An equivalent to Ceative's audio creation mode monitor thingy?

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Hi, I am after a program that can be universally used on *any* audio chipset which does the monitor thingy similar to this image:


Where it shows which discreet audio channel is working and how much sound is coming out of that or if there is no sound coming out of that, then bars won't light up at all.

Now obviously Creative's software won't work on say a realtek chipset or Via chipset, etc., but was after one that does.....preferably free if possible or if it's paid I suppose I may also look into that too....
 

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Not [Full disclosure] a professional musician by any means (nor particularly "musically inclined" for that manner) to recommend any given specific product.

There may be someone else following this thread who can provide a suggestion or two. Fine with me.

I am comfortable with making suggestions from a different viewpoint.

Overall, when it comes to selecting a software product, look for and identify two or three paid products that appear to meet your requirements.

Make a list and prioritize the requirements. List does not need to be fancy or all that detailed to start with. For the most part your requirements are likely to evolve and change as you go along the process.

Your requirements list can become a checklist by which you can keep track of and compare products.

Read the product manuals, the manufacturer's FAQs and Forums. If still interested in any given product and if a free trial is available, then download and test.

Your testing my find exactly what you need. Or lead to the realization that not all requirements are possible/available.

Then you decide the priorities most important to your professional needs. And select the product accordingly.

Sometimes a trial will determine (all marketing etc., aside) that a promising product is not suitable. And some other less flashy product actually will meet most of your requirements. May not have as pretty an interface but you need a product that works.

Many people have gone through the same process. Some of them, failing to find a suitable product, learned to code and created their own product. And other people liked that resulting product. And the creators are now rich.

Doubt that you want to go that far with it all but maybe there is a need for a new product. :)




 

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I don't think their monitor is passive real-time and requires the program to load the file in question, so I can't just open it on say windows media player and have audacity open at the sametime to monitor the channels passively.... What if I'm streaming off a website and want to verify the audio is advertised as 5.1 and not 2.0 for example? Well I can't do that.....because I would have to download the stream first as a playable and openable file and then load it into audacity to do so.....but since the stream is usually broken up into lots of fragments, I would need to find something that stitches those fragments up into a whole file first before any of this happens.....that can be read by audacity...
 

Ralston18

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Appears to me that you require professional level audio software and for that you will need to pay for a product.

Hopefully you can find two or three candidate programs and test a fully functional trial download.

Then, based on your audio requirements, preferences, and budget - purchase accordingly.

Very likely that some trade-offs will be necessary.
 

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Got any suggestions as to which paid programs I should go for, as I am not familiar with this area of work? .....as all I want is just the audio channel monitor bit from Creative's audio creation mode....

 

Ralston18

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Not [Full disclosure] a professional musician by any means (nor particularly "musically inclined" for that manner) to recommend any given specific product.

There may be someone else following this thread who can provide a suggestion or two. Fine with me.

I am comfortable with making suggestions from a different viewpoint.

Overall, when it comes to selecting a software product, look for and identify two or three paid products that appear to meet your requirements.

Make a list and prioritize the requirements. List does not need to be fancy or all that detailed to start with. For the most part your requirements are likely to evolve and change as you go along the process.

Your requirements list can become a checklist by which you can keep track of and compare products.

Read the product manuals, the manufacturer's FAQs and Forums. If still interested in any given product and if a free trial is available, then download and test.

Your testing my find exactly what you need. Or lead to the realization that not all requirements are possible/available.

Then you decide the priorities most important to your professional needs. And select the product accordingly.

Sometimes a trial will determine (all marketing etc., aside) that a promising product is not suitable. And some other less flashy product actually will meet most of your requirements. May not have as pretty an interface but you need a product that works.

Many people have gone through the same process. Some of them, failing to find a suitable product, learned to code and created their own product. And other people liked that resulting product. And the creators are now rich.

Doubt that you want to go that far with it all but maybe there is a need for a new product. :)




 

newbie12

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ohh...

ok well thanks for replying I suppose then....
 
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