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    Default Simple VU Meter for a Mac?

    I got to digging around last night on that wonderful series of tubes we call the internet, looking for something like a basic VU meter (standalone variety, not a plug in) that would monitor audio playing through my system.

    Actually, not as easy as it seems. I inadvertently downloaded a couple that were intended to be plug-ins -- but not for any software I own -- and there was one supposedly that would monitor audio levels in iTunes -- not quite what I was looking for, but I installed it anyway, and when I opened up iTunes, it was nowhere to be found.

    The most promising stand alone one seemed to be the Orban Loudness Meter - and at Free, it was certainly the right price too - but no matter how loudly or softly I played audio, it detected..... absolutely nothing. I tried all the different settings - Built-In Digital Input, Built-in Line Input, Soundflower 2ch and 16ch (even though I don't really know what that is), and still nothing. As far as it was concerned, there was no audio playing through my computer.

    I found one page that displayed 25 pieces of software that all claimed to do some variety of audio metering. Some were as expensive as 150 Euros. Sigh.

    I produce a weekly radio show, and I edit that show on a piece of software called Fission. It's simple, robust, elegant, and gets the job done. And all I want is a stand-alone app that will sit quietly in the background and monitor the audio levels during playback.

    Right now, I rely on my ears to make sure the audio levels are good on playback, but thought maybe it would be nice to have a second opinion....

    So..... sorry about the long saga. Anyone have any advice? Because I'm stumped.

    Also - don't have a lot to spend on this. I'm hoping for something like either free or maybe 10, 15 bucks at the very outside.

    Thanks, Gurus!!!!

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    A software meter will need to be inserted on the output buss of your DAW. Don't know what plug-ins it supports.

    I use one called PSP Vintage Meter in Pro Tools. it appears to have morphed into http://pspaudioware.com/plugins/tool...s/psp_2meters/. Looks like it supports pretty much all the popular plug-in formats.

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    Well, I think that was one of the plug-ins I tried, and it said to install it into the Library: Application Support folder, and after I did, the only thing in there was a EULA, a pdf instruction manual, and a html link that took you to their website -- but no plug-in that I could see. And in their users manual, Fission (my particular piece of editing software) didn't show up as one of the supported applications. So, I don't know, maybe I did something wrong. I opted for the "Easy Install" so it should have installed everything....

    I must admit to being somewhat confused by the whole DAW thing. I don't have a special sound card or anything like that. I mean.... I just edit the audio for the radio show using Fission - it's pretty much like a word processor - drag, drop, cut and paste. So, I dunno, maybe I need a primer/refresher course on DAW?

    The people who make Fission also make another piece of software (Audio Hijack Pro) that will let you capture any audio that is currently going through the system bus. They also have setting for capturing audio from iTunes and other pieces of software, but the setting that allows for the capturing of ANY audio was the one that made me think that there might be a piece of stand alone software that basically did the same thing, in terms of a VU Meter, that just monitored the audio going through the system.

    Maybe I'll try another installation on your recommendation. I'm pretty sure that's the first one I found last night.

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    Any app that you use to record, edit, and mix audio would be a DAW (digital audio workstation). Some are simple, and some are incredibly complex.

    I checked out the Fission page, and it doesn't mention anything about plug-ins. If there's no audio plug-in support you're pretty much sunk on a software meter. Hardware meters are not cheap.

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    I was afraid of that. Dang! :/ But thanks for the info all the same.....

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