[Ardour-Users] Master bus meter fluctuating after importing a track

Robin Gareus robin at gareus.org
Sun Apr 17 13:58:49 PDT 2016

On 04/17/2016 05:05 PM, jonetsu at teksavvy.com wrote:
> Hello !
> (Ardour 4.7.0)
> Right after the import of a stereo track (wav file), and without having
> played anything, the bus meter starts to fluctuate with the peak
> indicator hovering at about -40, constantly. This is also shown using
> Robin's bit meter.  Why is this so ?  

Probably because the newly added track monitors the input.

This is expected behavior if
  - autoconnect [1] is enabled
  - something is feeding the soundcard's input
  - auto-input is enabled [2] and the transport is not rolling

There's an exhaustive list of "what you hear, what the meter displays"
for various configurations at


[1] Preferences > Audio > Connections
[2] Session > Properties > Monitoring

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