[ProAudio] VU meter permitted overdrive with a sine wave...

Corey Bailey Audio Engineering proaudio at baileyzone.net
Thu Jan 28 10:40:01 PST 2021

Not sure, I've never seen data on this. Whenever I've done headroom 
testing with a VU meter involved, I just let it peg. Some recover & some 
need to be thumped. :-)


Corey Bailey Audio Engineering

On 1/28/2021 9:26 AM, Bob Katz via ProAudio wrote:
> This list has been remarkably silent, but I am very grateful that it's 
> around when I have a question to ask AUDIO EXPERTS.
> Who here knows the acceptable rating of a standard mechanical VU meter 
> above 0 VU with a sine wave?  If I recall correctly, they are designed 
> to accept as high as +6 VU or even higher. For example, when doing 
> testing of a tape recorder for headroom. It's still ideal to shut off 
> the meter, but in some cases that's not possible.
> Thanks and happy New Year!
> Bob
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