2016 KVR Developer Challenge Winners Revealed

The 2016 KVR Developer Challenge has now come and gone with 41 entries having been judged, awarded and dismissed. The winner this year is developer Youlean who will be off to the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California in January, thanks to their slick-looking loudness meter plugin, the stunningly named Youlean Loudness Meter. Well done, Youlean. The winners are as follows:…

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