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Liqube Audio updates Resonic Player and Pro Audio Player and Sample Manager to v0.9.1b for Windows

Liqube Audio has updated Resonic, an audio player and sample manager for Windows, to v0.9.1b.

This release introduces a disk cache that makes already scanned metadata available much faster, and comes with much improved Drag & Drop features. Metadata in DSD audio files (DSF/DFF) is fully supported (some parts in Pro only), new shortcuts were added, usability and integration has been improved, and lots of little things have been fixed. Also, the currently playing path is now highlighted in the browser.

Playback and Monitoring:

  • The UP and DOWN arrow keys will no longer play the next/previous file, but a random file, when the 'Random' playback mode is enabled. Note that you can also use ALT-SPACE anytime to play a random file.
  • Pro: Fixed MIDI file playback only producing silence when using integrated ResonicProGM sound bank.
  • Bigger playback buffers (at a little extra RAM cost) for smoother playback.
  • Fixed a problem where seeking failed in very long AAC files (~2.5 hours and above.).
  • Info bar now shows 'Float' to indicate floating point WAVE/AIFF files (32/64-bit), and was also made more readable.

Performance:

  • Pro: Introducing a high-performance metadata cache that runs transparently in the background. Once new files have been discovered this feature greatly reduces disk accesses, making existing metadata available much faster. The cache is limited to approximately 128 MB and cleans itself up every now and then. When the file list is focused you can issue a complete metadata re-read for all listed files by using CTRL-F5.
  • You can now edit files in external programs while they are open in Resonic.
  • Most of the file operations in Resonic now operate lock-free, which means that files can be used and handled in parallel more easily.
  • Reduced memory usage in certain usage scenarios.

Usability:

  • Pro: Shortcut to double (CTRL-SHIFT-D) and halve (CTRL-SHIFT-F) the selection length.
  • Pro: Fixed multiple Drag & Drops of the same waveform selection from Resonic into other applications that immediately lock the received files (e.g., Ableton Live), which failed silently.
  • Pro: You can now click the status bar message after recording to play the recording.

Integration:

  • Game Audio: Improved Drag & Drop of audio files into Wwise (tested on 2017.1.4), which works around the program's file access issues ('File already open in another process').
  • Added options for improved Drag & Drop usability. When dragging files out of Resonic, you can choose to bring the target window to the front or minimize Resonic. When Resonic is maximized or in fullscreen mode, dragging files to any edge of the screen will minimize the window. Playback will optionally be paused after successful drops.
  • Support the recently added Windows 10 feature 'Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them'.

User Interface:

  • Resonic is now more reliably brought to foreground when starting a second instance.
  • Input boxes are now scaled to screen width.
  • Fixed window position restore for non-standard taskbar positions.
  • Fixed a problem that occurred when the Windows taskbar was set to auto-hide.
  • Fixed tooltips disappearing in certain screen locations.

Waveform:

  • Resonic will now automatically rescan waveforms and metadata for files that you modify in external programs.
  • Pro: Setting temporary slices (ALT-CLICK) will no longer seek or start playback when the stream is paused or stopped. You can now slice up your file while stopped and export slices without actually having to listen to the file, which is more consistent with SHIFT-SELECT behavior.

Browser:

  • As a visual cue the currently playing (active) file's path is now highlighted in green. An option to disable this feature is available.
  • Fixed pasting files in browser, which could lead to a crash.
  • Fixed an issue with ejecting CDs or DVDs.
  • Pro: 'Copy path to clipboard' (folder context menu, or CTRL-SHIFT-C when browser focused) copies the currently selected folder's full path to the clipboard.

File List:

  • Played files now appear dimmed until the file list changes or is is refreshed, as a helpful visual cue for improved workflow.
  • File list filter now handles UP and DOWN arrow properly in 'Random' playback mode.
  • Fixed file selection issues after file delete.
  • Fixed file list contents not being updated properly in certain cases.
  • Added new 'Follow active item' option. When disabled, the list will not scroll after automatic track changes.
  • Fixed content kind image not being drawn in some custom column configurations.
  • Fixed metadata not being read from files with the read-only attribute set.
  • File list clipboard export improved. 'Export file list | Copy file paths' (file context menu, or CTRL-SHIFT-C when file list focused) copies plain text unescaped paths. Resonic Pro can also copy the path names (without file names), or just the file names. (#1356).
  • Pro: File list clipboard export customization added to file context menu under 'Export file list | Customization', which is most useful to power users and developers. Also added new command 'Copy customized file paths' (CTRL-SHIFT-ALT-C). Added new selection of backslashes or forward slashes as directory separator. (#1356).
  • More explicit notifications when files are copied (green) and cut (yellow). The same concept applies to browser folders.

Conversion:

  • Pro: Ten additional less common sample rates for batch targets (e.g., 8, 11.025, 32, 44.056, 192), accessible through the 'Sample Rate' submenu (#1330).
  • Pro: Resonic Pro will now use 32-bit Float as default output format for slicing/extracting.
  • Pro: When dragging selections out or saving slices Resonic now correctly creates 32-bit Float output files from 32-bit Float input files when 'Same as input file' is used as 'Bit Depth'. Previously, Resonic created 32-bit PCM output files by default, which pointed out a serious bug in Ableton Live where 32-bit PCM wave files are misinterpreted as loud noise. So dear Live users, do yourself a favor and stick to 32-bit Float.

Metadata:

  • When the file list is active CTRL-F5 now triggers a full reload, including all metadata.
  • Metadata support for Sony DSF high-resolution DSD audio files (.dsf), which are commonly used for consumer content. The following information is now read by the Resonic meta core: playback duration, sample rate (mhz), channel count, sample count, bit depth, as well as most information in embedded ID3v2 tags.
  • Metadata support for Philips DSDIFF high-resolution DSD audio files (.dff), which are commonly used for professionally authored content. The following information is now read by the Resonic meta core: playback duration, sample rate (mhz), channel count, sample count, comments, artist, title, software ('creating machine'), engineer ('operator name'), and in the Pro version: source form ('sound source'), file structure, file integrity checks.
  • Improved the Resonic meta core's ability to auto-correct RIFF WAVE files with broken headers, and continue to read the remaining metadata. However, playback duration is intentionally not reported to easily spot problematic files. Future Pro versions may report these errors differently.

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