New Tool (2.8): Monitor


(KMaki) #1

This is early, and maybe somewhat messy/unstable, but works well enough to give a go, I think.

4017 com.kmaki.Monitor_Rns280_V0.1.xrnx

This tool is built for the purpose of using custom metering plugins in a certain way. It creates and manages one silent send track that holds a set of (max 10) metering plugins. You know, like voxengo SPAN or Klanghelm VUMT or PSP vintage meter or such. In addition it also manages a single send device that sends audio to that track, for the meters to react on. The send device follows the active track, so you can skim through tracks and have the “monitor track” devices respond to whatever track is under your cursor. I’ve found this thing pretty useful in my custom metering endeavors.

It creates two shortcuts under the Mixer:Track Control -subgroup.

“Monitor - Init”
-creates the track if it’s not there and toggles device external gui visibility

“Monitor - Exit”
-Removes the track from project

Usage:

  1. Open a project.

  2. hit the “Monitor - Init” -bind.
    this will create a new send called __MNTR__ at the end of your track list.
    it will also create a send device that will follow the selected track. Ignore that for now.

  3. setup your metering plugins. Add them on the __MNTR__ track dsp chain.

  4. You’re set!

Now, hitting the “Monitor - Init” will toggle visibility of all the metering plugin GUIs and create the send device that follows the selected track.
When you feel that you don’t want the monitor track around anymore, you can hit the “Monitor - Exit” -bind, that will remove the send AND the track from the project.

One known issue is that it seemed to make my installation of ToggleDSPs (by Bantai) bug out (randomly?). I’ve not really been using that tool so I “solved” the problem by uninstalling the ToggleDSPs. If this is a deal breaker, you might need to consider not using this tool :(

As for now, the metering device chain you define in the “monitor track” is supposed to be an “universal” one, meaning, that it’s going to be the same chain and parameters every time (not unique per project). It’s stored in the tool preferences.

That’s it. Try it out. I’m sure there are some design problems there still.


(Ledger) #2

Nice, thanks for sharing!


(Dunks) #3

Works brilliant, I had to take keyboard focus of my vsts as the bind wouldn’t close them and created a pre-master to monitor the master just to save cpu as I run quite a few vst. Great work!


(slippycurb) #4

sweet idea,will try once Im home sir!!


(Dunks) #5

Could really do with this 1 being updated for R3.

Edit: works with API v4


(Ledger) #6

Updated the xml on this as it didn`t auto-update properly:

7901 com.kmaki.Monitor_V0.2.xrnx


(esaruoho) #7

pretty neat , which plugins would you suggest and can ya throw us an effectchain?


(Ledger) #8

pretty neat , which plugins would you suggest and can ya throw us an effectchain?

kmaki suggested a couple of good options:

This tool is built for the purpose of using custom metering plugins in a certain way. It creates and manages one silent send track that holds a set of (max 10) metering plugins. You know, like voxengo SPAN or Klanghelm VUMT or PSP vintage meter or such. In addition it also manages a single send device that sends audio to that track, for the meters to react on. The send device follows the active track, so you can skim through tracks and have the “monitor track” devices respond to whatever track is under your cursor. I’ve found this thing pretty useful in my custom metering endeavors.

That’s it. Try it out. I’m sure there are some design problems there still.

I would also suggest an oscilloscope like Oscarizer (free and payware versions available):

http://www.sugaraudio.de/oscarizor/

or s(M)exoscope:

http://bram.smartelectronix.com/plugins.php?id=4

or the best one IMO Oszillos, though payware – this one also seems to have the worst kind of CR protection aswell and needs to check server every start up…

https://schulz.audio/products/oszillos-mega-scope/

Still experimenting with fx chains as only just re-found this tool :slight_smile: