Re: [LAD] vu-meter DSP

Previous message: [thread] [date] [author]
Next message: [thread] [date] [author]
To: Fons Adriaensen <fons@...>
Cc: The Linux Audio Developers' Mailing List <linux-audio-dev@...>
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 4:32 pm

On 07/27/2013 04:19 PM, Fons Adriaensen wrote:

> The actual value used is found by measuring the

OK. there's that :)

How did you measure it? Did you plot the output of the filter for
various input signals? or fit the coefficient to some data?

> [..]

Many thanks for the detailed explanation!

FWIW, I took a somewhat empirical approach: feed 4 VU meters with the
same input, video-tape it and step the video frame-by-frame:

1) hardware from a PreSonus TubePre
4) Ardour 3.3-63 (jmeters-0.4.1 code)

(I first sure jmeters and ardour3's use of the code show identical data
on a linux-box. ..but I did not bother to compile jmeters on OSX where
the tests run using AU effects for (2), (3) )

All meters are set to -18dBFS = 0dBu, 0dBu == 0VU

(1) Has an incorrect deflection to start with. -18dbFS 1KHz sine wave
calibrated to 0VU; then changing the volume by +-3dB deflects the meter
by about -7dB, +4dB, besides it overshoots like hell.

one down.

(2) rises way to fast and falls off too slow. It also overshoots maybe
10%. On the upside it has a neat reflection of my non-existent
living-room windows in the meter-glass which easily makes up for that :)

..another one out.

(3) looks generally promising - but a simple sine-sweep 30second
20Hz-20kHz at -18dBFS shows some issue: Around 5kHz, The PSP2 meter is
off by -2VU. see

The VU-meter specs say "[for a sine wave] the [meter] reading should not
depart from the reading at 1kHz by more than 0.2 dB from 35 Hz to 10 kHz

which leaves us with... Congrats Fons.

Here's a series of various sine-waves and a kick-drum sample going into
(3) and (4). Interestingly jmeters' algorithm is always a tad below the
PSP meter. But that is somewhat consistent with the
band-pass-filter-like artefact that the PSP meter shows at ~5kHz. ie.
the PSP meter emphasizes lower frequencies:

..and some Beethoven, just for the fun of it :)

> Why such a dinosaur meter in Ardour ? You'd be better off with

Those already in there and working just fine.

Linux-audio-dev mailing list

Previous message: [thread] [date] [author]
Next message: [thread] [date] [author]

Messages in current thread:
[LAD] vu-meter DSP, Robin Gareus, (Sat Jul 27, 12:20 pm)
Re: [LAD] vu-meter DSP, Fons Adriaensen, (Sat Jul 27, 2:19 pm)
Re: [LAD] vu-meter DSP, Robin Gareus, (Sat Jul 27, 4:32 pm)
Re: [LAD] vu-meter DSP, Fons Adriaensen, (Sat Jul 27, 5:32 pm)