I'd prefer vertical meters since that's the way I'm used to looking at meters that aren't mechanical, but the horizontal meters will do. Turns out that i had the layout that gave me the meters that were easiest to read (long and skinny), I just wish they could be larger, but I suppose I'll have to live with it.
It just seems odd to me that there's already a perfectly good meter on the screen and it doesn't do anything when recording. I don't need meters in two places. I'd rather have them in just one, but 50 years of working with audio recording has just kind of accustomed me to looking at a single meter that functions for both recording and playback. I don't like having two sets of transport controls either, one that only works for recording and the other that only works for playback except for the Record button that doesn't start recording, but just opens the Recording window.
I actually like watching a traditional VU meter when recording digital, but unless there's something else I haven't found, the VU calibration is fixed so that 0 VU corresponds to about -8 dBFS and I like 0 VU to correspond to -16 to -20 dBFS. And the VU meter in Sound Forge looks like its dynamic response is the same as the peak meter, not anything like a real VU meter, so it's just like looking at a peak meter with the numbers in the wrong place. The advantage of displaying the VU meters along with the peak meters is that there's a layout combination that gives a larger phase scope.
Just another Sound Forge quirk, I guess. I can live with it. I guess nobody responsible for the user interface has ever used a tape recorder.
Any way of getting a bigger display of recording time than the small text below the Record transport controls? I sometimes like to make notes (on real paper) as to what happens at a particular time and a larger time display would be easier to see. I know I could just drop a marker and make a note as to what's at that marker number, but I'm just an old fart who prefers to work the way I'm comfortable instead of learning a new way to work with every program.
OK, I got it. I was looking for a button or check box in the meter area, and didn't try just right-clicking in the open space. That got me the X-Y Lissajous pattern that I wanted to be able to see. The Recording window can't be re-sized, however, so the size is limited to what can fit in that window.