So, should the input gain be adjusted so that the VU approaches 0, and the output gain adjusted to compensate? What if adjusting the input gain doesn't drive the VU very hot? Should a volume control be placed in front of the plugin then? How about drive? How does that work in relation to input and output gain?
Not sure what my RMS is because my track only has peak meters (REAPER). Even if I push it so that it's peaking around -6 or so, the VU meter in Acquavox is barely moving at all. I think it goes to about -10 at the most (I think it's -10, the numbers are small and fuzzy), and that is when I have the input gain all the way up. Not sure what I'm doing wrong. Is it a graphics processing thing?
Thanks for the link. The meter looks nice, but I can't figure out how to actually download it. It tells me I need to sign in, but doesn't give me the option to register anywhere. Maybe I have to be an existing customer? I am sure I can find another meter somewhere else though. Still, with peaking at -6, I can't see getting my RMS up any higher while maintaining reasonable peak levels without compression or a clipper.
elam, thanks for your reply. enriquesilveti, thanks for your help as well. I appreciate that you are offering your time and that you do so despite being under no obligation to offer help to new users.
With respect, I read the forums, searched Google, looked for a manual and didn't get the answers I was looking for, so I asked some questions here, posed in such a way that if others have the same questions, they would be answered for them as well.
REAPER RMS values on the master do not reflect the values on my individual tracks because of my pan laws. Master RMS is of little value when working with individual tracks in a full mix. There is a REAPER FR to included RMS meters on tracks. I hope it gets accepted.
If the VU meters are not functional, it would probably be best not to include them as there is a risk of having the software appear as if it does not function correctly.
I am guessing that the developers are trying to attract new users and potential customers by generously offering up free products like this. It has worked with me, as I am now interested in Nebula. I am also guessing that there are a lot of potential customers who won't put in the effort to make sure they are using it correctly and won't continue to push to find the answers. I care about my sound and I want to find and support talented developers so it is worth it to me.
I posted an animated clip that clearly shows what I am doing. To help me, and other potential users, can someone please tell me if this is how Acquavox is supposed to function? Are my inputs correct and is Acquavox behaving as expected?
A simple manual with best practices and explanations could make this a much better experience for new users. Believe me, if I could have just RTFM, I wouldn't have bothered anyone.