HoRNet’s VU Meter isn’t free, but it’s so cheap and so useful that it deserves a place on this list.
Gain staging is one of the most important parts of preparing your mix.
To start off with, you want all your tracks to sit at the “sweet spot,” which is around 0 dBVU.
The sweet spot is where analog gear starts coloring your sound.
Many digital plugins are still modeled after analog gear. So hitting that spot still matters.
Gain staging can take a long time, requiring you to set the levels of each track one by one.
But HoRNet’s VU Meter MK4 takes all of that headache away.
Just turn on the “AUTO” feature and set the volume you want the track to hit. HoRNet will automatically set the level there.
Talk about a time saver.