Oszillos Mega Scope Manual

1. Introduction

Oszillos Mega Scope is a beat-synced multichannel oscilloscope audio plugin, providing accurate and robust audio analysis simultaneously across independent channels.

Oszillos is available in all major plugin formats (AU, VST, AAX), and as a standalone version.

Try it yourself by downloading the free trial, or purchasing the full license from the Product Page.

In addition to this guide, you can hover over the UI elements within the plugin, to display a tooltip with helpful information.

This manual helps you get the most from Oszillos and is split into two sections.

  • Setup Steps
  • Main Features.


Setup Steps


2. Downloading the Plugin

Both plugin and standalone versions are downloaded as either a .pkg file for macOS or a .exe installer for Windows.

You can find the download links on the product page.

Both the trial and full version use the same installers - although the trial has a time limit.

Purchasing a full license removes the trial’s time limit.

3. Plugin Installation

Oszillos Installer

After downloading, install the plugin by running the installer and following the wizard.

Ensure you install the plugin to the correct VST folder directory. Otherwise, you need to redirect your DAW to search for the correct location.

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Installation Notes

  • On Windows, it is recommended to uninstall the older version via “add/remove programs” before installing the new file.
  • Close your DAW before uninstalling or re-installing.

4. License Management & Activation

You will be prompted to verify your license after running the plugin for the first time.

For more information on this process, see our resource on License Management.


Main Features and Functions


5. Basic Operation

Loading the Plug-In

After installing Oszillos Mega Scope, launch your DAW and re-scan your plugin folders to locate the new plugin.

If everything worked, Oszillos Mega Scope should appear in your DAW’s plugin list.

Oszillos 1 Chan

First, insert an instance of Oszillos Mega Scope at each point of the signal chain you want to analyze.

All instances will display the audio signals that are being monitored by other instances of the plugins, creating a revolutionary multi-source analysis tool.

That's our zero-routing technology doing its job.

6. Example Setup

Put one Oszillos instance on your kick-drum track, a second on your snare track, and a third on the hi-hat track.

Play your track, and the result should look something like this:

Oszillos Multi Channel

You will be able to see how each instance of the plugin detects the others and displays the monitored waveform.

7. Naming, coloring, and re-ordering tracks

Since version 1.11, Oszillos Mega Scope allows renaming, coloring, and re-ordering tracks within the plugin display.

If your DAW supports reporting of track names and colors, those are copied as default.

You can rename and recolor tracks from the side panel on the left of the plugin window.

Oszillos Side panel

If the DAW project only has one instance of Oszillos, this customization panel is hidden. It is revealed by hovering and dragging the far right edge of the plugin window.

The size of the panel can be changed at any time by dragging its edge.

Naming Tracks

Double-Click on the track name text to open the renaming dialogue.

Oszillos Rename

Re-ordering Tracks

Change the order of tracks by dragging and dropping them in the desired place.

Coloring Tracks

Change the color of any track by clicking the color square on the left panel. Select a new color from the pop-up color window.

The waveform that corresponds to the current plugin instance is indicated by a grey vertical bar at the right edge of the name and color panel.

Colour Selector

Pro-Tip -

If you give a track within your DAW a custom name, and you want Oszillos Mega Scope to use the new name of DAW Track - change the name within the plugin to a single space.

Now Oszillos will copy the name from the DAW to the plugin, after reporting. (Usually after changing the track name or after re-loading the session.)

8. Hiding Tracks

Oszillos hide

Since version 1.12. it is possible to hide individual tracks.

Each instance of Oszillos stores the information on hidden tracks separately, rather than sharing it across all instances of the plugin.

This makes it possible to have different views set up in different instances. So you could have one plugin that only shows the drum stems, then another that compares the keyboards with the vocals, etc. You can configure it as you please.

9. Settings and Top Bar

The following sections describe the plugin’s settings and UI elements.

10. Presets

Oszillos Preset

The preset manager allows you to save and recall custom patches.

You can use slashes " / " to organize presets into subfolders. For example "MyPresets/Cowbell/Phattness".

If you use the same name as a factory preset, yours will overwrite it.

Simply type the name, and hit the save icon.

(There are currently no factory presets.)

11. Color Selector

Oszillos Color Square

This setting in the top bar changes the current instance’s waveform color.

To change the color of a different waveform, you need to open the plugin instance for that track and select the color there.

You will notice that the color of the top bar changes slightly, this helps to identify which instance of the plugin you are working on.

12. Draw Mode Selector

Oszillos Draw

Oszillos Mega Scope implements six different waveform drawing modes. Each mode provides a different style of visual representation of the audio signal.

‘Mbeat’ and ‘Abeat’ are the two main modes.

These modes display information for both the frequency and amplitude of the audio flowing through the Oszillos Mega Scope Plugin.

The image coloring is implemented the following way:

  • The input signal is split into three bands via a three-band EQ.
  • The resulting three signals are used as RGB colors.

The color selector acts slightly differently in these modes, and helps to get a custom display for your waveforms:

  • The Hue is used to hue-shift the RGB color
  • The Brightness value changes the shade.

E.G. If you want your lows to be red and your highs to be blue, select a grey tone.

13. Beats to Show (Display Length)

Oszillos Time

Changing this value modifies the length of audio displayed in the plugin.

For example, if you set it to 1 Bar the window will display signals up to one bar in length.

14. Channel

Oszillos Channel

Oszillos allows you to configure the stereo monitoring of the plugin.

You can use the channel selector to change how the plugin interprets stereo information.

L = Left
R = Right
M = Mid
S = Sides

The Mid and Side settings are computed from a combo of the Left and Right channels.

The Mid Channel is 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 gives an intuitive representation of both channels.

The Side Channel is half of the difference between the left and right channels:
S = 0.5*(L-R) - This only contains the information that is different between the two sides. This way you are only monitoring the stereo information, the mono mid-core is omitted.

15. Gain

Oszillos Gains

If your audio signals are too quiet, use this gain control to boost them.

The same amount of gain is applied to each channel. Use this control to get the levels to the ‘Sweet Spot’ - where you can see as much detail as possible without boosting it too high.

Use the high and low decibel values to set the analysis limits in more detail.

16. Logarithmic (Decibel) Scale

Oszillos lin log

To toggle between linear and logarithmic display modes, simply click the button labeled "lin" / "lg" respectively.

This provides 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 also adjusts to the scale, ensuring the display info remains accurate.

17. Draw Waves ...

Oszillos Overlay On

Oszillos Mega Scope can show the waves Separate (stacked) or Combined (overlaid):

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Combined (Overlaid)

Combined (Overlaid)

Separate (stacked):

Separate (stacked):

18. Continous Scroll

Oszillos Scroll cropped

Still - The display is moved via the mouse cursor, otherwise, it stays in the same place.

Scroll - The window automatically moves to display the current playback point.

19. Freeze

Oszillos Freeze

This toggle button allows you to freeze the display. This stops the display from updating, so you can look at waveforms in-depth with no time constraints.

The snow-crystal with the small "A" enables auto-freeze. When enabled, the display will automatically freeze when DAW playback stops and unfreeze when playback continues. Auto-Freeze is enabled by default. Note that you also may need to disable Freeze when disabling auto-freeze while your DAW is paused.

20. Screenshot

Oszillos screenshot

This button captures a screenshot of the plugin’s current display, placing the image file directly on your computer's Desktop.

The screenshot’s background is transparent for maximum editing flexibility.

example screenshot:

example screenshot

21. Straight / Tripplet Grid

Oszillos 4 time

This button switches the grid subdivision between straight quarter notes and triplets. This helps when checking the timing information of your audio.

22. Solo

solo

When engaged only the display related to the current instance is displayed and all other instances are hidden.

23. Latency Compensation

Introduced in Ozsillos V1.12, the plugin now includes a latency compensation setting, so you can correct timing synchronization issues.

Oszillos compensate

Some DAWs (including Ableton Live) do not report correct track timing information to plug-ins if there are latency-causing plugins inserted before them.

In this case, users need to enter the latency time caused by preceding plugins into the text box at the top left of the Oszillos plugin window.

For example, if you have the following signal chain:

[OMS1] > [Plugin] > [OMS2] >

If the [Plugin] creates a latency of 1024, then you would enter “-1024” in [OMS2]’s delay compensation text. This compensates for the delay caused by the plugin and ensures the two Oszillos instances are synchronized.

If there are multiple plugins in the chain, you will need to add all their latency times together and use the total for the compensation value.

Note: the latency entered is in samples!

24. Info

Oszillos I cropped

This button opens the Help/Information window within the plugin.

25. Mouse Drag Measuring

Oszillos mouse scan

Right-Click and drag the display to highlight sections of the waveform.

This function gives you specific measurements of the selected audio segment.

A pop-up window will be displayed in the bottom right corner of the plugin and contains the measurement information.

Currently, this feature provides the following measurements:

  • MS - Length of selection in milliseconds.
  • Samples - Length of selection in samples.
  • Frequency - The dominant frequency in Hz of the selected area.
  • Note - The closest note to the selected frequencies.
  • Amplitude - The loudest peak in decibels.

Difference - The difference in decibels between the loudest and quietest parts of the selection.

26. Conclusion

Thanks for reading this manual. You should now have a solid understanding of the features and settings of Oszillos Mega Scope.

We hope you enjoy using this plugin as much as we enjoyed making it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and ask away!