HoRNet VU Meter MK4

HoRNet VU Meter MK4

The HoRNet VU Meter MK4 is a digital VU meter plugin with automatic gain setting and grouping functions, the new GUI is now scalable and has been optimised to take less space than the previous version and let you focus on the meter bars. In addition to the GUI VU Meter MK4 also allows you to give names to your tracks and groups, send every parameter change to any instance of VU Meter MK4 (not just the ones in the same group) and display the level of any of the other instances in the project without closing the GUI and choosing a new track.

Know your levels before it’s too late

Monitoring the signal level coming into your DAW is crucial for a correct mixing, VU meter helps you both in recording and mixing stage.
When recording your tracks it’s useful to have a loudness indicator like the VU meter that with its 300ms of integration time gives you a helpful view of the perceived loudness of your signal. Used in conjunction with peak meters it can help you to improve your miking technique since it’s always desirable to have loudness and peak value as close as possibile. VU Meter MK4 has a calibration setting that will allow you to set the 0VU point to the best level for your A/D converters (by default is set to -18dBFS but you should read the spec of your A/D and set the calibration to the specified internal headroom). This is because every A/D converter has an analog front-end and if you record too hot (close to 0dBFS) you risk to overload that analog stage.

Auto gain for quick mixing preparation

In mixing VU Meter plugin is even more useful, used in conjunction with the peak meter of your DAW can help you identify critical tracks that have too much energy in the transients and not enough loudness, but the single most useful feature is the auto gain. Gain staging is a crucial part of every mix, especially if you use analog emulating plugins, hitting them too high means creating too much distortion that then adds up in the mix.

To avoid this you can simply engage the automatic gain function of VU Meter MK4 that will adjust the internal gain to make the signal peak at your desired level (between -3 and +3 VU). With transient heavy sounds it may happen that auto gain boosts too much your tracks and drive them into clipping, to avoid this we have provided a max. peak ceiling that will prevent your signal from going higher than the set value.

The grouping function allows you to group instances of vu meters together (say your Drums group) and apply auto gain, reference and color settings to every instance belonging to the same group with just one click, choosing the “Send to all” option of any parameter, you can copy that value to every other VU Meter MK4 in your project, even iff they don’t belong to the same group.


We decided to not provide a demo for VUMeter MK4 because we don’t want to to cripple our product too much and limiting the capability of this plugin for a demo would mean to provide a bad testing experience.

For this reason we offer an instantaneous full refund within 15 days of your purchase if you buy VU Meter MK4 and you don’t like it


  • VU Meter spec. conformity (300ms attack and release time)
  • VU Peak hold
  • RED Blink clipping indicator
  • reference level settable from -60 to 0 dBFS
  • input gain from -30dB to +30dB
  • bar color freely selectable
  • Stereo automatic gain adjustment with 6 different settings
  • Peak protection between (no peak can exceed the set limit)
  • Auto Gain and meter setting can be set to whole group or to every instance at once
  • Eight different assignable groups
  • Stereo display
  • Every instance can be named
  • Groups names freely editable
  • Ever instance of the plugin can display the value of every other named instance
  • Mac OS X (10.7 and later) and Windows (Vista and later) support
  • 64bit plugins for macOS, 32 and 64bit for Windows
  • Audio Units, VST, VST3 and AAX format

Copy protection

The HoRNet VU Meter MK4 has no copy protection, we don’t believe in copy protection, they are always cracked and they are annoying for the users, we all know you are not going to give away the plugin on the internet…

So simply download the plugin and enjoy your recordings!

6 thoughts on “HoRNet VU Meter MK4

Amir R. Grant says:

This is literally the best $3 I ever spent. Gain staging is so much faster with this plugin. I love the vu meter mk4. It is a plugin that is well thought through and does as it is intended to do.

Adriliv says:

HoRNet guys, you are just time savers! Thanks for existing!

Kristian Salo says:

This is a super convenient plugin, Especially in the mixing phase. I just put these first on all channels as a mix prep and automatically get the gain to -18dBFS on all channels.

Hornet has some of the best plugs available. Especially the utility plugs. Keep up the good work!!

TWD24 says:

Ease of use. Just set and mix. Your Plug-Ins are just awesome.

paragbe says:

Great Plugin.

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