MiniMeters

Help:

How do I see the audio my computer is playing?

Windows:

Open Preferences within MiniMeters. Under the section titled "Audio Device:" select "Default Output Capture."

This selects the default output device on your PC and attempts to capture your full system audio. 

NOTE: If you use a Digital Audio Workstation or media player with ASIO drivers this will most likely not work.

macOS:

Apple does not provide a native way to monitor an audio output. But luckily, there are many 3rd party tools that allow you to do so!

eqMac (Free)

Official Website


Install eqMac. Once finished, open it. Then, simply select eqMac as the input in MiniMeters by going to Preferences within MiniMeters and selecting "eqMac" under the "Audio Device:" section.

Rogue Ameoba SoundSource (Paid)

Official Website


Install and Launch SoundSource. Add the MiniMetersServer audio unit to your system's output. Open Preferences from within MiniMeters and choose "MiniMeters Plugin" under the "Audio Device:" section.

Sonarworks Systemwide (Paid)

Official Website


If you are already using Sonarworks Systemwide to EQ your monitors or headphones you're in luck! MiniMeters should show Sonarworks in the "Audio Device:" pane in MiniMeters's Preferences screen. Simply select that and you should be good to go.

Static Z Sound Siphon (Paid)

Official Website


Install and launch Sound Siphon. Click the + sign at the bottom left of the window. Name the device as you wish. inside the "Device" tab click the + sign and add "All Audio."

Within MiniMeters, open Preferences and select the device you made from within the "Audio Device:" pane.

Rogue Ameoba AudioHijack (Paid)

Official Website


Option 1:


Install and Launch Audio Hijack. Click "New Session" from the bottom left and choose "New Blank Session." Select System Audio from the Sources pane on the right of the window. Drag in "Output Device" and choose the audio device you'd like to use to hear your computer's audio.

Next, scroll down to the "Audio Unit Effects" pane on the right side of Audio Hijack. Then, simply add the MiniMetersServer audio unit to your system's output. Open Preferences from within MiniMeters and choose "MiniMeters Plugin" under the "Audio Device:" section.

Option 2 (Advanced):


Using a loopback driver such as BlackHole, or Rogue Amoeba's Loopback in conjunction with Audio Hijack.

Install and Launch Audio Hijack. Click "New Session" from the bottom left and choose "New Blank Session." Select System Audio from the Sources pane on the right of the window. Drag in "Output Device" and choose the audio device you'd like to use to hear your computer's audio.

Insert a second output device and select the loopback driver of your choice. Navigate to macOS's Applications/Utilities in Finder and open Audio Midi Setup. Click the "Window" menu at the top of your screen and choose "Audio Devices" if it is not shown. Ensure that the Input and Output volume of your chosen loopback device is set to "1." If this is not set to 1 then MiniMeters may show an inaccurate display of the audio on your system.

Return to Audio Hijack and insert a second Output Device and route your System Audio to it. Select the loopback driver you'd like to use.

For advanced users:

BlackHole - Follow the instructions to "Record System Audio"

Loopback

Specific Audio Interfaces:

Many audio interface manufacturers support a creation of a loopback device.

UAD Interfaces:

Follow the instructions in this tutorial.

MiniMeters is not behaving correctly.

Navigate to the following folders and move the contents to the trash.

NOTE: you may leave the themes folder as these are usually not the issue.

Windows

"%AppData%/MiniMeters/"

macOS

"~/Library/Preferences/MiniMeters/"

If MiniMeters is still having issues please contact me on the MiniMeters Discord, the comments on MiniMeters itch.io page, or messaging me on Twitter

The MiniMetersServer plugin is not showing up in my DAW.

On Windows: MiniMetersServer is only included as a VST3. Ensure that your DAW supports VST3 Plugins.

On macOS: MiniMeters is included as an Audio Unit & a VST3. Ensure your DAW supports VST3/AU and they are enabled in Preferences.

Ableton Live

Windows:


Navigate to Preferences within Live and ensure that VST3 plugins are enabled.

macOS:


Navigate to Preferences within Live and ensure that VST3 or Audio Unit plugins are enabled.

Logic Pro

If you recently installed MiniMeters please first restart your computer before attempting to use the MiniMetersServer plugin within Logic.

How do I make a theme?

You can also manually navigate to the themes folder by going to %AppData%\MiniMeters\themes\ on Windows or ~/Library/Preferences/MiniMeters/themes on macOS.

Inside the newly created file is all of the information on how to create a theme.

NOTE: Keep MiniMeters Preferences open while editing the theme file you just created. Every time you save the file MiniMeters will instantly update.

If you create a theme and wish to share please post it in the #themes channel in the MiniMeters Discord.

MiniMeters is using quite a bit of CPU

MiniMeters needs to display audio as it comes in which does require a bit of CPU usage. That being said, there are a few things to check to ensure that MiniMeters isn't running amok.

Checking VSync:

Open Preferences from within MiniMeters and choose "60" from the FPS Limit: pane. If this corrects the issue then you can continue to use MiniMeters with this setting on.

You may also set MiniMeters to lock to 30fps to reduce CPU usage further albeit with less visual smoothness.

Windows Specific issues:

Sometimes your graphics card will reject MiniMeters's request for VSync. This is often due to VSync being disabled globally.

NVIDIA Graphics Cards

Open the NVIDIA Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings make sure that you select "Use the 3D application setting."

AMD Graphics Cards

Open the AMD Radeon Software > Gaming > Global Graphics > Wait for Vertical Refresh. Set this setting to "Off, unless application specifies", "On, unless application specifies", or "Always on."

Advanced Tips and Debugging:

If you are still running into issues and want to be a nerd you're welcome to turn on debug mode.

Enable Debug Mode:

Navigate to MiniMeters's Settings folder: %AppData%\MiniMeters\themes\ on Windows or ~/Library/Preferences/MiniMeters/themes on macOS. Create a blank text file named "debug.txt" and relaunch MiniMeters.

This should create a new overlay on the right side of the main MiniMeters window. This will show the resulting FPS per frame, a graph of the frame time, and information about your graphics card.