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HoRNet Plugins introduces VU Meter MK4 digital VU Meter with automatic gain
Old 8th November 2019
  #31
I would pay good money for a mixing prep tool that would:
  • analyze and gain stage every single audio file (track) in a folder to -18 dBFS (or user adjustable)
  • detect stereo files in that folder that are in fact mono, and split them and remove redundant files
It shouldn't even be a plug-in. It should be a utility run from the OS.
Old 8th November 2019 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Henrik Hjortnaes View Post
I would pay good money for a mixing prep tool that would:
  • analyze and gain stage every single audio file (track) in a folder to -18 dBFS (or user adjustable)
  • detect stereo files in that folder that are in fact mono, and split them and remove redundant files
It shouldn't even be a plug-in. It should be a utility run from the OS.
I would pay good money for these options as well!
Old 8th November 2019 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Henrik Hjortnaes View Post
I would pay good money for a mixing prep tool that would:
  • analyze and gain stage every single audio file (track) in a folder to -18 dBFS (or user adjustable)
  • detect stereo files in that folder that are in fact mono, and split them and remove redundant files
It shouldn't even be a plug-in. It should be a utility run from the OS.
As for the second half, I know there's a program out there that already does it called "Stereo Monoizer". That might help you currently.

https://www.soundizers.com/
Old 8th November 2019 | Show parent
  #34
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As for the second half, I know there's a program out there that already does it called "Stereo Monoizer". That might help you currently.
Thanks man. I forgot about that one and thought it was Mac OS only (I'm on Windows).
Old 8th November 2019 | Show parent
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Thanks man. I forgot about that one and thought it was Mac OS only (I'm on Windows).
I hear you. I'm on Windows here as well and it works fine but there is something strangely apple looking about both the software and their website so I don't blame you for thinking it was mac only!
Old 8th November 2019 | Show parent
  #36
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Fair enough, thanks. I thought there was more convenience hidden somewhere in the plug-in (offline analyzing, lookahead). Playing all the way through a song is the kicker for me. I can usually gainstage my sessions quicker by just manually adjusting clip gain on each track by eye, watching the Pro Tools meter. Oh, and I can't copy the plug-in from a stereo track to a mono track in Pro Tools, which adds to the hassle.
In a +20 track session that has tracks that are all over the place it is worth every penny.
Old 9th November 2019 | Show parent
  #37
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Fair enough, thanks. I thought there was more convenience hidden somewhere in the plug-in (offline analyzing, lookahead). Playing all the way through a song is the kicker for me. I can usually gainstage my sessions quicker by just manually adjusting clip gain on each track by eye, watching the Pro Tools meter. Oh, and I can't copy the plug-in from a stereo track to a mono track in Pro Tools, which adds to the hassle.
Of course, if it doesn´t fit your workflow then its ok.

My mix prep involves AA and N4 preamps, console emulation, tape emulation, sometimes guitar and keybs sound design, etc. so after being done fidling with all these, just put on an instance of vumk3 (now mk4) and do a final listen while getting tracks gainstaged. Then do a general freeze, save as next iteration, copy tracks and delete frozen ones, and voila, a new file with all sounds worked and gainstaged. And ready to go out to hardware if need be too.

Also, I use it like I mention on this post: Nebula must have

Also, bear in mind you can complement it with functionality from your daw: In ptools (I think) you can disable rows of plugins across all your tracks, so that would save some steps in what I described in that post above. Also, you may be able to set a default setting for your plugins, so you could select all mono tracks, instantiate the plugin in all at once, do that again for stereo tracks, press "auto" button in one of them and then play... go get a cup of coffee and upon getting back do a save as next iteration and commit all tracks... and done! hehe

Anyway, just giving you a couple of ideas about how it can be used. Hope it helps.


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It's doing LUFS, not dB as far as I can tell.
Ooops, didn´t remember that! Maybe still helpful if going with around -23? Hornet has another plugin just like VUMeter but in lufs...


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In a +20 track session that has tracks that are all over the place it is worth every penny.
Indeed!!
Old 9th November 2019
  #38
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I use it on my main busses to keep things in check(got them grouped) and I usually have it in the first insert of vocals (which I do a pass if auto on it) most vocals I receive are usually pretty wild gain wise so this helps getting it in the pocket a bit.

Plus it looks good!
Old 9th November 2019 | Show parent
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I use it on my main busses to keep things in check(got them grouped) and I usually have it in the first insert of vocals (which I do a pass if auto on it) most vocals I receive are usually pretty wild gain wise so this helps getting it in the pocket a bit.

Plus it looks good!
Oh man, stupido mio,
now I have the answer for the Mantis comp on master bus.
Old 11th November 2019 | Show parent
  #40
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I was thinking about a normalizing utility that can work on a bunch of tracks offline, probably a normalizer V2 though as VU Meter has always been a "meter with auto gain" but I haven't thought about a function that made tracks mono if the content on the right and left channel were the same.

That's a nice idea.

Saverio
Old 14th November 2019 | Show parent
  #41
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Hi Saverio,

Maybe you can add a MeterBridge option in the Display pull down menu? This way we can view it as MeterBridge. This could save some time toggling the display menu. It would be great. Just a suggestion though. :-)
Old 14th November 2019 | Show parent
  #42
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For those worried about VU Meter's gain quality not being as good as other gain plugins...worry no longer:




Plus, an official overview video:

Old 14th November 2019 | Show parent
  #43
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For those worried about VU Meter's gain quality not being as good as other gain plugins...worry no longer:




Plus, an official overview video:

Thank you for the test, actually bitshifting if done with integers is less precise than a MUL done on two doubles.

This all boils down to how the CPU treats those values, if you use SSE math or integer you are working with 64bit registers (plenty of data for audio applications, 64bit are equal to 385dB of headroom) but if you use double precision floats (like I do in every plugin) the compiler uses the FPU giving you 80bit of resolution for mul and div operations (in exchange of a slower execution time).

Saverio
Old 15th November 2019 | Show parent
  #44
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@ HoRNet
I had saved VU Meter MK4 in a REAPER template (64-bit VST3). The audio is now panned more on one side with the update. Was that something that changed during the bug fix?
Old 15th November 2019 | Show parent
  #45
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@ HoRNet
I had saved VU Meter MK4 in a REAPER template (64-bit VST3). The audio is now panned more on one side with the update. Was that something that changed during the bug fix?
Absolutely not, the only difference is that now VST3 sees correctly two audio channels instead of just one.

Does this happens in a new session too? My tests with Reaper did not show any of this issues.

Saverio
Old 16th November 2019 | Show parent
  #46
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Absolutely not, the only difference is that now VST3 sees correctly two audio channels instead of just one.

Does this happens in a new session too? My tests with Reaper did not show any of this issues.

Saverio
In new sessions VST3 works fine. I'll just change my template, not a big problem! To clarify, I had saved the previous template with version 1.0 . Then I updated the plugin to the new version and that's where I ran into panning issues. But, once I added a new instance of the VU Meter it was OK.
Old 18th November 2019 | Show parent
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In new sessions VST3 works fine. I'll just change my template, not a big problem! To clarify, I had saved the previous template with version 1.0 . Then I updated the plugin to the new version and that's where I ran into panning issues. But, once I added a new instance of the VU Meter it was OK.
Oh that's weird probably something saved with the template conflicted with the new two channel configuration, but honestly it should not have happened...

Saverio
Old 11th December 2019
  #48
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Version 4.1.1 released! Changes:

Fixed crash in Cubase on macOS and GarageBand when closing plugin window
Improved color scheme of VU meter bar
Fixed issue with draggable controls setting to lowest value on first click
Added plugin window size saving with project
Added reset of controls to default value using alt+click
Fixed issue with plugin names not being removed from display dropdown when they are removed from session
Old 28th December 2019 | Show parent
  #49
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Limiter?

Does MK4 basically work like a limiter? Does it affect the dynamics of the recorded track?
Old 28th December 2019 | Show parent
  #50
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It's not a limiter. It's just a gain plugin. Once the gain adjustment is set, you just leave it.

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Does MK4 basically work like a limiter? Does it affect the dynamics of the recorded track?
Old 28th April 2020 | Show parent
  #51
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I just purchased VU Meter MK4 and am really liking it overall, but does it bring anyone else's system to its knees? I'm on a 2016 Macbook Pro i7 16gb ram (I know not the latest and greatest) and with a 20-30 track logic session with VU Meter on auto on every track the audio plays plays fine, but the graphics on the whole session completely lag out and I get a spinning wheel for up to a minute after I hit stop. I'm assuming it might be a graphics card problem. Has anyone else encountered this and have a solution?

Thanks!
Old 26th August 2020 | Show parent
  #52
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Hey,

I recently purchased VUmeter, and basically like it a lot, but it is somewhat buggy in my setup (Samplitude Pro X5, VST3): The Auto function gets the gain right in the first place, but upon bounce sometimes all gain values in one group are set to the same value (usually +5.7). I always get this behavior when I select multiple tracks (this happened with VST2 as well), but even if I use a workaround for this (soloing / muting before multi track bounce), I sometimes get the same bug.

Did any one else see this behavior?

Cheers, Peer
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