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    Default VU Meters

    Just noticed that the banner at the bottom of the page has a very nice pic of an amp with vu meters. I was surprised to see this as I get the impression that most vu meters are crap and simply for aesthetic pleasure - which is prob why the pic was put up. Completely useless but I think they look great. There are some on ebay for a 5iver each. I am going to get some for my Gainclones so that they look mega expensive
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    'If a man is tired of VU meters he is tired of life'

    I think they are supposed to let you know if you are clipping the amp - assuming you were deaf or just thought it was meant to sound that way. But apparently some are not really calibrated and are just for show.

    Must confess I have considered buying a stand alone VU unit myself. No room on the rack for it, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puffin View Post
    Just noticed that the banner at the bottom of the page has a very nice pic of an amp with vu meters. I was surprised to see this as I get the impression that most vu meters are crap and simply for aesthetic pleasure - which is prob why the pic was put up. Completely useless but I think they look great.
    Vu meters are great things to have on an amp. It shows you when the amp is being overloaded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puffin View Post
    Just noticed that the banner at the bottom of the page has a very nice pic of an amp with vu meters. I was surprised to see this as I get the impression that most vu meters are crap and simply for aesthetic pleasure - which is prob why the pic was put up. Completely useless but I think they look great. There are some on ebay for a 5iver each. I am going to get some for my Gainclones so that they look mega expensive
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/One-pair-aud...0AAOSw0HVWE51t

    You need the control board as well to get them to work


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    oooh no... VU's are lovely things and even preferred to digital peak meters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r100 View Post
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/One-pair-aud...0AAOSw0HVWE51t

    You need the control board as well to get them to work

    Thanks Rupert.
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    RA: Why should I use VU meters?

    http://www.residentadvisor.net/feature.aspx?1467
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    Thumbs up The importance of achieving a good gain structure in recordings...

    Another great article, Jostein

    As it says:

    Quote Originally Posted by residentadvisor.net
    Essentially what I am trying to convey is the necessity of a good gain structure and how the VU will help.
    Precisely... VU meters rock!

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    Precisely! I love VU's. I've always known they wernt there just for aesthetics but never knew the exact technical reason. Love the look, they make a set up look cool and like it means business

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