what do you think about Spectre (from Audiofile-engineering)?
It's only standalone but so far I think it's pretty impressive and detailed...
I only started using it but I love it so far...
Is anyone using it for mastering?
I'm using Spectre. I moved from Pure Analizer from Flux:: and Spectre is way better for my needs. It allows customization, it's not a CPU heavy software and most important Spectre is stable.
For mastering I use it for checking L/R balance when I receive some mixes that are not centered, or to check loudness if I'm working for R128, and for general level metering.
It is stand alone but you can easily send audio from your DAW to it. AE announce they were releasing version 2 of Spectre and Spectre for iPad so they are probably working on other ways to integrate Spectre with other apps.
I like the meters in Spectre, but from a workflow standpoint I still prefer using plug ins versus something standalone. Now that Triumph is slowly getting the meters from Spectre it's less of an issue for me, easy enough to just use those if needed.
it's not a CPU heavy software and most important Spectre is stable.
Odd... My experience has been quite different. The meters are indeed beautiful, but it's very resource heavy and crashes pretty frequently. Opening just a few meters brings the fans in my computer to full speed. I thought the software was at fault, but if it's working for you, maybe something went wrong during the installation.
I had dismissed Spectre as being not-yet-ready for prime-time. I'll have to reevaluate.
Mastering - sitting across my analogue returns with Phase meters , numeric levels (awesomely useful for lining up vintage processors with tone when their pots don't match between two units), stereo balance metering, another stereo meter with faster integration time and low pass filter at 300Hz to judge low end for vinyl masters...
Mixing - how about a second display full of 32 level meters displaying each of my analogue inputs and stereo mix with phase, loudness, etc etc etc
I could go on...
It's simple, configurable, extremely stable and on my setup at least (I have a Mac Pro with stock Nvidia GFX) requires virtually none of my machine's resources.
For the price it's fantastic - I wish they'd implement shift/alt/ctrl selecting multiple items to change inputs and outputs!