23rd December 2012
New to version 7.0:
- Verified Windows 8 and Mountain Lion (10.8.x) compatibility.
- Font selection is much easier with use of the Font Panel. (Mac).
- Plug-ins can now be placed on mixer channels. This makes it easy to do complicated routings, for example, taking a stereo pair of a multiple out plug-in and routing it to a reverb.
- The maximum number of audio tracks has been increased to 128.
- Multi-core processing added (already exists under Windows). This could improve performance when multiple plug-ins are used up to 100% * (the number of cores in your CPU – 1). (Mac).
- Saving of standard VST programs (.fxp) and bank (.fxb) files. You can now use Metro to organize and save cross-platform industry standard preset files and banks.
- The graphic editor duration can be divorced from graphic editor quantize value by clicking on the note duration popup while holding the command key (Ctrl key for Windows). This makes it easier, for example, to input quarter notes at sixteenth note boundaries. The two settings can be synchronized by selecting the same quantize value as the current duration. After synchronization, selecting the duration selects both quantize and duration. The synchronization feature makes it more compatible with the way older versions worked.
- More efficient VST plug-in support.
- The normalize dialog now shows the percent the audio is current normalized.
- Bridged VST type added to Plug-ins window if the plug-in is jBridged.
- Rhythm Explorer additions:
- Rhythm Explorer window is floating.
- Rhythm Explorer adds the possibility of ghost notes to drum algorithms.
- Rhythm Explorer adds indicators for different drum algorithms in use. Little black, red and white triangles denote "extra hits", "ghost notes" and "ride cymbals"respectively.
- Rhythm Explorer add a preference for note range and adds recordable octave transpose buttons.
- Instantiated plug-ins on mixer channels and aux busses are saved with preferences.
- Notepad editor supports color, multiple fonts and font panel settings and now saves internally in RTF format making it more cross platform compatible.
- High quality text in Notation window and printing.
- Preset numbers draw in the graphic editor for instantiated plug-ins.
- Instantiating a plug-in assigned to the drum-machine category, from the graphic editor, automatically switches the graphic editor to drum mode.
- Option to use velocity pattern defined in the real-time arpeggiator with the spray paint tool.
- New option to detect chords from MIDI on a track and add them as markers. This is extremely useful for supplying accurate data to the Rhythm explorer.
- Chord detection in real-time in the keyboard window.
- "Add fadeout automation" added to contextual menu for each mixer channel in the mixer window.
- "Input select" added to contextual menus in the graphic editor track title bars and the tracks window.
- Right-clicking the time signature in the transport window brings up a quick time-signature change popup.
- Markers can be transposed via the transpose dialog.
- "Not Multi-Core Compatible" option, when checked for an individual plug-in, will instantiate a plug-in on the main thread so that threading issues do not occur. This is important for plug-ins built using SynthEdit as they are not normally compatible with Multi-Core digital audio workstations.
- Hold the shift key when opening a closed plug-in to reset the plug-ins edit window size to the default size.
- The jukebox will continue playing across document opens and 'new' if there are no in use aux busses and no effects on the master buss.
- When cue-looping playback, the pitch bend state is saved at the cue-loop start point and restored at the cue-loop end point (for one MIDI channel only).
- Menu option "Snap External Drags To Measures" added to the Quantize Mode menu. This makes it easy to drag audio or MIDI grooves from the OS or a plug-in editor window and have it quantized to a measure boundary regardless of what the current graphic editor quantize setting is.
- A back arrow icon appears in the graphic editor when editing a subsection. This allows easy access back to the parent section.
- An alternative audio search path can be specified in preferences. This will be a fallback directory to be searched when an audio file is not found.(Windows).
- ASIO support has been enhanced. This includes a new check box "Fast Start Audio" that causes playback to begin instantly. (Windows).
- Scrollbars have been added to the main window. (Windows).
Fixed in this version:
- The mouse-wheel works properly in numeric fields of dialogs (Mac).
- A track's previous view is memorized so that when it is switched to a continuous data view (e.g controllers) the underlying display is correct(note or drum).
- The last selected controller, for when a track is in controller view, is memorized.
- Subsections with soft-synths now produce audio accurate to 1 MIDI clock.
- Latency compensation now works on aux busses for synths that have no audio inputs. This version also supports latency compensation in the middle of plug-in chains.
- Several memory leaks have been fixed.
- Tempo changes were not being accounted for when calculating the duration of a note on a soft-synth assigned MIDI track.
- Input and Output contextual menus are more thoroughly implemented.
- Better default directories for loading and saving different file types.
- Stale soft-synth mixer channels were being saved in Metro documents in certain cases.
- The tempo was notated wrong in the notation window if the time signature denominator was not 4.
- Plug-ins no longer re-sort after selecting a category. This makes it easier to categorize multiple uncategorized plug-ins.
- A stack overflow could have occurred if there were too many plug-ins (DLLs) found.
- Automation was not updating in the instantiated effects window. (Windows).
- Writing mono MP3 files was not working correctly in some cases.
- In certain cases, use of the standard Audio Output file selection dialog, could create bad audio files. Many mono->stereo and stereo->mono conversions were not implemented correctly. • Certain 24 bit output operations clipped incorrectly. (Windows 64 Bit).
- MIDI errors were being reported with incorrect error messages. (Windows).
- If the plug-in path did not contain a "VST" a crash could have occurred. (Windows).
- Many other bug fixes.
Users who purchases products after 9/4/2012 can receive a free upgrade by sending an email to: info at sagantech.biz. Be sure to include your date of purchase and your serial number.
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