Oszillos Mega Scope is a beat-synced multichannel oszilloscope audio plugin. It is available in the major plugin formats (AU, VST, AAX) as well as a standalone version. You can Download a free trial version and purchase a full license on the Product Page. In addition to this guide, you can hover over the UI elements and tooltip with short help texts will pop up.
The plugin and standalone version can be downloaded as a .pkg file for macOS and a exe installer for windows. The download links can be found on the product page. There are no separate files for the trial and full version. Purchasing a full version removes the time limit of the trial version.
After downloading the installer, the plugin can be installed by clicking on the installer and following the wizzard. On windows it is recomended to uninstall older version via the deinstallation routine before installing new version. Also make sure to close your DAW before uninstalling or re-installing on Windows. You need to make sure to select the correct VST Plugin directory, otherwise you DAW will not be able to find the plugins unless you modify the DAWs settings.
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After you've installed Oszillos Mega Scope, start your DAW and make sure plugins are re-scanned. After that's done Oszillos Mega Scope should appear in the plugin-list:
Create an instance of Oszillos Mega Scope at each point of your signal chain you want to meassure. All instances will show the audio that flows through the other instances as well - that's our zero-routing technology doing it's thing.
Put one Oszillos Mega Scope instance on your Kick-Drum track, one instance on your Snare track and one on your Hi-Hat track. The result should look something like this:
Starting with 1.11.XX Oszillos Mega Scope supports naming and re-ordering of tracks. If your DAW supports reporting of track names and colours, those are used as default. You can rename the tracks and change the tracks color from the side-panel on the left.
This side panel is hidden by default if there currently is only one track with Oszillos Mega Scope on it. But you can reveal it by hovering and dragging over the very right edge of the plugin window. You can change the size of the panel at any time via dragging at the edge of the panel.
You can change the order of the tracks by drag and drop.
You can change the colour of any track by clicking the colour square. A colour picker will pop up.
The waveform that corresponds to the current plugin instance is indicated by a grey vertical bar at the right edge of the name & colour panel.
Pro-Tip: If you have changed the name of a track to something custom, but want that Oszillos Mega Scope to use the name of the track set in the DAW again, change the name of the track to a single space. Now the name of the track will be used the next time the DAW reports it (usually after changing the track name or after re-loading the session)
This sections describes all the settings and UI elements.
This allows you to save and recall presets. There are currently no factory presets. You can use slashes "/" to put presets into subfolders. For example "Theatralic/Cowbell/Phattness". If you use the same name as a factory preset, yours will be used.
This changes the color of the waveform of the current instance. If you want to change the color of another waveform, you need to open the editor of this waveform and select the color there. You will notice that the color of the top bar changes slightly so that you can easily identify the Plugin window that coresponds to a waveform with a certain colour.
Oszillos Mega Scope implements six different draw modes. Worth some extra words are the modes mbeat and abeat. In addition to the amplitude those modes display also the frequency content of the audio flowing through Oszillos Mega Scope. The colouring is implemented the following way: the input signal is split into three band via a three band EQ. the resulting three signals are used as RGB colours. The color selector act a little different in these modes: The Hue is used to hue-shift this RGB color and the brightness controlls the shade. If you want your lows to be red and your highs to be blue, select a grey tone.
The length of the audio displayed in Oszillos Mega Scope.
this selects the channel that is displayed. L, R, M & S stand for Left, Right, Mid and Side. Mid and Side are computed from the Left and Right channels. The Mid Channel is the half the sum of left and right (i.e. the average) computed as follows:
M = 0.5*(L+R)
This mode is the default because it give an intuitive representation of both channels.
The Side Channel is half of the difference of the left and right channel:
S = 0.5*(L-R) - you can think of it as the portion of the signal that makes it stereo.
If your signals are quiet, you can boost the with this slider. The same amount of gain is applied to each channel.
To toggle between linear and log display, simply click the button labeled "lin" / "lg" respectively. This enables two knobs to adjust the minimum and maximum decibel amounts displayed so you can zoom in on the range you're interested in. The grid - of course - also adjusts to the scale.
Oszillos Mega Scope can show the waves Separate (stacked) or Combined (overlaid):
this selects whether a cursor updates the display (Still) or if the waves to scroll by (Scroll).
This toggle button allows you to freeze the display so you can investigate the waveforms without haste.
Pressing this button places a screenshot of the current display on your Desktop. The background of this screenshot is transparent for maximum editing flexibility.
This changes the grid from straight quarters to triplets.
Opens the Info Screen.
Click and Drag over the waveforms to perform certain measurements. A info-overlay appears at the bottom right and shown information about the selected area.
this gives a description of all the settings of Oszillos Mega Scope. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to Contact me and ask away.