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Platinum Notes FAQ.

M1 computers are fully supported via Rosetta.

First, the file is decoded to an uncompressed WAV. Second, Platinum Notes analyses the volume of the file with our special algorithm that pays attention only to the drums. The benefit of drum analysis is that all your output files will have the same drum volume, which is really nice for beatmatching.

Next, it detects any clipped peaks, and fixes them with a combination of an iZotope multi-band audio processor, and our custom algorithm for clipped peak repair. It makes your music sound smoother and less distorted. After that, Platinum Notes adds warmth using an iZotope Exciter.

We have three settings: “No Warmth”, “Gentle Warmth” and “Hot vacuum tube”, which regulate the intensity of the effect. Gentle Warmth is like sitting by the pool in Ibiza during the summer. Hot vacuum tube is like listening to an old vinyl record at a record store. Both are good settings, but we recommend the “Gentle” setting for most DJs. Any pitch problems are fixed during processing as well.

Finally, Platinum Notes adjusts the volume of the output file by using another iZotope filter called IRC Limiter. It’s an elite-quality plugin that makes music louder without clipping it.

Platinum Notes never overwrites your original files. It creates new tracks with a slightly different filename, so you’ll know which ones have been improved. There’s no danger of messing up your music.

Platinum Notes 4 does not overwrite or alter your orignal source file. Instead, it creates a new file, with a ‘_PN” extension to the file name. There are two main reasons for this:

1. You can easily compare the effect of Platinum Notes’ processing, and decide whether to try different settings or keep it as it is.

2. In the event of any file corruption, your original file is intact. You can simply process it again.

Clipped peaks are spikes in an audio file that pass the -0.1db threshold, resulting in digital clipping, also known as peaking. This introduces harsh clicking sounds and is universally undesirable. Platinum Notes 4 removes these clipped peaks while retaining the dynamic range of the audio file in all other regards.

Platinum Notes 4 can add warmth to your tracks, which is often desirable for digital audio files. Warmth is added using Izotope’s Exciter. The three settings are best described as follows:

  • No warmth: No ‘Exciter’ added at all.
  • Gentle Warmth: subtle use of the Exciter, giving tracks a pleasant degree of saturation while still sounding ‘clean’. This setting is recommended for most DJs, and on most songs. You may not notice a huge difference, but the tracks will just sound a little sweeter.
  • Hot Vaccuum Tune: More heavily Excited, something akin to listening to old vinyl records. Suitable for DJs who like a more old-school flavor to their tracks.

Platinum Notes decodes to a high-quality WAV so it can work with the highest-quality material during the processing phase. It keeps the music sounding crystal clear without any artefacts. It’s important to use high quality source material because it gives Platinum Notes more room to recover the quality.

We recommend using lossless audio files such as AIFF files for source material because they give Platinum Notes more room to improve your tracks.

There are 2 default templates in Platinum Notes 4: Official, and Festival. The Official template has been calibrated and tested by multiple audio engineers and is the best possible settings for the majority of DJs. Festival has a little extra air in the hi-hats while retaining tons of low end. As such, it may be even better when performing on very large sound systems.

Yes. Mixed In Key will analyse your audio files and let you know if there are any clipped peaks that need repairing. You can then drag your files straight into Platinum Notes and let it work its magic! All your metadata and tags will automatically be copied into the _PN file.