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Desktop VU-Meter 3.9 by HiTBiT-PA Desktop VU-Meter 3.9 by HiTBiT-PA
Music visualizer for Rainmeter with player

The ORIGINAL and FIRST Desktop VU-Meter for Rainmeter by HiTBiT-PA. If you find something with the same name, is a copy without authorization

REQUIREMENTS
Rainmeter 4.x.x www.rainmeter.net/

VERSION 3.9 (May 2017)
- NEW Player skin
- NEW AudioLevel Settings skin
- NEW RGB Code skin
- Optimized code. Less CPU usage than the previous version
- Suggested enhancements by users have been added to the player

FEATURES
- 710 variants for Bottom, Top, Left, Right, Mirror Horizontal and Vertical, Mono and Stereo
- 5 analog VU-Meters
- 5 sizes in full screen
- 2 designs of images
- 6 special mirrors
- Delay effect in Bottom, Top and Mirror Vertical skins
- Customizable color and transparency
- Transparent mirrors and blur effect in special mirrors
- Player/Loader skin with access to your mp3 folder
- AudioLevel Settings skin. Easy to configure with the mouse wheel. Left click for load default values
- RGB Code skin for custom color skins. Clicking or with the mouse wheel

PREVIEW
youtu.be/Rs4wlXhlIgQ

AUTHOR'S NOTE
The method to load skins only allowed to have one loaded. If you want more loaded, you can do from version 2.

If an option is not activated in the Loader, it's because it is not available for that style of VU-Meter.

The skins are activated and deactivated with the button next to the menu. If you have a skin in use and select another, you must press 2 times the button, once to close and again to load the new style

Enjoy it

The next version 4 is near...
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:iconthatpiratenathan:
ThatPirateNathan Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  New Deviant
Really great, but I was wondering if there was a way for me to duplicate it and flip it upside down so its going up and down
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ThatPirateNathan Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  New Deviant
Never mind figured it out, had to use version 2
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HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you for your comments. For now it is necessary to do so. The next version will be very special, as I wanted from the beginning, but I did not know how to do it. It is brand new and with a lot of improvements.
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atilla-MAA Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  New Deviant
Very beautiful hand health as I want
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DR490NW4RRI0R Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this, but it would be better if I could make it shorter or taller through a simple menu, similar to monstercat. and also there are so many options it takes 5 minutes just to navigate the damn variants menu.
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HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This skin works with images, less configurations but more beautiful. The next version will be very different and easy to use
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DR490NW4RRI0R Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah I see. Yeah I think perhaps the next version might benefit from a bit more of a visual preview and a lot more customizability. I absolutely love having a vu-meter visualisation with delay lines at the bottom of my screen since it adds a lot of character to my theme, but I'd prefer them to be taller and to be able to choose the size of the stacks.
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HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for your comments. This visualizer does not pretend to be like the one you comment on. The images can't be resized without loss of quality. The bars have a lot of customization, but they are simply rectangles to the rhythm of music with various colors. Desktop VU-Meter uses predesigned imagens adapted to each screen resolution with different color effects.
If you wish you can try my new project VU-Shape Visualizer. It's very customizable and does not use bars or images. fav.me/dapwx9x
Thank you.
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ArminHaas Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So where is the download for the VU-Meter?
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:iconhitbit-pa:
HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The button is at the top right.
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:iconfa3lok:
Fa3loK Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016
Amazing!
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SoanoS Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A lovely VU-meter and player, and it has become my default method of adjusting my master volume and controlling playback of my Foobar2000.

Now, there is one thing that I would change with it. Basically I would like the "Stop" button just act as like a proper "Stop" button instead of closing the player completely.
I keep pressing it accidentally when I mean just to stop playback. But to actually stop it I need to jump over to Foobar2000 and click on the stop button there.

What would I need to change to alter the behaviour, and to what? Also, would it be possible to start my Foobar2000 from just pressing "Play" button somehow?

Any ideas would be appreciated.

And thank you for making this, it has made enjoying my music much easier.

Also, an idea for next version, if you are ever thinking of making one:
Making the volume meter have 2 concentric rings, with one adjusting the player volume (some sort of autodetect running player needed?) and the other adjusting the master volume.
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HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you for your comments. Regarding your first question, you can edit the skin and remove the part where the command is given to close the player. In the first design, I put a button to open and close the player, but the loader/player looked very overloaded.

Rainmeter can only handle the master volume control or switch between devices.

At the moment I can not update anything for lack of time. I want to unify Desktop VU-Meter and all the features of my Music Non Stop Player, with several improvements. (MP3 player, CD control, Internet Radio, Music News RSS feeds and all visualizers)

We will have to wait a few weeks. Thanks
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wmoecke Featured By Owner Edited May 13, 2016
Me gustó mucho este plugin. Solamente algunos "tweaks" que tuvé que hacer para que funcione correctamente en mi desktop:
- La ganancia de los medidores analógicos estaba muy baja, mismo con el ajuste de ganancia y DB en el maximo. Entonces abrí el archivo ../Resources/Variables.ini y encontré la variable vRMSGain, que tenía su valor setado para 7; lo cambié para 100 y todo se encendió; el VU que casi no se muevía ahora funciona muy bien gracias.

- Todavía, no conseguí hacer con que el Loader se permita poner en el topo de la pantalla; el mismo solo permite arraste hasta más o menos el medio del desktop. Pero se permite el arraste hasta los dos extremos (la izquierda y derecha) normalmente (mi desktop está ajustado para 1600x900)... no encontré un ajuste que pueda ampliar la gama de arraste de este componente en los archivos .ini. Entonces lo que hice fue dejar el loader desligado, pues me gusta el analisador de espectro en la parte de bajo de mi pantalla.

Muchas gracias por este lindo plugin. Me gusta mucho.
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HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Muchas gracias por tus comentarios. Es mucho más fácil modificar los valores del plugin desde la piel Audiolevel Settings, pulsando los botones. El valor RMS Gain se usa para la entrada del volumen de los analógicos y el valor Db para los digitales. Deberás ajustarlos dependiendo de la calidad de grabación del archivo mp3, por ejemplo.
Respecto al Loader\Player, no se puede colocar en lo alto del escritorio porque la imagen incorpora una zona transparente para poder mostrar la pantalla del menú.
Espero que disfrutes de este proyecto para Rainmeter. Saludos
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wmoecke Featured By Owner Edited May 13, 2016
Muchas gracias por los esclarecimientos. No se por que razón, cuando hago click en el "potenciometro" de RMS Gain, el valor maximo que el UI me oferece es 7. Pero despues que hice el cambio en el archivo .ini el valor máximo indicado en la piel, cerca del potenciometro, se cambió para 100.

Ahora entiendo porque no se puede arrastar el Loader. Pero solo me costa clicar con el botón derecho en el analisador y seleccionar "Loader" para cargar el Loader, entonces todo está bien.  ;-)
Me gusta mucho el Loader, porque me permite tener acceso facil a los controles de audio y volumen de Windows. Es muy util.
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HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Puse el valor 7 como máximo porque realmente no se necesita más. Con valores muy altos no se aprecia bien el comportamiento del vu-meter. Pero si lo necesitas puedes seguir haciéndolo manualmente.
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:iconwmoecke:
wmoecke Featured By Owner Edited May 14, 2016
Si puedo dejar aqui una sugerencia para un posible "v4" futuro ("nice to have"): seria posible hacer con que los comandos analogicos de Audiolevel Settings tengan el mismo mando y respuesta que el comando de volumen del Loader -- o sea, con el ratón sobre el "potenciometro" el mando sea por el scroll del ratón, y se "giraría" el potenciometro?  :-)
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HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Tus deseos serán concebidos :)
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GundamDragonLord Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016
it works on Desktop, the bars are nice, but when I plug in a headset, NO BARS, I have used this in the past with the same headphones, working might I add... On desktop & with headphones, I never had this issue before, I went into audio settings to use headphones, it recognize the headphones, & was able to hear & stuff but no bars, what gives any suggestions?
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HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Try to switch between audio input and output. You've tried other skins?
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Saturable Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016
This is one of my favorite skins to use. Thanks for your hard work.
I have a question though: How do I change the read output for the visualizer? I'm using a WSAPI output on one of my music players and the VU won't work. Also, even without WSAPI, I'm using a different sound card on my PC and the VU won't pick it up regardless. My default microphone jack and Windows Media Player works, however.
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HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you for your comments. I not know that audio device. It works with other skins or only gives problems with my skin? Try changing the input and output signal when you switch to that device.
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DKPhantom Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
Wow... So much quality work on this skin! Had your other versions too but the last one is on a whole another level! Good job!
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HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you for your comments. I hope someday i can improve it
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Meowarchy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there a way to run the VU and the Spectrum Simultaneously?

Awesome thingy btw :3
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:iconeppok:
Eppok Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016
will it eat a lot of cpu resources?
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:iconhitbit-pa:
HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Like all visualizers
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baggostei Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016
:P
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DANGERTIM112 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 2, 2016
How do i increse the sensitivity of the VU meter?
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HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Load AudioLevel Settings skin and modifies the FFT, dB and Frequency values. You can find more information on the website of Rainmeter
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DANGERTIM112 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
thx :)
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ivanbarram Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
So Nice, thanks for sharing!
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HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you, enjoy it
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stoogiemeister Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
I have found another issue that may or may not be important to you HiTBiT-PA it's programming related. Say i have speakers plugged into the back of my motherboards realtek etc, and i have a FiiO Dac connected via USB for headphones. When I turn on the dac windows automatically changes priority of main audio device to that DAC, meaning that it disables speakers and enables the dacs spdif as default. So it effortlessly transfers sound when u turn off speakers and turn on dac for headphones. Your VU meter doesnt track by default sound instead tracks by current and stays there, meaning if i turn on my dac and use headphones your VU meter does not work.
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stoogiemeister Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
In other words it doesnt follow windows default device but sticks to its current on load.
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HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
All skins of visualizers work with the active audio output. Use skin AudioLevel Settings to change the audio output to work with other ports. It is proven that some USB audio devices give problems with the plugin.
Have you tried other skins of visualizers?
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stoogiemeister Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
No this is the best and i'll only use this one :P. Just thought i'd mention it, doesnt really bother me, thanks for the reply.
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:iconstoogiemeister:
How would i make this for 2560 res? change 24 bars to more somehow? Is there a way to change DB sensitivity since i play music at like 5-15% volume (100% is fine for games but too loud for music) but the bars dont even show for that low volume.. Mirrorvr leds5 is my favorite. love it xd
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HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for commenting. To change the bars, the easiest way is to modify the images that you need to fit the width of your resolution.
Regarding the volume, try to modify the minimum and maximum frequencies and reduce FFT values.
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I-Bl00dy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
Love the bars, best linear style I've seen

Has anybody tried to scale the bars?
I'm trying to get mono to go all the way across my screen but I'm not having much luck
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Pesoen Featured By Owner Edited Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
what is the name of the one it has loaded? there are a ton of them to go through, and getting the name really helps me, to help you faster :)

to do this, just open rainmeter, and click active skins, and tell me which are used.
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I-Bl00dy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016
it uses the "bottom leds2 1920 mono green yes.ini"

here is how it looks like, and what im trying to do with it, the other one is the "monster cat visualizer " it's simply the only one i could modify to work with my resolution
www.dropbox.com/s/7jk2r33hm68o…
www.dropbox.com/s/4bv9v5863exa…
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yhhtg5ggg5 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
yjnynn
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AbsintheL Featured By Owner Edited Aug 10, 2015
hey I love this skin but i have 2 problems. One is that winamp music is not detected (the loader detects it but the led doesnt). the other is that i want to move the led display down, but the draggable option is disabled? Thanks!
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HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for commenting. Make sure the skin AudioLevel Settings is set to Output mode. Also check the Windows Audio Mixer for the exit Rainmeter is not disabled. Try more players (WMP) to see if it happens too. Some sound cards make problems with Rainmeter. Update your sound drivers, it helped many users.
As for your second problem, skins can be moved when are working you can drag anywhere.

Desktop VU-Meter is tested by many beta tester friends and have no developmental problem. Check your configuration. I hope it has helped. Thank you
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AbsintheL Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015
thanks for your reply, i was able to move the display to my preferred area. however, i discovered that the display only works when i play music on winamp through my speakers, but when i plug in my ear phones it suddenly stops.
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AbsintheL Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015
nevermind the issue seems to have been solved, by toggling the input and output. Thanks for your help!
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HiTBiT-PA Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm glad you've solved the problem. I hope you enjoy this project.
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