Level meters shows several things:
- The current level.
- Signal peaks are being shown by a single segment for 2 seconds.
- The peak level since transport start is shown by a dimmed segment. Only recording audio tracks have this feature.
- The right-hand segment will start flashing if clipping occurred (ie. if the level exceeded than 0 dB). This only happens if this overload actually is a problem:
You can rightclick (Windows) / Ctrl-click (Mac) a meter to reset it, so it stops flashing.
- Recording audio tracks
- Recording MIDI soft instrument tracks
- Master section
- Group and Effect Return sections which are routed to the sound device (Pro edition only).
- A speaker symbol appears to indicate output clipping in soft-monitored audio tracks (the meter itself shows the input level).
The Level Meters are based on DIN PPM meters, where 0db = 0dBFS.
If the audio signal is stereo a meter will display both the left and the right channel, the upper signal being the left channel.
Clicking a meter pops up a much larger version in a new window. This can be used if you need to watch the meter from a distance (to set up recording levels for example).