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Audio Routing: How do I see the audio my whole 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)

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Instructions:
  • Install & launch eqMac.
  • Choose eqMac as your output device on macOS & in the DAW you are using.
  • 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)

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Instructions:
  • Install & launch SoundSource.
  • From within SoundSource: Add the MiniMetersServer plugin to your system output.
  • From within MiniMeters navigate to Preferences and select MiniMetersPlugin under the Audio Device: section.

Sonarworks Systemwide (Paid)

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If you are already using Sonarworks Systemwide to EQ your monitors or headphones you're in luck!

  • Install & launch Sonarworks Systemwide.
  • Choose Sonarworks Systemwide as your output device on macOS & in the DAW you are using.
  • Then, simply select Sonarworks Systemwide as the input in MiniMeters by going to Preferences within MiniMeters and selecting Sonarworks Systemwide under the Audio Device: section.

Static Z Sound Siphon (Paid)

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Instructions:
  • Install & launch Static Z Sound Siphon.
  • Click the + sign at the bottom left of the Sound Siphon window.
  • Name the device as you wish. This will be the device you choose in MiniMeters.
  • Inside the Device tab click the + sign and add All Audio.
  • From within MiniMeters navigate to Preferences and select the name of the device you made under the Audio Device: section.

Rogue Ameoba AudioHijack (Paid)

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Option 1:
  • Install & 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 within MiniMeters.
  • On the right hand side of the window: scroll down to the Audio Unit Effects pane.
  • Drag MiniMetersServer into the audio graph inside Audio Hijack.
  • From within MiniMeters navigate to Preferences and select MiniMetersPlugin under the Audio Device: section.

Option 2:
Advanced, but lower latency & lower CPU.

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

  • Install & 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 within MiniMeters.
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  • Insert a second output device and select the loopback driver of your choice.
  • Navigate to Applications/Utilities in Finder and open Audio Midi Setup.
  • Click the Window menu 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. Otherwise, MiniMeters may not show an accurate 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 - Set Loopback as system output or choose your DAW as the source.

Specific Audio Interfaces:

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

UAD Interfaces:

Follow the instructions in this tutorial.

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