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Synapse Audio has announced that the upcoming version 8.5 of Orion is now available as a preliminary Public Beta version to all registered Orion owners. This major update adds several new high-quality effects, improves workflow as well as look+feel, and comes with a new default skin designed by Nick Moritz.

Key Features introduced in Version 8.5:

  • New default skin by Nick Moritz.
  • New effect: RNA-160 Compressor/Limiter, a faithful emulation of an outboard compressor legend.
  • New effect: Concert Hall, a new algorithmic reverb with a high-quality sound.
  • New effect: Analog Phaser, an analog-modelled six-stage phaser.
  • New effect: Vintage EQ, tone stack emulation of the legendary '59 Bassman Amp.
  • Compressor CV-82, an improved version of the Compressor 8 with additional features.
  • Sidechain support for VST effects.
  • Pro-9 extended with the Noise Spread knob, which increases the spaciousness of the Snare and Clap sound in the stereo field.
  • ASIO Outputs can be freely assigned to individual subgroups in the Master section.
  • Skinning system completely overhauled, skins are easier to develop and maintain now, most knobs support alpha-blending and an arbitrary number of frames.
  • Toxic 2 synthesizer engine completely overhauled, its performance is now up to 50% higher than previously. New "Pan Spread" knob for spreading Unison voices in the stereo field.
  • All workspace windows can snap to a user-definable grid, facilitating the window arrangement.

Workflow Enhancements:

  • Popup Hints for generator knobs (can be turned off).
  • Current Parameter value visible in event editors (red line by default, user-definable).
  • All workspace Windows can snap to a user-definable grid.
  • "Clone" function which clones all patterns and the arrangement of a generator to a new track. The source mixer strip with all its associated insert FX and EQ settings can be optionally cloned as well.

Bug Fixes:

  • Toolbars no longer 'blink' when clicking on them.
  • Some VST plugins did not redraw properly, fixed.
  • Assigning Transport buttons to MIDI CC did not always work properly, fixed.
  • Song Merge did not always work properly, fixed.
  • MP3 Export did not work in 64-bit version of Orion, fixed.
  • Incorrect meter drawing while mixer was moving, fixed.
  • Audio glitches while window was moving or scrolling, fixed.
  • Playlist cursor drawing bugs while window was moving, fixed.
  • Song Length was not correctly updated when adding huge patterns, fixed.
  • Mousewheel did not work properly in all cases, fixed.
  • Modules were loosing focus and focus was set for playlist (TAB shortcut issue), fixed.
  • Deprecated effect "Simple reverb" was not recovered properly from older projects, fixed.
  • "Audio Input" text was not drawn properly on expanded playlist, fixed.
  • Hitting [Alt]+[-] to invoke MDI window caused hang, fixed.
  • Styles imported from V7 with automation in them did not show the automation, fixed.
  • Pattern list Drop-down in Playlist did not always work, fixed.
  • VST effect "PSP-85" crashed after inserting it, fixed.
  • "Receive MIDI from..." option did not work for VST effects, fixed.
  • IL plugins had drawing issues, fixed.
  • Recorded MIDI CC Automation was sometimes not shown for VST plugins, fixed.
  • Event Editor: Events drawn with the line tool while left button was held down were erased by playlist cursor, fixed.
  • Imported v7 projects with many generators did not show all mixer strips, fixed.
  • Scrolling in Piano Roll and Playlist was sluggish sometimes, fixed.
  • Generator window was not resizable if pianoroll was opened while window was rolled, fixed.
  • After un-maximizing a window, the border was not redrawn correctly, fixed.
  • Toxic 2 "Init Program" function created a silent patch, fixed.
  • Calling up minimized Windows from the Window menu did not work, fixed.
  • On some systems the Mixer had redraw issues, fixed.
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