I have been creating 5.1 surround sound files from Apple Compressor, but need a way to visually see that the different channels are all working properly in the final file. I can't test with a physical surround sound speaker set-up.

Is there an app that can show the sound levels for each channel, like you can with mono/stereo files in Audacity?

I don't have access to a full video editor like Final Cut Pro, or Avid. I would happily pay for a smaller audio utility that lets you do this.

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    I don't use Audacity, but a quick Google tells me it can do 5.1
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    May 30, 2017 at 8:37
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Try Soundtrack Pro from Final Cut Studio 2009. This is simple and robust application. There's surround 5.1 under its hood and moderate set of audio professional tools.

  • Thank you Andy, that's a great tip. As Tetsujin mentioned above, Audacity can also do it, although not as well as the older Sountrack Pro. Jul 25, 2017 at 14:33

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