VU meters for free

VST, AU, etc. plug-in Virtual Effects discussion
pascual
KVRist
467 posts since 15 Jul, 2003 from costa rica / oregon

Post Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:36 am

Buenos días!

Hey I’m not finding a mastering VU meter for free at the moment. And pennies are few...
I’m thinking that maybe I can use one of my many compressors without engaging their parameters and just use the meter in a “pre” position to read the output.
Does that work?
My options At the moment For vu meters (incorporated into compressors) would be psp Vintage Warmer, or waves La2a or the 1176. Either those or some freeware klanghelms that I also have...
Valid approach?
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chk071
KVRAF
24887 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:39 am

Hmm... I remember a VU meter being for free for Studio One users. I have it my account. I'm just not sure if it is still free, and, of course, if you own Studio One anyway.

Here are some more options: https://www.kvraudio.com/plugins/vu-meter
Plugins and a DAW. On a operating system. Which runs on a computer.

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El°HYM
KVRist
440 posts since 21 Nov, 2015

Post Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:42 am

For free, I only know of this one (The sleepy time was also pretty good, if you can still find it somewhere). https://www.tb-software.com/TBProAudio/mvmeter2.html

A few bucks more, might be the Klanghelm then.
The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.

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ATN69
KVRAF
2087 posts since 5 Oct, 2015 from Swedish / Living in Hong Kong

Post Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:47 am

This plug is a VU meter and stereo tool in one. It is free and 64-bit vst.

https://www.kvraudio.com/product/free-l ... y-time-dsp
Win 10 -64bit, CPU i7-7700K, 32Gb, Focusrite 2i2, FL-studio 20, Studio One 4, Reason 10

rbn777
KVRer
29 posts since 4 Oct, 2019

Post Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:11 am

It's not exactly free, but it does cost next to nothing (only 5,99€), so...

https://www.hornetplugins.com/plugins/h ... meter-mk4/

The auto-gain and grouping features alone are worth the money. Haven't seen those features even in the paid ones :)

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excuse me please
KVRian
513 posts since 10 Oct, 2018

Post Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:03 am


ENV1
KVRAF
2716 posts since 31 Aug, 2011

Post Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:39 am

Ultra Precise Metering + Fader if you need it.

Ballistics, PanLaw, etc. on the backpanel.

To me still the best.

https://www.sonalksis.com/freeg.html

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pascual
KVRist
467 posts since 15 Jul, 2003 from costa rica / oregon

Post Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:52 pm

Is the sonalksis a VU meter?
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chk071
KVRAF
24887 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:59 pm

Technically, yes. But, I assume you're looking for one with a analog style meter display
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Trancit
KVRAF
2853 posts since 27 Jul, 2004

Post Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:00 pm

Not really... :)

ENV1
KVRAF
2716 posts since 31 Aug, 2011

Post Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:13 pm

It can be.

There is a Ballistics switch on the backpanel where you can choose between:

- Digital PPM (default)
- PPM
- VU
- BBC

I myself never use those other modes though, i always use Digital PPM.

Trancit
KVRAF
2853 posts since 27 Jul, 2004

Post Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:37 pm

ENV1 wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:13 pm
It can be.

There is a Ballistics switch on the backpanel where you can choose between:

- Digital PPM (default)
- PPM
- VU
- BBC

I myself never use those other modes though, i always use Digital PPM.
Really... I stand corrected... I never knew about any backpanel options...
Every day you can learn something new... :hyper:

No_Use
KVRAF
2450 posts since 13 Mar, 2004

Post Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:02 pm

Trancit wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:37 pm
ENV1 wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:13 pm
It can be.

There is a Ballistics switch on the backpanel where you can choose between:

- Digital PPM (default)
- PPM
- VU
- BBC

I myself never use those other modes though, i always use Digital PPM.
Really... I stand corrected... I never knew about any backpanel options...
Every day you can learn something new... :hyper:
Same here and I've been using it for years lol.
Thanks.

ENV1
KVRAF
2716 posts since 31 Aug, 2011

Post Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:22 pm

Trancit wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:37 pm
Really... I stand corrected... I never knew about any backpanel options...
Every day you can learn something new... :hyper:
Im afraid i have to stand corrected.

I just did some checking out of curiosity (like i said i dont normally use those other modes) and it turns out that the metering itself does not change to VU. The switch really only changes the ballistics, i.e. how the meter responds to the signal. But the actual scale remains the same. (Seems a bit pointless that way, but anyhow.)

So if 'true' VU metering is required then FreeG is not the right plugin. I think Sleepy-Time Records Stereo Channel would fit the bill for that. (ATN69 has a link in his post.)

pascual
KVRist
467 posts since 15 Jul, 2003 from costa rica / oregon

Post Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:45 pm

Ok, but how about the second part of the question. Can I use the meters on vintage warmer without touching any other parameters and get the same results?
I’m trying a gain staging strategy I’ve read about in a couple of places that requires a vu meter...
And bummer about the freeG which I really like. I didn’t know about the back panel thing....
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