalizers Explained

An equaliser is designed to alter the tonal quality of audio passing through it, this by using a number of filter circuits. Filters are capable of applying gain to audio signals within specific frequency ranges, positive or negative, referred to a 'boost' or 'cut'. The more filters the better control over the whole frequency range in steps, but with crossovers in the filters there can be upcomming distortion. AAMS uses a linear spectrum equalizer with 100 filters, what basically means there is lot's of control and the sidewalls are so steap, the filtering does not affect each other. The quality of the AAMS DPS-EQ Spectrum Equalizer with 100 EQ Bands is very high and by our users atmitted as the one of the best EQ's around.

The AAMS internal DSP-EQ Player / Processor explained

The settings can be previewed and processed by the AAMS internal Players alike Analyzer and DSP-EQ, so you can hear the proposed changes. Processing is all done internally by AAMS, so an mastered outcome audio file is written to disk. The built-in DSP Equalizer audio processing tool includes a 100-band DSP-EQ, 8-band DSP-Compressor and DSP-Loudness that can process audio in fully automatic, semi-automatic or manual modes. And AAMS will take care of all in between audio problems as clipping, dithering, normalizing and corrects the settings to Human Hearing (ISO 226Fletcher MunsonEqual Loudness Contours). 

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A 100 Band Spectrum Equalizer, setup by AAMS suggestion calculattions.

The functions and processing of the DSP-EQ is not only doing EQ-ing, but in corporation with AAMS Analyzer will process first Spectrum and EQ results by calculations and processing made internally. Mid and Side processing (m/s) is being applied as well as normal EQ processing and EQ Balancing. The possible 100 band EQ is defining a much more accurate spectrum wise way of using EQ. AAMS automatic suggestions will tell DSP-EQ how to behave. So that the best balance and spectrum is possible, AAMS will compare source and reference, making decisions what frequencies to adjust to have the same sound. This is not a copy of the reference, the source and reference are compared by AAMS Analyzer to get the best sound without just copying from the reference spectrum. The DSP-EQ is a flat linear Equalizer that can correct the source towards the reference in 99.2% accuracy (with the 100 Band EQ applied). Therefore AAMS DSP-EQ is acclaimed as one of the best sounding and correcting Eqaulizers around that will not hurt or destroy your sound, instead AAMS DSP-EQ is made to do what is expected give excellent results!

AAMS 100 Band Graphic Equalizer (standard for AAMS Professional Version)
AAMS 50 Band Graphic Equalizer (locked standard for AAMS Freeware)
AAMS 25 Band Graphic Equalizer
AAMS 50 Band Graphic Equalizer
AAMS 15 Band Graphic Equalizer
Standard 31 Band Graphic Equalizer
Standard 61 Band Graphic Equalizer
Standard 15 Band Graphic Equalizer
Alesis 24 Band Graphic Equalizer
59 Bands Bottom End Graphic Equalizer
97 Bands Bottom End Graphic Equalizer
49 Bands Mid Lows Graphic Equalizer
41 Bands High Mids Graphic Equalizer
41 Bands Highs Graphic Equalizer
99 Bands Graphic Equalizer
Keys 86 Band Graphic Equalizer
Samsung 15 Band Graphic Equalizer
Firium 50 Band Graphic Equalizer
61 Band Graphic Equalizer
Sony Plugin 10 Band Graphic Equalizer
Sony Plugin 20 Band Graphic Equalizer
Winamp 11 Band Graphic Equalizer

AAMS calculates for the best possible settings.

The DSP-EQ takes these settings and will EQ spectrum the audio. Also DSP-EQ is accurate meaning straight and each Frequency Band is 41 steep. Next to each other they can form a 100 band EQ, and apply as much differences as possible, because of the higher band count. With the user functions to adjust source to reference and adjust the EQ, the user can make little corrections if needed. Select the DSP-EQ Tab, this represents a Graphic Equalizer that can have a single EQ band or up to 100 EQ Bands. The DSP-EQ also functions as a player for your audio material, just press Load Audio File or press Play and a window will pop up asking for a *.wav file to play. Press Stop to stop the player and press Pause to pause playing. On top of the faders is the Equalizer frequency band, lowering the faders below will change the gain of the EQ Frequency band in db. The first row of red Faders are adjusting all Left EQ frequencies and the second row of blue Faders are adjusting all Right EQ Frequencies. You can move the faders up or down and set all faders to 0dB with Zero All Faders, Zero Left, and Zero Right. If you already have loaded a Source and Reference, AAMS has calculated suggestions for the DSP-EQ and they can be copied with Copy EQ Suggestion. In this way you won’t have to set up the DSP-EQ yourself as AAMS does all the hard manual work for you automatically. Now you can listen to the differences that AAMS suggests. You can always turn OFF the EQ to hear the original audio material. You can also use Zero All Faders and Copy EQ suggestion to A/B your audio material.

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Playing and Equalizing with AAMS internal DSP-EQ processor

The file Example1.aam file is the Source file and is located in the same directory as Example1.afd. The Example1.aam file was created by AAMS analysis of the Example1.wav file located in the same directory. The Example1.wav file can be listened to using the DSP-EQ Player. Go to the DSP-EQ tab and press the button Play or Load Audio File and select the Example1.wav file. AAMS has already copied the Graphic EQ Suggestion into the faders of the DSP-EQ, so there is no need to set up the DSP-EQ. You can adjust the DSP-EQ Bands later on, if needed. What you hear now is the audio file playing with the DSP-EQ turned ON and the AAMS Suggestions applied. If you want to hear how the original audio material sounds like, you can Zero All Faders or Turn OFF the EQ. If you want to hear the suggestion again, turn ON the EQ and press Copy EQ Suggestion.

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DSP-EQ Real-time Views

The Real-time DSP views are preset in the DSP-EQ Tabs. When an audio file is loaded and playing these views will display and update the Spectrum, Spectrogram, Scope and Master-Out. All views as well as all level meters are updated with their own overflow LED's. When the signal is distorted by passing the highest possible maximum sound level an overflow LED will turn red. The overflow LED will return to green if all levels are returning to normal. The Hold LED’s will stay red until they are reset which can be done manually with a click of the mouse.

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DSP Overflow

When audio becomes too loud for the AAMS internal DSP-Processor an overflow is registered by one of the LED’s. AAMS will correct such overflows automatically when the player is playing, lowering the volume faders step by step. This is called AGC (Automatic Gain Control) and the DSP-EQ, DSP-Compressor and DSP-Loudness all use the AGC automatically to reduce the volume to a level that does not contain overflows. In this way you can be assured that levels will stay below 0dB and will not distort your sound. The Automatic Overflow feature can be turned off in the Options Tab, but this is not recommended.

DSP-EQ

All processing is done by AAMS V3 internal DSP-Processor, by the player and DSP pipeline processing. The DSP-EQ is quite an improvement of AAMS V3 and will allow you to hear your audio material directly inside AAMS without the use of other programs, you can also edit the DSP-EQ Bands Centre, Left and Right. Changing the Reference will update all settings and you can hear differences directly, choosing a reference to match the sound you want to hear. A good starting point is loading References from the Reference Database’s 200 Styles. If in doubt, choose the style closest to your music and play that one first. Initially the Example file is intended to explain how AAMS works. The same example will be used to complete a full mastering job later on, but for now take the time to get familiar AAMS features and have some fun with it.

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DSP-EQ Centre Adjust

To have influence on the outcome of DSP-EQ Calculations between Source and Reference (Analyzer Suggestions) the DSP-EQ Centre Adjust presents an adjustable envelope chart for all DSP-EQ Bands to be edited upwards or downwards. By clicking into the envelope chart new envelope points are created and can be adjusted. The Left and Right EQ Bands (Centre) will be adjusted accordingly. The DSP-EQ Chart will be adjusted each time you change the envelope. For users who want to adjust the DSP-EQ Bands without changing the Reference, this can be a handy tool. You can off course load a corresponding audio file into the DSP-EQ Player and listen directly to the changes in audio sound. You can reset the Envelope pressing the Reset Button. Or clear the envelope by pressing the Clear Button.

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DSP-EQ Left Adjust

To have influence on the outcome of DSP-EQ Calculations between Source and Reference (Analyzer Suggestions) the DSP-EQ Left Adjust presents an adjustable envelope chart for all Left DSP-EQ Bands to be edited upwards or downwards. By clicking into the envelope chart new envelope points are created and can be adjusted. The Right EQ Bands will be adjusted accordingly. The DSP-EQ Chart will be adjusted each time you change the envelope. For users who want to adjust the DSP-EQ Bands without changing the Reference, this can be a handy tool. You can off course load a corresponding audio file into the DSP-EQ Player and listen directly to the changes in audio sound. You can reset the Envelope pressing the Reset Button. Or clear the envelope by pressing the Clear Button.

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DSP-EQ Right Adjust

To have influence on the outcome of DSP-EQ Calculations between Source and Reference (Analyzer Suggestions) the DSP-EQ Centre Adjust presents an adjustable envelope chart for all Right DSP-EQ Bands to be edited upwards or downwards. By clicking into the envelope chart new envelope points are created and can be adjusted. The Right EQ Bands will be adjusted accordingly. The DSP-EQ Chart will be adjusted each time you change the envelope. For users who want to adjust the DSP-EQ Bands without changing the Reference, this can be a handy tool. You can off course load a corresponding audio file into the DSP-EQ Player and listen directly to the changes in audio sound. You can reset the Envelope pressing the Reset Button. Or clear the envelope by pressing the Clear Button.

Auto Record DSP-EQ

This function is fully automatic. It has 2 Stage processing, first Hunting down the audio file for the suggested volume settings. This will prevent overflows that go over 0dB keeping the signal below 0dB while playing. The second stage is recording the audio file with the DSP-EQ. There is no need to set up the DSP-EQ manually as all settings are taken care of automatically as long as a valid Source and Reference are loaded into AAMS. The recorded audio file has the same name as the original audio file with the addition of the extension '_EQ.wav'.

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Overflow LED’s

The overflow LED’s turn from green to red when an overflow is present in one of AAMS DSP processors. You can press each LED and the Overflow Hold LED’s turn green again. An overflow is basically a digital domain term, when a signal goes over the 0dB limit an overflow is present. Recording in the digital domain with signals over 0dB will result in damaged audio with distortion therefore it is better to adjust the volume (gain) to a lower level. You can also adjust the faders of the Equalizer to compensate for overflows but this
is quite tedious.

Recording the DSP-EQ

After you are satisfied, you can process the audio material with the Record button. The Record button processes the audio and saves it as a new audio *.wav file. The Example file Example1.wav would be saved as Example1_EQ.wav.

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Settings

The DSP-EQ can handle from 1 to 100 Band Graphic EQ settings. The Default is 100 Band Graphic EQ which is a very good setting for all applications. Whenever you need a bit more detail, you can use the 100 Band Graphic EQ setting. Although the 100 Band Graphic EQ will give more detail this will affect processing speed. As a general rule using more EQ Bands can bring phasing into the sound. This will depend on frequency overflow in the audio material and the way a Graphic EQ does its job. Whenever you hear Phasing starting to begin, switchback to a lower DSP-EQ Setting. Most likely Phasing sometimes will only happen using the 100 Band EQ Setting. However 95% of all audio material does not introduce Phasing when using the 100 Band EQ Settings. If you better be on the safe side and in general a 50 0r 32 Band Graphic EQ is a very good default.

Manual and Automatic Mode

Because AAMS is usually set up for Automatic Mastering at installation, if you wish to work manually with the AAMS Processors it is recommended that you use the Record button of each processor. Also for configuring AAMS Options for working in manual mode, there are some settings on the Options Preferences Tab. For all Automatic Mastering purposes, switch back to Automatic Mode in Options Preferences Tab.

Specifications

The internal DSP-EQ has a natural sounding algorithm that equalizes in an exact linear manner with no resonance peaks. The frequency range is 5Hz-22050Hz. The amount of Graphic Equalizer Bands range from 1 band to 100 with 'Natural' and 'Steep' filters. Depending on the amount of EQ-Bands and the Frequency range calculated by AAMS Suggestions, the frequency range 0-5 Hz or 20000-22050 Hz is rolled-off and all Factory Presets have a Roll-On and Roll-Off Frequency range. Gain ranges from -12dB to 12dB, and can be set in fractions of 0.1dB. The Q-factor of each filter is displayed for convenience and changes depending on the amount of Graphic Equalizer filters that are in use. Designed to operate at sampling rates ranging from 44.1 KHz to 192 KHz, although the Sample rate is normally 44.1 KHz, depending on the Audio File outputted by the Player. 
The Internal DSP-Processing can handle 16/24/32 Bit calculations while the rest of the programming handles 64-bit code. The DSP-EQ allows comparison of the AAMS EQ Suggestions and the Original Audio.

AAMSV3DSPCompressor

A multiband compressor is to compress several different frequency ranges.

Compression is one of the most useful tools and is widely used in the recording process from tracking to mixing to mastering. The majority of compressors act on the entire audio frequency range, but when we need more control over specific audio frequencies we use a multiband compresser. A multiband compressor is a collection of several individual compressors, typically 3, 4, 5 or 8 multibands. Dividing up the frequency range via crossovers per multiband.

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AAMS DSP-Multiband Compressor

A 8 Band Soft Tube Multiband Compressor, setup by AAMS and by compressing automatic on the fly! The AAMS multiband compressor does setup and selfmaintains the compression levels, because it is setup by AAMS Analyzers and hunts for its own compression levels. AAMS DSP Compressor constantly is active to see and hear the signals it is compressing and adjusting to the perfect levels. No more under- or overcompression!

8 Multibands

! Soft tube behavior
! Fully Automatic Compressor

Multiband compressor with automatic gain or limiter functions, 8 multibands possible. Soft tube behavior, not curved but also not straight lined soft tube compressor for each band. Automatic hunting function for calculation of threshold levels per band and automatic gaining functions. AAMS Compressors are setup by AAMS Analyzer calculations in suggestions, these are applied by the automatic DSP-Compressor processing on the audio. A compressor reduces the dynamic range of an audio signal if its amplitude exceeds a specified threshold. The amount of gain reduction is determined by Attack, Delay, Threshold and Ratio settings. A Multiband Compressor has more Bands and each frequency Range (Band) can be separately compressed. A Single Band Compressor has basically no use for Mastering purposes, instead a Multiband Compressor can be highly recommended for Mastering Purposes. AAMS Compressor and multibands are based on compressor functions as for mastering is known. 

The main function is balancing the audio track after DSP-EQ has done its spectral functions.

The DSP-Compressor is based on spectrum frequency as well as on dynamics and dynamic balancing. Mostly complex to setup by user or manual compressors. Maybe also because compressor as a subject is less easy to understand and maintained as EQ does. Compression in mastering is more subtle. It tries to EQ a bit and Loudness a bit. The DSP-EQ in front and the DSP-Loudness afterwards, they are good friends in AAMS Mastering chain.

The AAMS internal DSP-Compressor Player / Processor explained

Select the DSP-Compressor Tab. This represents a Multi-Band Compressor that can have a single band compressor simulated toward 8 Multi-Bands. The DSP-Compressor functions as a player for your audio material, just press Load Audio File or press Play and a window will pop up asking for a *.wav file to play. Press Stop to stop the player and press Pause to pause playing. If you have already loaded a Source and Reference, AAMS has calculated suggestions for the DSP-Compressor and they can be copied with Copy EQ Suggestion. In this way you won’t have to set up the DSP-Compressor yourself as AAMS does all the hard manual work for you automatically. You can also use Zero All Faders and Copy EQ suggestion to A/B your audio material.

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Playing and with AAMS internal DSP-Compressor processor

The file Example1.aam file is the Source file and is located in the same directory as Example1.afd. The Example1.aam file was created by AAMS analysis of the Example1.wav file located in the same directory. The Example1.wav file can be listened to using the DSP-Compressor Player. Go to the DSP-Compressor tab and press the button Play or Load Audio File and select the Example1.wav file. 

The DSP-Compressor

Depending on the Setup chosen from the Settings Tab, a single band compressor up to an eight band Multi-Band compressor can be simulated. Each Multi-Band compressor has its own settings for Threshold, Attack, Decay, Ratio and Window. The Threshold fader of each Multi-Band can be set manually and when you click on the value below the Threshold Fader it will reset to 0dB. The DSP-Compressor has got a natural sound and is there to compress the Multi-Band as natural as possible, meaning there are no extra functions like EQ or Exciters used. 

Auto Record DSP-Compressor

This function is fully automatic and has two processing stages. The first searches the audio file for the suggested compressor settings. The second stage recordings the audio file with the correct threshold settings found by the AGC. There is no need to set up the DSP-Compressor manually as all settings are taken care of automatically as long as a valid Source and Reference are loaded into AAMS. The recorded audio file has the same name as the original audio file with the addition of the extension '_C.wav'.

Offline AGC Hunting

This function is the first stage and scans the audio file for the correct AGC settings as suggested by AAMS calculations. The outcome is shown by the 'Suggested Threshold Targets' and is automatically copied to the threshold faders of each Multi-Band. After this function you can press Record to proceed to the Second stage.

The Faders

The threshold fader for left and right can be set manually or by choosing a setup. When you click on the value below the fader will reset to 0dB. The Attack, Delay, Ratio and Window settings are preset by the Setup you have chosen but can be changed manually.

The AGC Control

AGC Control is the automatic feature that runs the DSP-Compressor. When the AGC is turned ON, the DSP-Compressor will automatically hunt the audio that is being played or processed for the correct levels. These levels are based on the Compressor Suggestion AAMS has calculated. When the AGC is turned On the DSP-Compressor is hunting for these levels and the AGC Graph and AGC Data displays the results while the audio file is being played or processed. In the AGC Data grid you can see all levels and the suggestion in db. The 1-8 LED’s below show the correct found levels when they turn to Green, indicating the Multi-Band Left or Right threshold level has been found by the AGC. It is possible that Green LED’s turn off and on for a while as the AGC is waiting for the audio signal to be corrected. When all Left and Right LED’s are green a timer will run and after some time the AGC Correct LED will also show green meaning all Multi-Bands are now ok. All correct Multi-Band threshold levels have been found based on the AAMS Compressor suggestion. The suggested Threshold level of every Multi-Band is shown as 'Threshold Suggestion Left' and 'Threshold Suggestion Right'. It is best to turn AGC ON when playing and let the AGC Control hunt down the right threshold levels, playing through the whole file. Then turn the AGC off and set 'All targets threshold' and Record the Audio File (when you press the Record button the AGC is automatically turned to off).

The AGC Chart

The AGC Chart shows the selected Multi-Band and shows the real time audio compressed signal in red and blue lines for Left and Right. The maroon and dark blue lines are the AC controls signal that will try to stay close to the yellow and green Suggestion lines. The nearer that the maroon and dark blue lines come to the yellow and green Suggestion lines, the better the result. The AC will compensate with the Left and Right threshold faders of each Multi-Band and will show the 'Suggested Threshold' as a result while playing the audio signal. You can reset the AC chart and found levels with the buttons besides the chart.

The AC Data

The AC Data grid will show all data that has been measured for each Multi-Band, including the suggestions for each Multi-Band as calculated by AAMS. When the AC is “Hunting” a correct threshold level is not found yet. When the AC is “Ok” the AC has found correct levels. The LED’s below the AC will turn to green for each found Multi-Band level that is correct.

Filters

Each set up of the DSP-Compressor consists of one or several Multi-Bands each with a specific frequency range. The frequency ranges for each Multi-Band are shown in the Filters Chart.

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DSP-Compressor Real-time Views

The Real-time DSP views are preset in the DSP-Compressor Tabs. When an audio file is loaded and playing these views will display and update the Spectrum, Spectrogram, Scope and Master-Out. All views as well as all level meters are updated with their own overflow LED's. When the signal is distorted by passing the highest possible maximum sound level an overflow LED will turn red. The overflow LED will return to green if all levels are returning to normal. The Hold LED’s will stay red until they are reset which can be done manually with a click of the mouse.

Settings

Here you can set up a DSP-Compressor from several useful presets. The AAMS 1-8 Multi-Band Compressor settings are suitable for most purposes. The AAMS 1-8 Low Band Multi-Band Compressor settings are for lower quality recordings like MP3 and Tape Copies and these settings will concentrate more on the lower rather than high frequencies. Furthermore there are some settings that will help you work with plugins using the correct settings. In a normal situation a 4 Band Multi-Band Compressor is the default setting. Changing to an 8 Multi-Band Compressor will affect processor speed and will improve quality a little more. Use the 8 Multi-Band Compressor when you think you need the extra Multi-Bands, otherwise the 4 Band Multi-Band Compressor setting is default. Selecting a Preset will change the setup of the DSPCompressor and when audio is being played the player will stopped...

The Volume Faders and Level Meters

When the DSP-Compressor is playing the volume faders are automatically lowered when an overload is present on the master-out. To be sure that there are no overloads you should listen to the whole audio material until the end, then the volume faders are set just right and the master-out will not go over 0dB. You can turn off this function in the Options Tab.

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Overflow LED’s

The overflow LED’s turn from green to red when an overflow is present in one of AAMS DSP processors.You can press each LED and the Overflow Hold LED’s turn to green again. An overflow is basically a digital domain term when a signal goes over the 0dB limit. Recording in the digital domain with signals over 0dB will result in damaged, distorted audio. So it is better to adjust the volume (gain) to a lower level. You can also adjust the faders of the Equalizer to compensate for overflows, but this is quite tedious.

Recording the DSP-Compressor

After you are satisfied with the results you can process the audio material with the Record button. The Record button processes the audio and saves it as a new audio *.wav file. The Example file Example1.wav would be saved as Example1_C.wav.

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General Rules

The default 4 Band Compressor setting is the basic set up for compression. This will give good results on all kinds of processor speeds and available memory. When you are using a modern computer you can switch to the 6 or 8 Multi-Band Compressor for some slightly better results. 8 Multi-Bands almost halves the speed of operation, so switch back to a 6 or 4 Band Multi-Band Compressor if you experience problems. For best results it is also important that all AC LED’s are green, confirming that good compression levels have been found. When using Automatic Mastering there is a Mastering Document saved alongside the Mastered Audio file, here you can check that the right levels are found (AC Correct).

Manual and Automatic Mode

Because AAMS is set up for Automatic Mastering by default, when working manually with AAMS Processors it is recommended that you use the Record button of each processor. Also for configuring AAMS Options for working in manual mode, there are some settings on the Options Preferences Tab. For all Automatic Mastering purposes, switch back to Automatic Mode in Options Preferences Tab.

Specifications

The internal DSP-Compressor has a natural sounding algorithm that provides linear compression. The DSPCompressor AC Control can handle AAMS Compressor Suggestions automatically or manually. The frequency range is 5Hz to 22050 Hz. Compressor Bands range from 1 to 8 depending on the Factory Preset in use. The frequency range 0-5 Hz or 20000-22050 Hz is rolled-off and all Factory Presets have a Roll-On and Roll-Off Frequency range. The application is designed to operate at sampling rates ranging from 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz. The Sample rate is normally 44.1 kHz depending on the Audio File output by the Player. The Internal DSP-Processing can handle 16/24/32 Bit calculations while the rest of the programming handles 64 bit code.

AAMSV3Loudness

Today, most spoken audio issue is control of loudness, daily millions of people adjust their volume controls because of louder or softher audio signals. Modern Music recordings are louder then recordings from the past, promos and commercials are generally much louder than normal. Even the difference by playing recordings, will make you adjust the volume. In general more loudness means we are in the Loudness War, each time upping the loudness levels of recordings. In fact we will loose loudness and the sparkle of the recording (mix) when boost too much, so everything is compressed hard at the tops to 0 db! Speakers need to move, and what happens when we want more loudness ? They actually move less! In general the music industry is still upping the levels, but there is a great understanding now that this is only hurting the actual recording. Loudness is a balance between hearing it loud and hearing soft and hard clearly. So we need to have the loudness levels tamed! AAMS Loudness is according to the setup rules!

Loudness and Limiters

Loudness is the quality of a sound that is the primary psychological correlate of physical intensity. Loudness, a subjective measure, is often confused with objective measures of sound intensity such as decibels. Filters attempt to adjust intensity measurements to correspond to loudness as perceived by the average human. However, true perceived loudness varies from person to person and cannot be measured this way. Loudness is also affected by parameters other than intensity, including: frequency and duration. A Peak or RMS Limiter is a circuit that allows signals below a set value to pass unaffected and compresses the peaks of stronger signals that exceed this set value. A Brick wall Limiter is a circuit that allows signals below a set value to pass unaffected and cutoff the peaks of stronger signals that exceed this set value and to avoid clipping at 0db or above 0db.

The AAMS internal DSP-Loudness Processor explained

AAMS loudness is based on AAMS Analyzer suggestions and a pre-setup desired level. Select the DSP-Loudness Tab and Select Loudness. The DSP-Loudness Player and Processor contain a Balancing Tool, Loudness Maximizer, RMS Limiter, Peak Limiter and Brick wall Limiter in one.  Also the loudness DSP has analog properties, meaning the compressor curves are soft and round.  Main functions of the DSP-Loudness processor is RMS Audio Scanning, Peak Audio Scanning, Balance Search that balances Left and Right of the whole track.  A Gain processor, that functions on AAMS Peak RMS based system or the user can change to RMS more Dynamic based system.  In whole the DSP-Loudness Mastering routine that does DSP-Loudness functions automatically or user based. The DSP-Loudness also functions as a player for your audio material. Simply press Load Audio File or press Play and a window will pop up asking for a *.wav file. Press Stop to stop the player and press Pause to pause playing.

Chart - Display Levels

When an audio file is loaded into the player the file will be automatically scanned for its levels. These levels are shown on the chart and above the chart are the Peak / RMS levels. After scanning is finished the suggestions for Balancing and Gaining are shown below the chart. The basic intention of the DSP-Loudness is to balance then add gain to the audio file. The Balance suggestion shows a value in dB, a minus - value is balanced to the Left and a plus value is balanced to the Right. You can set the Balance Faders (There are three in total connected to each other) with the mouse. You can reset the Balance Faders by clicking on the value below the fader and the fader will reset to 0dB. The red LED’s for Balance and Gain will show up when suggestions matching the Audio File are correct.

Auto Record Loudness

This function will automatically process Balance and Gaining onto the audio file you load into the DSP-Loudness player/processor. A balanced audio file with the extension '_B.wav' and a gain processed audio file with the extension '_L.wav' will be created. All you have to do is wait until processing is finished. This function is fully automatic, just choose an audio file and AAMS will do the balancing and gaining for you. There is no need to set up the DSP-Loudness functions before using this function as all calculations are done automatically. This function is a two-stage process with Balancing as the first stage and gaining the second stage.

Auto Record Balance

This function is the first stage of the DSP-Loudness processor and balances the audio file you loaded into the Player/Processor. A recorded and processed file with the extension '_B.wav' will be created as the balanced audio file. This function is fully automatic, just choose an audio file and AAMS will do the balancing. There is no need to set up the DSP-Loudness functions before using this function as all calculations are done automatically.

Auto Record Gain

This function is the second stage of the DSP-Loudness processor and gains the audio file you loaded into the Player/Processor. A recorded and processed file with the extension '_L.wav' will be created as the gained audio file. This function is fully automatic, just choose an audio file and AAMS will automatically do the Loudness Gaining. There is no need to set up the DSP-Loudness functions before using this function as all calculations are done automatically.

1 or 2 Stages?

You can use 1 or 2 Stage functions with AAMS. A 1 Stage manual job involves playing the audio file with the Player and setting up Balance and Gain, ensuring that the signal does not go over 0dB, and then record the results. A 1 Stage processing job is less accurate than the 2 Stage type. A 2 Stage Processing job is more accurate and means you Balance the Audio File First Stage 1, record it, and then do Stage 2.

The internal Processing Route

The routing of the DSP-Processor is as follows. The Audio is processed by the Loudness part of the DSPLoudness processor. The Loudness Tab shows Balancing Faders and Loudness Gain Volume faders. The RMS Limiter is there to compress/limit the audio signal when necessary. The RMS limiter is based on an RMS compressor and has as large a ratio range as possible. The Peak Limiter limits some the highest peaks and can be set towards Brick walling or the more moderate Peak Limiting. Finally the Brick wall Limiter limits any signals below 0dB or lower. All Limiters can be turned off or on by depending on what set up from the Setting Tab you have chosen.

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Playing and with AAMS internal DSP-Compressor processor

The file Example1.aam file is the Source file and is located in the same directory as Example1.afd. The Example1.aam file was created by AAMS analysis of the Example1.wav file located in the same directory. The Example1.wav file can be listened to using the DSP-Compressor Player. Go to the DSP-Compressor tab and press the button Play or Load Audio File and select the Example1.wav file. 

The Setups

The Settings Tab will show the DSP-Loudness setup and you can choose any of the listed DSP-Loudness settings. The Maximal Setups are for Maximal Loudness and will try to get the loudest sound possible and is the default preset. The Average Setups are for Average Loudness and will try to get the best sound possible. The Minimal Setups are for Minimal Loudness and will try to get the sound towards a minimal level. This is useful for compiling CD's or multiple tracks and saves some loudness space for later use. The values for the RMS Limiter, Peak Limiter and Brick wall limiter are also listed. When a Limiter is not shown in the chosen setup this means that it is not required in the current configuration. When an Audio File is loaded into the DSP-Loudness processor / Player, the levels in the file are scanned. You can change the Scan Level in the Settings Tab, which will raise or decrease the Loudness Level that is being scanned for (and are subsequently used in the suggestions. When the correct level is reached for the Maximal 0dB Setup the Suggestion Correct LED’s will show Green. When the correct level is reached, for the other Setups the Suggestion Correct LED’s will show Green or Yellow. The Yellow Led indicates that the Used Setup highest level has not been reached yet as only the Maximal 0dB Setup will do this. You can use the Average and Minimal Setups for a single stage pass. When you apply the Average and Minimal Setups more than once the Yellow LED will stay and will turn green only when it reaches the Maximum Setup Loudness Levels. When you use the Average or Minimal DSP-Loudness Setups the first pass of DSP-Loudness Processing is sufficient, so making multiple passes is not recommended. You can always use more Loudness Gaining to make it louder although this is also not recommended. When you use the Maximal DSP-Loudness Setup, the first pass will gain the loudness directly to the Maximal and then the Green Led will show-up. On start up the Average 1 Setup is the default to ensure a good Average Loudness. When you change the DSPCompressor Setup to Maximal, be aware that some distortion in the audio signal cannot be prevented. Only use the Maximal Setup when you are certain ofof it and the intended result. If you are unsure, a good start is the Average Setups of the DSP-Compressor.

Loudness

The Balance Fader can be set manually and clicking on the value below the fader will reset it to 0dB. When you use 'Copy Balance Suggestion' the suggested Balance is copied to the Balance Fader. The Gain fader can be set manually and clicking on the value below the Gain Fader will reset it to 0dB. When you use 'Copy Gain Suggestion' the suggested gain is copied to the Gain fader. The buttons 'DSP-Loudness Preset' and 'DSP-Loudness Reset' are setting or resetting the chosen Setup, which is useful for comparing its effect.

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RMS Limiter

The threshold fader for left and right can be set manually or by choosing a setup and when you click on the value below the fader it will reset to 0dB. The Attack, Delay, Ratio and Window settings are preset by the Setup you have chosen but can be changed manually. The RMS Limiter is not as fast in correcting the audio signal as the Peak Limiter is. Most of the times when threshold levels for left and right are low, the RMS Limiter will only work on loud parts of the audio signal, making it slightly lower when needed. The RMS Limiter will pass signals higher than 0dB to the Peak Limiter and is only meant for moderately correcting the audio signal.

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The Peak Limiter

The threshold fader for left and right can be set manually or by choosing a setup and when you click on the value below the fader it will reset to 0dB. The Attack, Delay, Ratio and Window settings are preset by the Setup you have chosen but can be changed manually. The Peak Limiter is very fast in correcting the audio signal and can also be used as a Brick wall Limiter when the attack time is set to <= 1ms. The Peak Limiter will adjust every signal that goes above the threshold level with the ratio chosen. A ratio of 50:1 will compress / limit the audio signal a lot more than the RMS Limiter will ever do. The Peak Limiter is meant to 'Scrape off' some of the loudest peaks of the audio signal.

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The Brick wall Limiter

The threshold fader for left / right and mono can be set manually or by choosing a setup and when you click on the value below the fader it will reset to 0dB. Every audio signal that goes over the Threshold Level will be cut off immediately. A Threshold Level of -0.05 dB will cut off all audio signals before it rises above 0dB. The LED’s indicate only if the Brick wall limiter is correcting the audio signal, and are not the same as an overflow. The LED’s can be reset by clicking the corresponding button.

The Volume Faders and Level Meters

When the DSP-Loudness is playing and Gaining / limiting the volume faders are automatically lowered when an overload is present on the master-out. To be sure that there are no overloads you should listen to the whole file until the end, then the volume faders are set just right and the master-out will not go over 0dB. You can turn off this function in the Options Tab.

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Overflow LED’s

The overflow LED’s turn from green to red when an overflow is present in one of AAMS DSP processors. Press each LED and the Overflow Hold LED’s turn green again. An overflow is basically a digital domain term. When a signal goes over the 0dB limit an overflow is present. Recording in the digital domain with signals over 0dB will result in distorted audio, so it is better to adjust the volume (gain) to a lower level. You can also adjust the faders of the Equalizer to compensate for overflows, but this is quite tedious.

Recording DSP-Loudness

When you are satisfied with the results you can process the audio material with the Record button. The Record button processes the audio and saves it as a new audio *.wav file. The Example file Example1.wav would be saved as Example1_L.wav.

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DSP-Loudness Real-time Views

The Real-time DSP views are preset in the DSP-Loudness Tabs. When an audio file is loaded and playing these views will display and update the Spectrum, Spectrogram, Scope and Master-Out. All views as well as all level meters are updated with their own overflow LED's. When the signal is distorted by passing the highest possible maximum sound level an overflow LED will turn red. The overflow LED will return to green if all levels are returning to normal. The Hold LED’s will stay red until they are reset which can be done manually with a click of the mouse.

Manual and Automatic Mode

Because AAMS is set up for Automatic Mastering by default, when working manually with AAMS Processors it is recommended that you use the Record button of each processor. Also when configuring AAMS Options for working in manual mode there are some settings on the Options Preferences Tab. For all Automatic Mastering purposes, switch back to Automatic Mode in Options Preferences Tab.

General Rules

DSP-Loudness Processor settings define how loud the end result will be. By default the Loudness Scan setting is 'Average', which is quite a conservative setting. Usually you can master multiple tracks (for example for an album of tracks) with the 'Average' Setting and this will give good results on all kinds of tracks. Whenever you need some more loudness power, set the DSP-Loudness Settings higher.

Specifications

The internal DSP-Loudness has a natural sounding algorithm to produce exact, linear Loudness Gain with no resonance peaks. The DSP-Loudness processor has several main functions, Balancing, Loudness, RMS Limiter, Peak Limiter, Brick wall Limiter. The frequency range is 5Hz to 22050 Hz. The frequency ranges 0-5 Hz and 20000-22050 Hz are rolled-off and all Factory Presets have a Roll-On and Roll-Off Frequency range. The amount of gain ranges from - 80dB to 9dB, and can be set in fractions of 0.1dB. Designed to operate at sampling rates ranging from 44.1 KHz to 192 KHz, the Sample rate is normally 44.1 KHz depending on the Audio File output by the Player. The Internal DSP-Processing can handle 16/24/32 Bit calculations while the rest of the programming handles 64 bit code.

AAMS Loudness System

The AAMS Loudness system is based on a percentage of peaks and RMS levels or RMS/Peak Levels. The AAMS system will do a more peak based search of the audio and also scans for RMS levels. But however AAMS system will calculate and process audio as being more careful to avoid distortion levels. This means that for most it will bring your audio input to appropriate levels. Not doing the Loudness War, but being careful and still have a loud sound. AAMS DSP-Loudness process will anticipate troubles and avoids them. Still Loudness that is applied to much, will still have distortion or overflows. So limiters and calculations in processing are used in the AAMS Loudness Based system option. When needed this system can do full album mastering based on AAMS System of transferring loudness levels. Also on its main settings Single Audio Mastering can be an advantage over the RMS Dynamic Levels system.

RMS Dynamic Level System

The RMS Dynamic Level system is based on more know RMS and Peak scanning methods. If you are into RMS levels, there is much to say about it. Because it is the main system used by everyone into the discussion of the loudness war. So read about that on the internet if you are unknown. 
The main function is RMS and Dynamics / some say Dynamic Range.

Why use a Loudness Processor and what is it doing?

Well the user can setup a desired RMS level for the whole track. The peaks will be calculated and shaved off the whole track, so that the RMS Level is what is needed as loudness or RMS levels for the whole track. Basically the user setup is for RMS Levels, and the Limiters or Calculations a computer can do to process the audio that loud. For different genres there are RMS levels appropriate. So the user can make up the RMS, and does not really care about peaks that will be hurt. RMS Levels are nowadays convenient method to get the loudness desired. With shaving the peaks and making things louder, comes at a price. Distortion and Overflows. We hope that the Limiters and internal processing will do not do too much damage. If the user sets the RMS Levels too high (-6dB to 0db!) be sure of artifacts inside the audio.

You can select RMS levels and Dbfs levels.

For single files and genres of music, when mastering to a certain level is needed. Dbfs system is the same as RMS system but it relies on other measurement system called dbfs. Both RMS and dbfs systems are good when you are wanting to do things manually and adjust the loudness. When mastering or even after mastering. You can hunt down your appropriate levels and setup AAMS DSP-Loudness to follow. That must be digital distortion? Both systems AAMS system and the RMS System are not opponents, but friends!

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AAMS Loudness System

AAMS Sub Zero 0: 6.00 dB
AAMS Sub Zero 1: 5.75 dB
AAMS Sub Zero 2: 5.50 dB
AAMS Sub Zero 3: 5.25 dB
AAMS Sub Zero 4: 5.00 dB
AAMS Sub Zero 5: 4.75 dB
AAMS Sub Zero 6: 4.50 dB
AAMS Sub Zero 7: 4.25 dB
AAMS Loudness War I 1: 4.00 dB
AAMS Loudness War I 2: 3.75 dB
AAMS Loudness War I 3: 3.50 dB
AAMS Loudness War I 4: 3.25 dB
AAMS Loudness War II 1: 3.00 dB
AAMS Loudness War II 2: 2.75 dB
AAMS Loudness War II 3: 2.50 dB
AAMS Loudness War II 4: 2.25 dB
AAMS Increased 1: 2.00 dB
AAMS Increased 2: 1.75 dB
AAMS Increased 3: 1.50 dB
AAMS Increased 4: 1.25 dB
AAMS over the Top 1: 1.00 dB
AAMS Over the Top 2: 0.75 dB
AAMS Over the Top 3: 0.50 dB
AAMS Over the Top 4: 0.25 dB
AAMS Ultra Hard Loudness: 0.00 dB
AAMS Hard Loudness: -0.25 dB
AAMS Super Strong Loudness: -0.50 dB
AAMS Strong Loudness: -0.75 dB
AAMS Good Loudness: -1.00 dB
AAMS Average Loudness: -1.25 dB - Normal levels AAMS target setting
AAMS Medium Loudness 1: -1.50 dB
AAMS Medium Loudness 2: -1.75 dB
AAMS Soft Low ends 1: -2.00 dB
AAMS Soft Loudness 2: -2.25 dB
AAMS Uttara Soft Loudness 1: -2.50 dB
AAMS sutra Soft Loudness 2: -2.75 dB
AAMS Headroom Loudness 1: - 3.00 dB
AAMS Headroom Loudness 2: - 3.25 dB
AAMS Headroom Loudness 3: - 3.50 dB
AAMS Headroom Loudness 4: - 3.75 dB
AAMS Minimal Loudness 1: - 4.00 dB
AAMS Minimal Loudness 2: - 4.25 dB
AAMS Minimal Loudness 3: - 4.50 dB
AAMS Minimal Loudness 4: - 4.75 dB
AAMS Minimal Loudness 5: - 5.00 dB
AAMS Minimal Loudness 6: - 5.25 dB
AAMS Minimal Loudness 7: - 5.50 dB
AAMS Minimal Loudness 8: - 5.75 dB
AAMS Minimal Loudness 9: - 6.00 dB

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RMS Dynamic Loudness System

RMS Range Ultra Stupid: 0 dB
RMS Range Ultra Stupid: -2 dB
RMS Range Ultra Stupid: -3 dB
RMS Range Ultra Hard: -4 dB
RMS Range Ultra Hard: -5 dB
RMS Range Ultra: -6 dB
RMS Range Ultra: -7 dB
RMS Range Loud: -8 dB
RMS Range Loud: -9 dB
RMS Range Normal: -10 dB – Normal levels target setting
RMS Range Normal: -11 dB
RMS Range Normal: -12 dB
RMS Range Normal: -13 dB
RMS Range Normal: -14 dB
RMS Range Normal: -15 dB
RMS Range Normal: -16 dB
RMS Range Low: -17 dB
RMS Range Low: -18 dB
RMS Range Low: -19 dB
RMS Range Low: -20 dB
Dbfs Range Ultra Stupid: 0 dB
Dbfs Range Ultra Stupid: -2 dB
Dbfs Range Ultra Stupid: -3 dB
Dbfs Range Ultra Hard: -4 dB
Dbfs Range Ultra Hard: -5 dB
Dbfs Range Ultra: -6 dB
Dbfs Range Ultra: -7 dB
Dbfs Range Loud: -8 dB
Dbfs Range Loud: -9 dB
Dbfs Range Normal: -10 dB – Normal levels target setting
Dbfs Range Normal: -11 dB
Dbfs Range Normal: -12 dB
Dbfs Range Normal: -13 dB
Dbfs Range Normal: -14 dB
Dbfs Range Normal: -15 dB
Dbfs Range Normal: -16 dB
Dbfs Range Low: -17 dB
Dbfs Range Low: -18 dB
Dbfs Range Low: -19 dB
Dbfs Range Low: -20 dB

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AAMS Tools Tab

Audio file convetions and multiple dithering in 64bit calculations. Mostly understand AAMS will work best with WAV 32 or 16 Bit Stereo 44.1 KHz Files. You can import MP3 and WAV files.  When AAMS has a problem with these files, use the tools tab. Or convert your files with a convertor program / software, audio editor of your choose.

Normalize Audio File

Normalize an audio file to 0dB. Select the file format, click on Normalize Audio File. Select the input audio file that will be normalized. Select the output audio file that will be saved.

Convert MP3 Audio File

Convert an audio file to Wav. Select the file format, click on Convert MP3 Audio File. Select the input MP3 file that will be converted. Select the output audio file that will be saved.

Convert Wav to MP3 Audio File

Converts Wave Format files to MP3 audio files. Select the file format, click on Convert Wav Audio File. Select the input Wav file that will be converted. Select the output audio file that will be saved.

Wav Bitrate Converter

Select the file format, click on Convert Wav Audio File. Select the input Wav file that will be converted. Select the output audio file that will be saved.

AudioFormats

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AAMS V3 - Freeware version is free to download and free to use. It allows users to audio master files up to 4 minutes for free. Also the free version of AAMS you can test out the software and the quality of sound by listening the end results on your own speakers of computer / audio player. AAMS is a good learing tool and so it is recommended just to hear the sound and play around with the settings of reference vs source.

The following functions do apply to the freeware version :

Mastering single audio files up to 4 minutes with standard settings.
The user can analyze and master single audio files only ono by one.
The user can choose a reference file out of the Reference database Only.
Importing WAV and MP3 Audio Files into AAMS or Master Audio Files With AAMS.

DSP-EQ, 50 EQ Bands only.
DSP-Compressor, 4 Multibands only.
DSP-Loudness, AAMS measuring system only.

AAMS will only save the mastered outcome files as WAV16, WAV32 and MP3(192).

For most users this might be enough, simple one button mastering for free.
For full functionality read about the AAMS V3 Full Licensed Version.

To make full use of AAMS V3, you must register for AAMS V3 Full Professional Version. The AAMS software program, website and this manual gives information how to do so. AAMS Limited Freeware Version can be freely used. This program is Free Distributable, i.e. you can evaluate this functional Limited Freeware Version. Distribution of AAMS installer and AAMS software can be done on a freeware basis, take into account that asking money or payments for the AAMS software is prohibited and not legal. AAMS is distributed on NON-COMMERIAL basis, so if you paid money for AAMS, ask your money back from the distributor. When you commercially distribute AAMS Software or AAMS Coding or AAMS Install files or any reference that suggests commercial use to make money out of AAMS, you must stop your activities!

AAMS Auto Audio Mastering System - Is Limited Freeware!

This software package is available free of charge. You can show your appreciation and support future development by donating on existing and upcoming products. When you are using this software for a longer time or using this software for commercial use, to earn money, you must think about giving a part of it to the author and register AAMS for a Full Version License.

Thank You!

Denis van der Velde
Sined Supplies Inc.

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AAMS Auto Audio Mastering System V3 - Full Professional Registered Version.

The freedom to create your own audio style (reference) out of analyzing a single file or multiple files, combining references or adjusting references.

For users who like more control over the reference or the aams processing, create / adjust a reference out of the AAMS database.
Spectrum Reference Adjustments possible for Mono, Left and Right spectrum of a loaded reference and saving a new reference.
Or analyze commercial audio and create a reference accordingly.
Therefore having full control over Creating your own style reference and creating your own sound!

Features : Over > 1 Hour mastering audio tested, intresting option for long tracks or dj-mixes.

Reference Adjust, adjust the loaded reference file according to user EQ Spectrum changes, save user created reference.
Adjustements possible 5Khz to 20 Khz, -12dB to 12dB in the spectrum reference range by edditing anvelopes for Mono, Left and Right spectrum
Master Batch Audio Files, master multiple audio files at a single go, this is a good function for creating your own style reference!
Master Batch Analyze Files, create a new reference (or source) out of multiple analyzer files.
Auto Mastering (Albums), Semi Mastering (Single), Semi Mastering (Albums), Manual Mastering (Single), Manual Mastering (Albums), features to change AAMS behavior directly (options) for Single Audio or Albums of Audio.
Batch Multiple Reference(s) into One, this is a good function for creating your own style reference!
Batch Mastering multiple files or albums, first each files with their own reference.
Batch Mastering multiple files or albums, with a user made album reference (option).
DSP-EQ processing up to 100 Bands and full control to adjust each EQ band.
DSP-Compressor, 8 band Multiband Compressor Maximum, 1 to 8 Multibands setups possible.
DSP-Loudness (Balance and Loudnnes), with AAMS measuring system or dBFS measuring system.
DSP-Loudness, with two measuring and correction systems, AAMS measuring system and dBFS measuring system. 
Able to Automatic Master, Semi-Automatic Master and Manual Mastering!
AAMS Options are all available, as well as options from Analyzer, DSP-EQ, DSP-Compressor and DSP-Loudness.
Printing Documents in text and as charts.
Realtime Spectrum Analyzer.

Mastering outcome audio files and in between files.
This means after DSP-EQ processing an audio file is saved.
After DSP-Compression an audio file is saved.
After DSP-Loudness Balancing an audio file is saved.
After DSP-Loudness Gain an audio file is saved.
This gives the user control over the mastering process.
Also the AAMS Mastered audio file is saved.

Importing Wav, Wavpack,Vorbis Ogg, MP2, MP3,WMA, Apple M4a, Monkey Audio, AAC, Audio Files into AAMS or Master Audio Files With AAMS.

Get the AAMS V3 Full Registered Version for Licensed Users!

This software package is available free of charge, as for the AAMS Limited Freeware Version. But with a high encouragement that the user Registers for AAMS Full Version when used over a longer period, to the author and main supplier of the AAMS product. Registration for a Full Version License can only be done by the author and main supplier of AAMS. Go to www.curioza.com / Registration Page for more details.

This software package AAMS V3 is free of use for the Limited Freeware Version. You can continue to use AAMS V3 Limited Freeware Version, without registering for the AAMS V3 Full Version. But more professional options are not available in the AAMS V3 Limited Freeware Version. The AAMS V3 Limited Freeware Version is mainly intended for the ' easy' and ' fast' user. were mastering of a single track is done with a few button clicks and is done by AAMS V3 automatic functions. The end result will be a fully mastered track and all free of charge, AAMS V3 will stay Limited Freeware! You can master as many tracks as you like.

Register for the AAMS V3 Full Version.

This software package is available free of charge, but with an encouragement that the user makes a registration to the Full Professional Version. You can show your appreciation and support future development by registering AAMS, and make full use of the AAMS Software Full License Package. 
Without any blocking of options. A registered and licensed user can make use of all AAMS V3 professional functions! The price for registering a single computer and full license for AAMS V3 will be around 65 dollars or 65 Euros. For each single computer after registration is around 33 Dollars or 33 Euros.

Go to www.curioza.com / Registration Page for more details.

Thank You!

Denis van der Velde
Sined Supplies Inc.

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For all users who want to know the background to of the creation of AAMS Auto Audio Mastering System, here are some words about the author.

AAMS V1 to AAMS V3 - Year 2004 to 2017!

The programming of AAMS Started in mid-2004, at which time I had done enough manual mastering to see that some aspects could be automated. At first the AAMS V0.5 Beta program was simply creating suggestions for EQ, Multi-Band Compression and Loudness. This information was displayed and could be used to set up external equipment like plugins or outboard gear. This was time saving and made the mastering process more visible.  Then in AAMS V0.97 I added the routine for saving a Firium Preset based on the Graphic EQ Suggestions that would help setting up Firium EQ without having to do this manually (which that was time consuming).  I could listen each time AAMS calculated suggestions and confirm that it really did speed up the mastering process. After adding some more routines, testing and bug testing the small Reference database with 100 presets to use and scan for a good sound. AAMS V1.0 was released on 01/01/2005 and soon a user base was established. The best thing about releasing AAMS V1.0 to the public, was that more users were giving information back on their feelings about the program. After some time and changing some functions to be more defined, AAMS V1.1 was released. This version was quite stable and gave good information to users in its suggestions. The information back from users confirmed that the suggestions were quite good and helped most users very well. Although AAMS V1.1 needed some work to understand most users were very pleased with AAMS results. Most complaints about AAMS V1.1 were that the calculations were not very fast and the application needed some guidance when installing.

So for AAMS V1.5 I had to speed up the programs calculations and change the AAMS V1.1 platform. This meant full recoding and programming. For the requested use of DSP it was also necessary to increase the speed and the way AAMS V1.1 operated. After some DSP-EQ coding and reprogramming, AAMS V1.5 was released with its own internal Player and DSP-EQ. Now it was possible to listen and play AAMS Suggestions through a windows soundcard that helps scanning for a good sound. The DSP-EQ had a natural sound and worked correctly for most users, so the programming for DSP-Compressor and DSPLoudness could continue.

Now days AAMS V3 has got its own internal Mastering Rig! 
With the combination of DSP-EQ, DSPCompressor, DSP-Loudness you can complete a quality mastering job within AAMS with ease. I have a good understanding of mastering and AAMS contains those ideas. AAMS users also have a lot to say and have good ideas, so if you have something to add your ideas will be listened to. I do hope you have as much fun as me using the AAMS Program.

We do make a lot of work making AAMS a good and steady mastering alternative and I know AAMS can make a good sounding master. So please donate for this software when you are using AAMS and like it! We can use the donations for future updates and for keeping AAMS alive. Also we will use the donations for creating more software tools in future SSI releases. Register AAMS V3 for Full Version.

Thank You!
Denis van der Velde
AAMS Author

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BelieveIt1

Some music makers, mixing their own tracks into a stereo file, will always depend on a good hearing and good use of processors to make their mix into a good sounding master. Therefore AAMS does not replace a professional mastering engineer, but however AAMS does contribute towards learning and results in a good mastered sound when you apply these rules;

You can’t polish a turd.

JeremyTurd JodaTurd

Meaning if you mix lacks a good sound and is not mixed well enough, do not expect a mastering engineer or AAMS to make your sound better. AAMS does in most cases a good job. If not? Refer back to your mix, when mastering results in bad results or you expected better results. Mainly then AAMS can be a good learning tool, by mastering your mix down into a mastered audio file. At least you can hear the differences and find out were you mix needs improvement. It is always better to take care of separate mix tracks, resulting in a better overall sound. AAMS is based on that the user can expect what AAMS is going to do, so maybe understanding better what can be done inside a mix, and what can be done at the mastering stage. I would say Mixing is not about Mastering, vice versa.

For instance when you hear less or more bass frequencies, do you expect AAMS to correct them perfectly?

Well, AAMS does improve them. But when you are not happy with the amount of bass, you could adjust the Base drum and Bass inside your mix more and return back to AAMS, and see and hear the results. In some cases a professional mastering engineer will reject your mix down and will warn you for end results. Using AAMS as a learning tool for Mixing and Mastering, will improve your mixing skills and your sound. Some believe that only hearing, is the only way to master. That is old fashion true. But however, in most cases hearing is distorted by misuse of equipment, mistakes, and the room were you listen. Fatigue hearing is the most common distortion in mixing and mastering. When your ears are hearing the same music over and over, you will get distracted and will have to rest and come back another day, with clean ears! This is time consuming. Mastering manually is always time consuming. I say a master in 10 minutes can only be done by AAMS, or by manual results with a very good created mix down. The AAMS path is that audio files can be mastered inside 10 minutes by AAMS. So that is a timesaver, and the user can concentrate on the mix.

If this is mixing again, or using aams to have the best sound possible?

Even when you have the Best sound on one speaker system, why is it possible when you listen on another system the sound can still be bad or worse ? Well, some mix or master with headphones. Some mix and master with expensive speaker systems, enclosed or open rooms. Some are hearing bass frequencies better than others, some hear treble frequencies better than others. Still, when you switch speakers or the user, the same master will sound differently. The difference inside a car and household rooms can affect hearing the same sound. AAMS is mastering equally for all sound systems to have the best possible sound quality on all sound systems. AAMS does the same job, each time you use AAMS, the results are the same way, each time you can expect what AAMS does. AAMS has no distortions as fatigue or room environments or bad hearing. AAMS is purely based on precise calculations and you can expect what is coming out, is just the same. Each time. In the longer run you will expect what your sound will be, running it through AAMS. Because you can depend on AAMS doing the same job, over and over.

Do you believe this or not?

Fiddling with knobs, listening for the right sound in all rooms or speaker systems, taking more time and still thinking you did not get it exactly right ? This can be all over with thrusting AAMS to make a good master out of a good mix. In most cased Mastering is a byproduct. You have mixed your track or album, and you need it out to the public fast. Finally it is your choice!

Do you spend money on AAMS or a real professional mastering engineer ? For users who want to be in the creative music and mixing process, AAMS is a real solution with easy and costs far less money and will have a change of making your mix into a good sounding master, easy. And off course, never will you hear a real mastering engineer say ‘use AAMS instead’. Because they need your money and workload.

What are you going to do?

The music buss collapsed by free music. The money to be made is not the same as 10 years ago. The equipment is not the same. At least you can now save money for mastering your ‘free’ music. And thrust me AAMS does a really good job. 
I say 70.7% at least and more. Just concentrate on making good music and mixing it good! AAMS will do a great job then for you….

Still it is up to you.

We intent to make AAMS to create the best sound possible on all systems. If you do not thrust this statement, you can still try AAMS Limited Free Version and listen how your mix will sound, for Free! Or if you do not have any thrust, let your masters be done by a real mastering engineer or mastering website and still compare that with AAMS results ? Who is the better ? And if you are a real doing it yourself person ? AAMS is a great learning tool also! Need easy mastering ?

Use AAMS! We thrust in it!

AAMS V3 is Freeware to Try, So before bashing it, Try it!

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AAMS Auto Audio Mastering System V3

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