traKmeter

Loudness meter for correctly setting up tracking and mixing levels (gain staging).

Screen shot of traKmeter

About

Sadly, most digital audio equipment only has peak meters. This is readily understandable as you want to avoid digital clippings by all means. However, badly chosen meter ranges and scales often render these meters useless. And the lack of average meters does not exactly facilitate gain staging.

When I had realised this, I started coding traKmeter. It has evolved with my growing knowledge and recording experience, but the underlying ideas haven’t changed at all.

Please read the manual for a more extensive introduction.

FAQ

traKmeter crashes when the plug-in is loaded/opened

  1. traKmeter comes with a folder called trakmeter. This folder must be located in the same folder as the plug-in, so please copy it along and try again!

  2. traKmeter requires a processor which supports the SSE2 instruction set (if you run at Windows 8 and above, it does). On Windows, you might also have to install the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017.

Documentation

For documentation and further information, please see the manual and the directory doc.

Code of conduct

Please read the code of conduct before asking for help, filing bug reports or contributing to this project. Thanks!

Releases

The current version is 2.4.7 (built on 2020-04-19). It requires a processor which supports the SSE2 instruction set. On Windows systems, you may also have to install the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017.

The source code can be downloaded from GitHub.

Current release

System Version Bits Release
GNU/Linux 2.4.7 32 bit VST2 plug-in
Stand-alone
64 bit VST2 plug-in
Stand-alone
Windows 7 2.4.7 32 bit VST2 plug-in
and above VST3 plug-in
Stand-alone
64 bit VST2 plug-in
VST3 plug-in
Stand-alone

LV2 plug-ins (not updated anymore)

System Version Bits Release
GNU/Linux 2.4.6 32 bit LV2 plug-in
64 bit LV2 plug-in

Bug reports

Please report bugs using GitHub’s issue tracker. You may also use it to place your wishes or ideas.

License

This is free software and licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3).

Please note, however, that the VST2 SDK is not free. I provide a VST2 plug-in because it is a de facto standard that makes life easier for musicians and engineers who just want to make some great sounding albums.

But if you are a free software advocate, you might not want to use the VST2 plug-in. The pre-built GNU/Linux stand-alone and VST3 plug-ins really are free software in the sense of the Free Software Foundation.

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