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Name/Version: Volume Buddy 2 1.0
Author: Technoir  
Description: Volume Buddy is a one of a kind LUFS auto gain plugin that will change the way you mix and create music.

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- The only volume compensation plugin to do all routing within one plugin. It's no longer necessary for a send and receive pair of plugins.
- Remove volume bias from your mixing by automatically compensating the difference in volume introduced by plugins with extreme quickness and stability.
- Volume Buddy gain stages in LUFS which is the measurement closest to how the human ear perceives sound. Post-effect perceived volume should sound equivalent to pre-effect perceived volume and LUFS measures precisely that.
- Train your ears to listen to how effects and plugins change your sound and not the volume.
- Increase the speed at which you work and mix without the need to manually gain stage.
- Target Mode allows you to specify a specific LUFS level you want Volume Buddy to maintain. Volume Buddy automatically raises or lowers incoming audio to meet that level.
- Works with all plugin types (VST, AU, native Ableton effects).
- CPU Friendly.
- For Ableton 10 Suite only.


Current Version: 2.

v2: Volume Buddy 2 no longer needs a send and receive pair of plugins as all the routing takes place in one instance now. Incredibly quick and even more stable compared to version 1. New GUI. CPU reduction and general improvements.

v1.1: Fixed bug where volume would not remain set in Target Mode after pausing and replaying. Fixed a bug where volume would overshoot target value in certain instances. Added slider to adjust speed of update. Rack Mode now automatically detects when placed in a group. Now automatically slows down volume adjust and stops once target volume is reached, then upon change, adjusts again. Average Diff. bug fixed where upon clicking to see pre-adjust level, it would not return back to the proper Average Diff. value. Manual has been updated (please re-read).

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Live Version Used: 10.0.3
Max Version Used: 8.1
Date Added: Nov 07 2018 03:37:12
Date Last Updated: Mar 25 2020 00:48:50
Device Type: audio_device
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License (more info): Commercial


Looks promising! Have used the free device below, but found it to be not perfect. Also only seems to work with other Max devices - only stock ableton devices.

Does your device work with AU/VST, stock and amx devices? LOVE the idea of using LUFS btw.

Also, care to upload a demo YouTube video? :)

A couple similar devices:

Audio Amplitude Preserver - Sender 0.5 (FREE)

Volume Compensator 1.1 (PAID)

Sorry, the free one above does NOT* seem to work with other max devices.

Wow, I am really botching these comments here. Looks like the above two are both FREE.

Hey, still wondering if this works with AU/VST, stock, as well as other Max devices.

Just bought it and yes looks like it works with other vst plugins

The thing is on the market today the only other one making this stuff is meterplugs and it costs 149$ ...

the 5$ are well well invested on this one specially on lufs matching

Good job!

Did also a test with my ears and some manual lufs matching via metters I think I just saved 144 $

Nice! I guess I'll give it a shot! :)

This is fantastic. Cheap. Easy to use. Exactly what I needed to help mitigate the "louder is better" thing.

Nice fantastic.

Big improvement now theres less instances and also timing is much improved.

i have found 1 slight bug however. When the VB is loaded into a rack and the project is closed then reopened, it does not detect the gain correctly. To remedy i can pull the VB out of the rack and all works fine

I'm getting weird volume jumps when I play with it.
Also, when I play an instrument with this plugin on, the keys don't register properly for some reason.

Any fixes for this?

I love Volume Buddy, it just works! :)

One question: Does it make sense to built in a max volume field? So that you can define -10db as max target and volume buddy does automatically decrease the volume to -10db?

@vocalaccident - I was thinking the same thing. I've always mixed my kick to -10dB, but don't know off the top of my head how the converts to LUFS. If this was on a master track I get -14 LUFS, but putting this on mix busses is really great, but I don't know the exact conversion for the levels I was each buss to be at.

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