Studio One – Fader & Meter Values Explained

hey guys this time on Tim talks audio a
question straight off the priests honest studio one group on Facebook this
question came from Jeremy and he was asking about some of the aspects of the
mix window his question was in regards to this number here and all of these
numbers in the meter here so today we’re going to explain what both of these and
some other options are inside your mix window let’s start off by getting a
bigger view of the mix window so we can see everything I’m gonna click here to
expand and I’m just gonna grab this guy here stretch them up and same thing here
this will allow me to get better resolution and show you guys with a
little bit more detail so firstly Jeremy’s question was about this number
here it says minus 3.5 but what does that actually mean this is the actual
level of the slider or fader in the track below it this fader right here
isn’t at 0 on the meter here it’s actually at minus 3.5 and this will
reflect if I move the fader here and the fader will jump if I change the number
here so if I want to put this back up and click and drag I can do that and we
can see that the number is changing this even goes into the positives above 0
well slide it back down and I can also enter in a numerical value let’s go with
minus 7 and the fader moved you saw it go from minus 3.5 to minus 7 now we can
keep doing this as well let’s try minus 25 now it’s way down there so the number
here is the position of the fader within the channel let’s take a look at the
meters now there’s a few different options for meters inside studio one
right now I’m just looking at the normal peak and RMS meter I’m gonna hit play
and we’re gonna shift over to the main outs viewed over here now that I’ve hit
play we can see the dancing around but what does this
actually mean well there’s a few things to take a look at you have the left and
right sides here that are highlighted in blue and they’re coming up to a certain
point this is the peak meter of the peak rms meter you saw just there the right
side was a little hot and then the left side gets a little hot this is the mix
feeding the master bus left and right and it’s peak value the highest point
it’s hitting this meter on the master output is going to be post-processing so
if I was going to throw on a limiter which has got a little clip see
post-processing if I was going to throw on a limiter now I can set my ceiling something
relatively low that will see let’s say minus five and really Jack the input now
the peaks are not going past negative 5 on my output I’ll clear my clip and
we’ll see that it’s not pushing any harder I’m gonna go ahead and clear
these all out and we’ll talk about RMS in our meters here we can see these two
slowly moving little white lines on our peak RMS meter this is the RMS value RMS
stands for root mean squared and it is the effective value of the total
waveform and in this case the total mix this isn’t to be confused with Lu FS or
loops or whatever you want to call that but both RMS and Lu FS are a means to
find the overall loudness of a song or mix they’re just two different degrees
of measurement and how they’re measured so earlier I said that there were more
options of our meters let’s take a look on any one of our channels you can right
click and choose different options and studio one has the K metering system
built-in you can easily just select K 20 K 14 or K 12 the last option in the peak
RMS meter is the V you hold when I engage this we can now see the peaks
being held at their point and they have a degrade speed as well and that’s under
they hold length that’s all for now if you found anything in this video
informative please like the video if you have any questions about Studio One or
its workflow capabilities please leave a comment thanks for watching you

6 thoughts on “Studio One – Fader & Meter Values Explained

  1. Nice Video…But what exactly does the VUhold feature do? i looked in the manual and it just explains how to access it and not what it does or what to use it for.

  2. Excellent tutorial! So, what is the ideal peak RMS range to set in this mixing mode before kicking this over to the project mode, for mastering?

  3. Thank you Tim !
    If i may:
    a) Hold down CTRL key (on pc) or CMD key (on mac) and leftmouse click on a Fader: the Fader will be reset to 0db.
    b) You can point your mouse on a Fader and then use mouse scroll wheel to adjust the Fader.
    c) Hold down SHIFT key and move a Fader with mouse; the Fader will move in smaller "steps".

    Warm Regards.

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