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It's all about metering! What are your favorites and why? (examples given)
Old 19th October 2013
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It's all about metering! What are your favorites and why? (examples given)

I'm into metering lately so I was wondering what we have around nowadays to visualize our music and verify the ears. heh Some examples:

Blue Cat Audio > BC DP Meter Pro 4 {€59 / $79}
Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro - Peak, RMS, Crest factor and Dynamic Range Monitoring, with MIDI CC or Automation Generation
Brainworx / Plugin Alliance > TT Dynamic Range Meter / bx_meter {$99}
Active Member | DYNAMIC RANGE | pleasurize music!
Brainworx | bx_meter
Bram @ Smartelectronics > s(M)exoscope (waveform visualisation) {free}
Bram.Smartelectronix.Com
IK Multimedia > TR Meter {free}
IK Multimedia | T-RackS Custom Shop
iZotope > Ozone 5 Meter Bridge / Insight {$249 ($999 Advanced) / $499}
iZotope Ozone 5 Complete Mastering System | METERING
iZotope Insight | OVERVIEW
PSP Audioware > PSP 2meters > VU2 (VUM2M) + PPM2 (PPM2M) {$14.90}
PSP 2Meters two audio level measurement plug-ins: PSP VU2 and PSP PPM2.
Hornet > VU Meter {€3.99}
VU Meter plugin VST, AU - HoRNet Plugins
Klanghelm > VUMT {€8}
VUMT
Meter Plugs (Audio Pluggers) > K-Meter / LCAST {$49 / $149 ($ 299 Surround)}
K-Meter: K-System metering for VST and AU
LCAST: Loudness meter for broadcast (AU and VST)
NuGen > VisLM-H / VisLM-C {$449 / $299}
NuGen Audio VisLM – Loudness Meter AAX | RTAS | VST | AU
TC Electronic > LM6 / LM2 Radar Loudness Meter {$450 / $199}
LM6 Plug-in - Native Multichannel Loudness Meter | TC Electronic
LM2 Plug-in - Native Stereo Loudness Meter | TC Electronic
Waves > Dorrough {$300 ($149 on sale)}
Audio Level Meter Plugins - Dorrough Meter Collection | Bundles | Waves

What about metering inside certain plugins? For example: Fabfilter Pro-L and LVC-Audio ClipShifter have a nice real-time level display.

By the way, there's something I don't understand. Let me copy paste my reply from another thread (about VST and sample levels).
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Originally Posted by Dynamikemusic View Post
Interesting question because I recently 'discovered' a similar problem when using VU meters to check the difference between the digital and analog metering. I thought I kept everything in the green zone but it seems some sounds are still way too hot (only the VU meters show them in red). So now I start with accurate metering first (something like gain staging).

The strange thing is: I produce EDM ITB and never saw other EDM producers doing the same. I'm talking about tutorials for example. People must think 'ah it's just something for alternative music if you work OTB with a band or hardware' but that's a misunderstanding in my opinion.
Shouldn't this be one of the first things to learn in the mixing stage?
Old 20th October 2013
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Toneboosters EBULoudness has come in handy for me lately.
Old 20th October 2013
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I'm pretty attached to the Dorrough Meters. I have the hardware AES-40 meters and the Waves Dorrough Meters.

It's amazing how accurate the Waves version is compared to the hardware.

The Wavelab 8 meters are pretty nice two as an alternative.
Old 20th October 2013
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LM Correct from NuGen Audio lets you dial in loudness and peak level (Audiosuite for AAX only)
Old 20th October 2013
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Waves PAZ. Am I missing out on something?
Old 20th October 2013
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Paz. Accurate.
Old 21st October 2013
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Sonalksis > FreeG {free}
https://www.sonalksis.com/freeg.htm
Toneboosters > EBULoudness {€15}
TB EBULoudness
Waves > PAZ {$150}
PAZ Analyzer Audio Analyzer Plugin | Waves
Old 18th November 2013
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TC LM2 is on offer this week for $49
Old 18th November 2013
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BX Meter
It's perfect for finding out the dynamic range and phasing.
Old 18th November 2013
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Klanghelm VUMT
Old 19th June 2014
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I too am interested in this.

I tested this last night, and used Slate Digital's FG-X, bx_Meter, Voxengo SPAN and the Waves WLM Meter and all gave varying results.
Old 19th June 2014
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Paz for mixing, waves loudness for master, Nugen for tracking.
Old 19th June 2014
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i don t find meters in the digital domain very intersting..as long they dont clip they are not wort watching really.. I sometimes engage an old rtw meter.. i like the look of the plasma display and can see it from all positions in the room clearly..without engaging screenspace for it.. And it has a very nice ballistics that shows with the upper corner of the illuminated string the peak level and with the lower edge the minimal vu level.. the distance between the two shows you your dynamic range.. so as smaller the distance as denser .. I havent seen that this well working in a plug in meter yet..but even when some do it you dont have that good visibility..
Old 19th June 2014
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Paz for mixing, waves loudness for master, Nugen for tracking.
Do you get a benefit from using different meters for different tasks?

I find that a little odd... but would definitely be interested if you could explain a little further why you would do that
Old 19th June 2014
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Hofa has a nice free one that has some cool broadcast metering. Loudness, etc ...
Old 19th June 2014
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BX Meter
It's perfect for finding out the dynamic range and phasing.
yes, exactly that. and I am used to it, so I know what the levels are really when I look at it. and very important: fits perfect on the right side on the screen along the arrangement window and mixer of cubase. other metering-system are always in the way with their windows ...
Old 19th June 2014
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Do you get a benefit from using different meters for different tasks?

I find that a little odd... but would definitely be interested if you could explain a little further why you would do that
I use the Nugen for tracking because of some dual mono hw eq/comp, i see things better in that one and can make perfectly balanced L/R quickly (i don't have perfect eyes), paz for mixing because it's smaller i use it just for a quick overview of the spectrum frequencies and the stereo analyzer looks more familiar to me.
The two analyzers have different options for freezing or unfreezing meters, useful in some situations.
The waves loudness meter does things the others two don't.
Old 20th June 2014
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I use the Nugen for tracking because of some dual mono hw eq/comp, i see things better in that one and can make perfectly balanced L/R quickly (i don't have perfect eyes), paz for mixing because it's smaller i use it just for a quick overview of the spectrum frequencies and the stereo analyzer looks more familiar to me.
The two analyzers have different options for freezing or unfreezing meters, useful in some situations.
The waves loudness meter does things the others two don't.
Excellent.. thx! I'm glad I asked. I may take a look a paz. I use Klanghelm and love it b/c it has a nice uninvasive trim, but it's a little large for my screen... there are times when I'd like to have tons of meters up all at once.. like a digital meter bridge and just can't fit enough tracks at once.
Old 14th August 2014
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So, which of these would be the best replacement for FreeG? I need something that's 64bit, preferably AAX, shows RMS/Peak values and has a trim/fader adjustment?

Thanks
Old 14th August 2014
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So, which of these would be the best replacement for FreeG? I need something that's 64bit, preferably AAX, shows RMS/Peak values and has a trim/fader adjustment?

Thanks
Try this too-
HOFA 4U Meter, Fader & MS-Pan
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Old 14th August 2014
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telluride posted it first.

Left it idle in the post window for 2 hours. ISHT came up.

Last edited by RRCHON; 14th August 2014 at 10:18 PM.. Reason: useless post
Old 14th August 2014
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DMG Dualism is comparable to Insight if you need a stereo and analysis package and at £160 it is a little less expensive.
Old 15th August 2014
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Thanks, but I thought it didn't do RMS? Otherwise, looks pretty good.

The hornet meter looks cool too, but no AAX...
Old 15th August 2014
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A bit pricey but: Flux:: sound and picture development
Old 15th August 2014
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Just bought Hornet VU Meter - it was only a few bucks so why not. Haven't had a chance to dive in yet, but looks cool. Just wish it was AAX. Oh well, I guess I could just wrap it with Metaplugin...
Old 18th March 2015
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Just found this thread as I'm looking for a good K Meter plug in. I have tried the Audiopluggers one, which is good, but not sure on it as I can't get used to the lop sided meters - (i prefer full height side meters like Sound Forge).

I'm just trying Voxengo Elephant which has a WAVE preview and K-Metering.. I would use Reaper and set my full size Master Meters to K-Metering - BUT I use Ableton alot too, unless there was a way to route audio through each time to Reaper and use Reapers Master Output meters to mix in Ableton?
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