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Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro
"A unique audio meter and side chaining tool"

Description

Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro - Peak, RMS, Crest factor and Dynamic Range Monitoring, with MIDI CC or Automation Generation

Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro (DPMP) is a unique audio analysis tool: it combines very flexible and customizable audio meters with advanced side chaining control capabilities thanks to its MIDI and automation outputs.

The metering capabilities of the DPMP plug-in let you control and monitor audio signals exactly the way you want: almost every aspect of the peak, RMS and crest factor meters can be customized. It proposes five different scales by default, including Bob Katz's popular K-System scales (K-12, K-14, K-20), and you can create your own.

Large colored statistics displays following your own scales are included for an overview of a track, while histograms give you a precise measurement of the dynamic range of the track. The graphs show the evolution of the audio envelopes over time, and the mid-side switch lets you verify mono compatibility problems and check the "stereoness" of your audio sources very easily. Whether you are working with mono, stereo or surround tracks, this plug-in will fit into your workflow.

All envelopes (peak, RMS, crest factor...) can be reused for additional monitoring or side chaining purposes: combined together, reversed, modified and recorded as automation curves or sent as MIDI CC messages, they can control other effects in real time.

The DP Meter Pro Tutorials explain how to use these unique capabilities in your favorite host. Possibilities are endless, from voice over and ducking to side chain compression, multiple tracks monitoring or dynamic stereo enhancement. It is also possible to control external MIDI hardware (such a synths, MIDI effects), video effects or lighting systems with an audio signal.

Typical applications: Audio levels monitoring, crest factor measurement, dynamic range display, ducking, advanced side chaining techniques, signal-based envelope generation.

Features

Main Features

  • Multichannel peak, RMS & crest factor meter.
  • True dynamic range measurement with levels histograms.
  • Instant, average and maximum audio levels.
  • Modular user interface to fit into your workflow, with multiple screen sizes.
  • Total control over the metering characteristics, including attack/release shape.
  • Bob Katz's K-System scales support (K-12 / K-14 / K-20 and custom)
  • Mono, stereo, mid-side or surround analysis.
  • Record measurements (peak, RMS, crest factor, clip etc.) as automation curves.
  • Control in real time any MIDI-compatible plug-in or external MIDI device with the generated envelopes thanks to the plugin's MIDI CC output. See the Tutorials section for more examples.
  • Manage the shape of the output envelope: record reversed envelope, change amount of signal, and offset the generated envelope. This lets you use the plug-in for side chain ducking, compression and much more.
  • Easy 'stereoness' and phase cancelation measurement.

Blue Cat Audio Standards:

  • Available as: Mac-AAX, Mac-AU, Mac-RTAS, Mac-VST, Win-AAX, Win-DX, Win-RTAS, Win-VST, Win x64-AAX, Win x64-DX, Win x64-VST.
  • Native DSP code for optimal performance.
  • Full MIDI control and automation support with silent, zipper-free parameters update, advanced response control and MIDI Learn.
  • No CPU load on idle: when the plug-in is fed with silence, the processing smoothly shuts down, to optimize the CPU usage of your Digital Audio Workstation.
  • Skinnable and customizable user interface with transparency management.
  • Automation and MIDI output: record output parameters as automation curves or send MIDI CC messages to other plug-ins for powerful side chain effects.
  • Smooth Bypass: activate/deactivate the plug-in with absolutely no noise.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Full featured integrated presets manager.
  • Copy/paste the plug-in's state between instances using the system clipboard.
  • Any sample rate supported.

Videos

Screenshots

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Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro - The Principle: Convert Audio to Visualization, MIDI CC And Automation Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro - Peak, RMS, Crest factor and Dynamic Range Monitoring, with MIDI CC or Automation Generation Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro - Peak, RMS, Crest factor and Dynamic Range Monitoring, with MIDI CC or Automation Generation Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro - Peak, RMS, Crest factor and Dynamic Range Monitoring, with MIDI CC or Automation Generation Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro - Peak, RMS, Crest factor and Dynamic Range Monitoring, with MIDI CC or Automation Generation Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro - Peak, RMS, Crest factor and Dynamic Range Monitoring, with MIDI CC or Automation Generation Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro - Peak, RMS, Crest factor and Dynamic Range Monitoring, with MIDI CC or Automation Generation Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro - Peak, RMS, Crest factor and Dynamic Range Monitoring, with MIDI CC or Automation Generation Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro - Showing the level meters only, saving real estate on the screen. Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro - Peak, RMS, Crest factor and Dynamic Range Monitoring, with MIDI CC or Automation Generation Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro - Inverted Envelope Generated by the DPMP in Steinberg Cubase

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User Comments & Reviews

"Good idea chaps! [...] A world of creative possibilities awaits..." - Future Music Magazine, issue 180

This Peak Meter Pro is probably the most exciting plugin I have tried for a long, long time: this plugin is the supreme sidechaining utility, bar none. Unlike others [...], this one allows you to use the amplitude of the sound passing through it to automate anything that can be controlled with MIDI CCs.

[...]This plugin is the most configurable, easy to set up sidechaining/automation plugin of all I have seen. Compared to others, it is essentially several plugs built into one, with the bonus of a very handsome, easy GUI, as well as very well-written tutorials on its usage at their website.

It's extremely well-designed and clearly made by a professional outfit. - B. Collins, speech recording professional.

Peak Meter...A multitude of uses: for those of you who can't immediately think of too many useful things for peak meter - and initially it didn't make me go "wow" either...but as I sat and pondered it dawned on me what an absolute gem Peak Meter can be - invaluable even:

Make a dynamic reverb out of an ordinary one / Filtering - endless possibilities when applied to filter cutoff / It makes almost a modular synth out of even the most ordinary one / it's the most useable and simplistic gate that anyone who's even a complete beginner can use / Dynamics weirdness / Make a frequency conscious compressor without using a compressor / Kick/bassline ducker too.[...]

The possibilities of Peak Meter are endless, and incredibly useful. It could turn into one of my most used plugins I think...thanks! - Alex Bowers, quoted from this forum thread.

"The Digital Peak Meter Pro, I quickly discovered, was a "must have" plugin for me. - Glen Heffner, CakewalkNet [Read full review]

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System Requirements

Windows

  • An SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or later).
  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8.
  • Any DirectX / VST / RTAS / AAX compatible host software (32 or 64 bit).

Mac OS X

  • An Intel processor.
  • Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9), Mountain Lion (10.8), Lion (10.7), Snow Leopard (10.6), or Leopard (10.5).
  • Any VST / Audio Unit (32/64-bit) / RTAS / AAX compatible application.

For more information about supported platforms, see our FAQ.

Demo Limitations

  • One single instance of the plug-in per session.
  • The plug-in is regularly bypassed for a few seconds.

Versions History >subscribe to our newsletter

V4.05 (2014/01/09)

New Features:
  • Copy/paste the plug-in's current state from the presets menu using the system clipboard.
Improvements:
  • Reduced the plug-in's memory usage.
  • Windows VST Installer now remembers where the plug-in was initially installed to simplify upgrades.
  • (Mac) plug-in version number is now available when using "Get Info" in the Finder.
  • (Mac) Improved display of Audio Unit parameters in most host applications.
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed window frame not showing with Cubase 7.5 (32-bit) on Mac.
  • (Mac) About window does not show up first in the corner of the screen anymore.
  • (Win) Alt-Click on a control now resets the value to default in Pro Tools, as expected.
  • Fixed version number reported to host application for VST and Audio Unit versions.

V4.04 (2013/06/21)

  • 64-bit AAX support for Pro Tools 11.

V4.03 (2013/05/14)

  • Fixed AAX version not showing up in Pro Tools 10.3.5 on Windows.
  • Fixed user interface display issues when first opened in Ableton Live 9 (Mac).
  • Mac: Control MIDI settings dialog now brought back to front when already opened in the background.
  • Mac: fixed copy/paste keyboard shortcuts for plug-in registration that did not work in some hosts.

V4.02 (2013/04/15)

  • Fixed yellow zone that disappeared in some cases.
  • Fixed MIDI and automation settings that were reset when using undo.
  • Fixed compare button issues in Pro Tools.
  • AAX: Fixed initialization issues on some Pro Tools HD configurations.

V4.01 (2013/03/07)

  • Changed default preset so that the plug-in fits into small laptop screens when opened.
  • Mac-VST: Fixed window resize issues on Cubase and Nuendo (Mac).
  • Mac-Audio Unit: Fixed random crashes at startup in some host applications.

V4.0 (2013/02/19)

New Features:
  • Instant and average crest factor measurement.
  • Peak, RMS and crest factor histograms.
  • Control the attack and release shape of the peak envelope.
  • Surround support (up to 8 channels).
  • Brand new fully customizable user interface:
    • New look and feel.
    • Show/hide what you need.
    • Fully customizable meters characteristics (range, headroom, color ranges).
    • Control the brightness of meters and graphs.
    • Meters and curves can now be frozen.
    • New colored statistics display.
    • Multiple display sizes.
    • Improved readability.
    • Animated transitions.
  • New integrated presets manager:
    • Load/save presets from the plug-in's user interface.
    • Organize presets with folders.
    • Customize the default preset.
    • Exchange presets easily.
  • Automation range and response curve can now be customized for each parameter (in and out).
  • Automation and MIDI settings (channel, MIDI learn etc.) are now accessible from the main user interface.
  • AAX plug-in format is now also supported on Windows (Pro Tools 10.2 required).
  • Audio Suite support for the AAX version for offline levels measurements in Pro Tools.
Improvements:
  • Increased levels range (120 dB).
  • Increased maximum levels value range for overshoot measurement (up to +10dB).
  • Peak average precision has been improved.
  • Use hold values and crest factor for transformed envelope generation.
  • Simplified transformed envelope generation.
  • New presets to get started faster.
  • Plug-in name has been shortened for a clearer display in mixer view for most host applications.
  • The windows installer now automatically detects the most appropriate VST install path.
  • License is now shared between plug-ins types (register only once for all formats).
  • Improved value display in fine edit window.
  • Improved parameters display on control surfaces.
Optimizations and Performance Improvements:
  • Improved parameters precision (now stored as 64-bit).
  • More compact presets format (uses less space and loads faster).
  • Smaller binaries on Mac (dropped PowerPC support).
Bug Fixes:
  • (RTAS) Fixed parameters control with EUCON control surfaces in Pro Tools.
  • Fixed user interface issues in Final Cut Pro X.
  • Fixed MIDI CC i/o issues with 64-bit VST.
  • Fixed user interface display issues in Wavelab on Mac.
  • Fixed keyboard stealing issue in Digital Performer 7 on Mac.
  • AAX/RTAS on Mac: Fixed audio engine freeze or error issue with Pro Tools on some Mac configurations.
Note: this new version can be installed side by side with the previous version for backward compatibility reasons. Installing this new version won't break your previous projects.

V3.5 (2011/07/11)

  • Output data rate (MIDI CC or automation) can now be customized, from 20 to 500 Hz.
  • Increased the default output data rate (from 20 to 50 Hz) for smoother side chaining and increased meters precision.
  • All meters can now be reset with a single button.
  • Envelope graphs can now be zoomed.
  • Windows: improved settings dialog loading time.
  • Mac: user interface performance improvement (up to 30% lighter on cpu).

V3.42 (2011/02/10)

  • Fixed keyboard focus stealing issue in Pro Tools and several other host applications.

V3.41 (2010/11/29)

Fixed incompatibility issues with older presets in the previous version.

V3.4 (2010/11/18)

  • Added custom K-10 scale support.
  • 64-bit Mac VST support.
  • User interface enhancements: new look and feel and improved readability.
  • Faster user interface loading.
  • Reduced memory footprint.
  • Improved MIDI and automation output precision: now prevents hosts from wrongly interpolating between values.
  • Default release time is now shorter.

V3.32 (2010/03/19)

This update only concerns the RTAS version of the plug-in:
  • RTAS plug-in bug fix: when using both the mono and stereo versions in the same session, the controls of the instances were linked together.

V3.31 (2010/02/25)

  • Demo version now displays a nag screen only once per session, and only when opening the user interface of the plug-in.
  • Mac: fixed crash with demo version in Ableton Live 8.1.1.
  • Mac AU: output parameters routing now works for more than one instance in Logic Pro's Environment.
  • Mac AU: fixed output parameters that could exceed defined range and not record properly as automation curves.

V3.3 (2010/02/15)

  • RTAS plugin format support for Pro Tools (Mac and Windows).
  • 64-bit applications support for Windows DX and VST under Windows x64.
  • Mac AU 64-bit format support (compatible with 64-bit Logic 9.1 on Snow Leopard)
  • Fixed MIDI learn issues.
  • Space bar does not trigger plug-in buttons anymore (avoids conflict with transport control in most applications).
  • Mac: fixed user interface crashes in some hosts under Snow Leopard.
  • Mac: fixed keyboard/mouse focus issues in some hosts.
  • Mac: fixed user interface crashes in some hosts, when used with particular display settings.
  • Mac: fixed multiple screens issue.
  • Mac-AU: fixed user interface resizing issue when changing skin in some hosts (Logic).
  • Mac-AU: fixed settings lost issue when doing offline rendering in some applications.

V3.21 (2009/05/05)

Mac VST update: fixed incompatibility issues with Cubase 5 on Mac.

V3.2 (2009/02/27)

  • Mac Audio Unit support.
  • Improved accuracy of MIDI output.
  • Automation output can now be disabled for hosts that do not propose automated parameters choice.
  • The average RMS value now corresponds to the RMS level of the entire song played thru the plugin.
  • New Windows Installer (you should uninstall any previous version before installing this new one).
  • New documentation format.

V3.1 (2008/12/10)

  • Now available for Mac in VST format.
  • Minor user interface changes.
  • (Bug fix): keyboard shortcuts are no longer forwarded to host application when entering values in edit boxes.

V3.0 (2008/03/03)

  • New user interface design.
  • Bob Katz's K-System scales support (K-12 / K-14 / K-20).
  • You can now blend RMS and Peak envelopes for the tranformed output.
  • New mid-side mode: you can now easily switch from Left-Right to Mid-Side stereo mode for instant mono compatibility check.
  • Average values display.
  • The output envelope can now be a combination of the peak and RMS envelopes.
  • Main MIDI settings are now available from the main panel.
  • Undo/Redo support.
  • Import/Export presets in a host independent format and share them between the directX and VST versions.
  • Window Opacity Management: make the plugin window transparent and see behind.
  • New toolbar to access main functionalities.
  • Main MIDI settings are now available from the plugin user interface.
  • Curves are now anti-aliased.
  • Improved the display of parameters values in the MIDI settings panel and the host application.
  • Improved graphs refresh rate.
  • Reduced memory consumption when using several instances.
  • Improved Skins loading performance.
  • Default values for MIDI controllers have been changed to be more convenient.
  • Blue Cat's Skinning Language 1.4.2 support.
  • Warning: this new version has so many new features that it is installed as a new plug-in. If you have a previous version installed and do not want to keep it, just uninstall it.

V2.4 (2006/12/11)

  • (Bug fix): the preset MIDI output settings were not restored correctly when re-opening a project or changing a preset.

V2.3 (2006/11/29)

  • Now supports Blue Cat's Skinnning language 1.2.4.
  • Curves are now antialiased.
  • Parameters can be fine tuned when the shift key is down.
  • CPU efficiency improvement: no processing occurs when input is silent.
  • Settings window now loads faster.
  • (Bug fix): in some plug-in adapters (such as FxPansion's VST to RTAS adapter) the GUI did not display properly when first loaded.
  • (Bug fix): when reinstalling the software in another directory, the "skin not found" message was displayed.

V2.2 (2006/09/27)

  • Minor UI enhancement for hosts not supporting Windows XP Theme.
  • (Bug fix): presets load/save did not always work properly in Sonar 5 for some european versions of Windows XP.

V2.1 (2006/09/05)

  • VST version bug-fix: some host applications did not see the MIDI output of the plug-in.

V2.0 (2006/09/04)

  • The plug-in is now 100% real time thanks to the MIDI output capability: generated envelopes can be used to control any MIDI device or plug-in.
  • Advanced MIDI control with customizable parameters curve response and MIDI learn.
  • Skinnable User Interface with Blue Cat's Skinning language V1.2.1 support.
  • RMS value
  • Real time envelopes display
  • All parameters can now be fine tuned thanks to a text-edit popup window that appears when double clicking on user interface widgets.
  • Warning: because it now supports MIDI events, the DirectX plug-in may appear in the "Synth" or "DXi" category instead of "effects" in some hosts (such as Cakewalk Sonar). If it does not appear in you host, you might want to use our DXi Manager to de-activate MIDI features.
  • Warning: this new version breaks the presets compatibility, and is thus installed as a new plug-in. If you have a previous version installed and do not want to keep it, just uninstall it manually.

V1.1 (2005/01/10)

  • VST Version released.
  • GUI Improvement: now supports non-standard DPI Settings.
  • The plug-in now also records clip information.
  • The parameters have been simplified.
  • Version info now shown in about box (click on logo).
  • (Bug fix): host may crash when stopping playback and the "Off" button of the peak meter is pressed.
  • decay time can be set up to 1000 ms.

V1.0 (2004/11/01)

First DirectX Version