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Image Line releases FL Studio 8

Image-Line has announced that FL Studio 8 is now available. An extensive list of changes follows...

Additions:

  • New Slicex drumloop slicing generator plugin.
  • New SynthMaker modular environment.
  • FL finally supports MIDI SysEx input, and handles basic MMC functions.
  • Added error message at startup when MMX or SSE1 is not found.
  • Cleartype not forced on anymore for mixer labels for Win9X platforms.
  • Right-clicking splitters (browser, piano roll, playlist) for spare position.
  • Project browser: can show/hide plugin editors from the generators/effects folders.
  • Generator smart disable is now compatible with threaded rendering.
  • Added mouse wheel support to popup menus & combo selectors.
  • Added some extra mouse buttons support.
  • Added (manual) plugin editor thumbnails to project browser.
  • Sinc interpolator now faster (64point sinc now usable realtime).
  • New slope modes for LP/HP/LS/Peak/HS bands in Parametric EQ 2 plugin.
  • New 'multilink' option for quicker remote control assignment, creation of multiple automation clips, etc.
  • Added 'Edit whole mapping' to Remote control part of the project browser.
  • Optional stereo waveform display in playlist.
  • Re-implemented CME UF keyboard support (although MIDI feedback sometimes makes no sense).
  • Parameter smoothing now works for relative knobs or other incremental MIDI controls too.
  • Improved parameter smoothing.
  • Can now define absolute increment steps in MIDI remote control window.
  • Playlist->Edit->Shift left/right now works for audio clips too (including using control surface jogs).
  • Added full support for the Mackie Control Universal.
  • Improved support for some controllers.
  • Improved 'undo knob tweaks' to support tweaking several parameters at once without slowing down.
  • Love Philter: piano keys assigned to patterns.
  • Tweaking controls on VST(i)s now show a hint message in FL's hint bar (when possible).
  • Wave Candy: fixed some bugs & added Vista window background blur.
  • Updated to LAME 3.97.
  • Improved latency compensation 'Set from' option.
  • Rendering with latency compensation.
  • Added slip editing in playlist clips, as well as little changes in resizing tools.
  • Improved accuracy of MIDI input recording under high GUI CPU load.
  • Can now move effect slots around using the mouse wheel.
  • FL (& some FL plugins) now support .ogg format.
  • Introducing 'Selected' mixer track, to which the selected mixer track is routed, and in which you.
  • Place visual effects or a recording Edison.
  • Ctrl+E to quickly open an audio editor in a mixer track, or Shift+E to open an audio logger.
  • Added score logging feature, not to miss scored played while testing.
  • Piano roll: added 'Select at random' to select 10% random notes, for variations.
  • Playlist: clip source selection now in titlebar, and clips panel now on top by default.
  • One-click audio recording now prompts to record in Edison.
  • Improved RAM usage meter for some systems.
  • Can now resize multiple playlist clips at once.
  • Caps lock function changed to allow resizing of notes from left side in piano roll.
  • Added recording filter (right-click record button).
  • Newbie enhancement: snapping is on by default.
  • Newbie enhancement: browser snapshot now defaults to slot 1.
  • Newbie enhancement: window menu icons replaced by holly down arrows.
  • New spectral view in monitor panel.
  • DrumSynth: added call to SendPatchToEngine to Voice_Release, to temporarily fix a release.
  • Problem when multiple voices are active.
  • Automation now displayed in pattern clips, improved event editor display.
  • Channels in piano roll channel selector are now sorted by channel group.
  • New list of available patterns when right-clicking the pattern selector.
  • Patterns named '-pattern name' now act as separators in lists.
  • Added OGG Vorbis rendering target.
  • Added randomize & humanize to multilink menu.
  • Default audio device changed to ASIO4ALL.
  • Newly-recorded patterns now added as pattern clips (when in song mode).
  • Fruity DX10: mod init and sustain calculations now also take sample rate into account.
  • Changed piano roll keyboard modifiers a little (see help file) to add a new SHIFT+click to add note in resize mode.
  • Added 'Send previous/next to selected channel' option in browser. Works well with extra mouse buttons too.
  • Default peak meters scale bottom changed to -70dB, alternate scale down to -50dB.
  • Introducing FL-chan in wallpapers.
  • Newbie enhancement: 'save as' icon blinks once 5min after the last save, then each 30sec after 10min.
  • Changed generator multithreaded processing method a little.
  • Adapted wav file loader for more bad interpretations of a bad format.
  • Mapped incoming "all notes off" MIDI message to panic.
  • Removed obsolete '16.8' version of the 32Bit wav rendering.

Edison:

  • EQ, blur & reverb tools now remember their envelope editor settings.
  • Unselects when live selection is too short (<150ms), and added live selection as published parameter.
  • New fancy waveform display mode, and option to export display to bitmap file.
  • Added stereo waveform display.
  • New slave sync, pause button, transport active when not playing, support for control surfaces and keyboard.
  • Input (to slice or for sampler preview).
  • Can now link notes to markers/regions (for use in Fruity Slicer).
  • Added "Undo mix (spectral)" and "Paste mix (spectral)" features.
  • Added keyboard (to note or to slice) preview.
  • Added 'quick rename (all)' option to rename all regions to drum names.
  • Edison & Sytrus now captionize themselves when starting a sample drag.
  • New Tools->Send to playlist as audio clip, to send the clip to the playlist at selection, linked to the same.
  • Mixer track as Edison.
  • New drum(loop) stretching tool (& paste replace (drum)), with improved gaps filling.
  • CTRL+DRAG drums from one instance to another, to replace drums in a loop with drums from another loop.
  • Slide option now works on markers/regions too.
  • Hold right-shift to move markers more accurately (temporary zoom).
  • New phase editing feature in Edison's EQ.
  • Added middle note & score detection.
  • Improved smoothness when recording for several minutes.
  • New 'dual view' mode showing both waveform & spectrum.
  • Added tools->sequencing->send to selected channel, to quickly send audio to the selected channel.
  • Without dragging (mainly for Fruity Slicer).
  • Changed spectral display's windowing to Kaiser.
  • New support for region types, and grid aligned to first downbeat marker.
  • New tempo detector that gives better results for fixed-tempo songs.
  • Added 'Time format' menu to display time regardless of the grid mode.

Dashboard:

  • Fixed scroller freeze issue.
  • Edit string dialog now pops up on correct screen.
  • "send value" for patch control no longer generates an exception.
  • Messages are no longer added to a buffer to be sent during processing.

FPC:

  • Invalidate synthpanel on resize, to avoid graphical glitch when resizing the editor with "Show window.
  • Contents while dragging" off in Windows.
  • Mouse wheel now changes pad.
  • Some cosmetic changes.
  • Pan envelope is now bipolar.
  • Fixed some save dialog glitches.
  • Fixed envelope handling.
  • Added wave preview in open dialog.
  • Small UI changes.
  • Better behaviour when samples are missing.
  • Changed direction for changing pads from mouse wheel.
  • Fixed MIDI loop loading, it now takes into accounts the steps per beat.

Video Player:

  • Do nothing in TVideoViewer.AcceptMediaSample to prevent creeping cpu usage.
  • Moved position updates from Process to Idle function, to save some cpu usage.
  • Detached video will now keep playing if the plugin editor window is hidden.
  • Added "Ignore tempo changes" option.
  • Fix to prevent rising cpu usage.
  • "render fast" is now the default.

Fruity Wrapper:

  • "Export all programs as Cubase presets" saved the current program in every file.
  • Fixed new implementation of ProcessParam to avoid "integer overflow" exception when adding an.
  • Automation clip.
  • Added hint when plugin parameter changes.
  • Some fixes in ProcessParam.
  • Now flushes plugin (inactive/active) in the PlugIOChanged callback.
  • Don't send "all note off" message for effects.
  • The fixed size output buffer for effects are now initialized to zero before processing.
  • Now call AllocBuffers when the blocksize changes.
  • Renamed menu items for saving/loading fst and fxb files to "VST" instead of "Cubase".
  • Added "Send note off velocity" option.
  • Implemented support for sysex messages sent by the plugin (untested).
  • Let FL re-read key names when updateDisplay message is received from VST plugin.

DirectWave:

  • Fixed bug showing save program dialogs.
  • Added file compatibility options to (global) options dialog.
  • "gain" control on zone tab now defaults to 0.0dB again.
  • "gain" control on zone tab is now multiplied to the volume instead of added.
  • Updated downloader implementation.
  • Double-click on zone (or zone index) now opens sample tab.
  • Now need to right-click on sample scroll bar to zoom.
  • Fixed drag&drop crash.
  • Made library scan (for popup menu) a lot faster.
  • Fixed browser resizing from config dlg.
  • Fixed behaviour of browser expansion with multiple instances.
  • Changed volume and velocity implementation.
  • Re-implemented soundfont support, now supports 24bit soundfonts.
  • Fixed resizing in FL version, made it more spec-compliant in VSTi version.
  • Some VST specific improvements.
  • Fixed crash in VSTi when opening/closing browser because of incorrect FL version check.
  • Effect switches on the zone page now also act according to the "global" switch.
  • Improved demo mode save/restore for VSTi version.
  • Fixed window size bug (browser open/closed) when opening editor.
  • Fixed ogg import, made it use 32bit float samples instead of 16bit int.
  • Restructured files, recompiled.
  • Fixed "full range" behaviour for selectors.

Bug fixes:

  • Bugfix in envelope point snapping.
  • Bugfix in Sytrus unison sub.
  • Bugfix: quick quantize no longer resizes playlist clips.
  • Bugfix in stretching engine.
  • Bugfix in monophonic mode combined with Fruity Slicer plugin.
  • Little bugfix in Edison's looping tool & trimming option.
  • Little bugfix in Sytrus envelope release combined with sustain level.
  • Fixed weird bug importing corrupted playlist data from FL6 projects.
  • Fixed keystrokes not getting to FL when mixer was detached & focused.
  • Fixed strange bug with ASIO.
  • Fixed little bug when reordering mixer tracks.
  • Fixed crash when closing FL while project browser was open.
  • Fixed tiny browser bug.
  • Fixed bug in WaveShaper & Sytrus bipolar to unipolar mapping conversion.
  • Fixed rare arpeggiator bug.
  • Fixed problem loading some VST 2.4 plugins.
  • Fixed crash in Vista when Data Execution Prevention is on.
  • Fixed some possible deadlocks when MIDI-controlling parameters.
  • Fixed little bug in Fruity Slicer's note dump.
  • Fixed little problem in MIDI input window.
  • Fixed big bug in wav file loader when regions have comments.
  • Fixed thread-locking issue with multiple smoothed up remote control combined with visible project.
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