Sonic Visualiser updated to v2.4

Sonic Visualiser

Sonic Visualiser, a cross-platform application for viewing and analysing the contents of music audio files, has been updated to version 2.4.

The aim of Sonic Visualiser is to be the first program you reach for when want to study a musical recording rather than simply listen to it.

We hope Sonic Visualiser will be of particular interest to musicologists, archivists, signal-processing researchers and anyone else looking for a friendly way to take a look at what lies inside the audio file.

Changes in Sonic Visualiser v2.4

  • Add support for left/right scrolling using a two-finger touchpad gesture (where available).
  • Make the octave numbering into a configurable option, and change the default. Previously Sonic Visualiser labelled middle-C as “C3″; now it labels middle-C as “C4″, a more common standard in the world outside MIDI sequencer software. The previous system is available as an option in the Preferences. This affects only the visible labels: there is no change to analysis or to the file format.
  • Sonify time-value layers. Any time-value curve whose scale unit is set to Hz will now acquire a playback toggle control; this control is off by default, but if it is switched on, the curve will be played back using a variable-frequency sound generator.
  • Add support for playback of note layers with non-MIDI frequencies (formerly the note playback was limited to exact MIDI pitch).
  • Change the default playback sample for note layers from piano to an electric piano with sustain. The piano sample is still available, and any sessions saved using it should continue to use it.
  • Add keyboard shortcuts to cycle the current layer (in addition to the existing ones to cycle the current pane).
  • Fix various bugs related to layer ordering: layer tabs re-ordering themselves randomly when new layer added, layers being ordered randomly when saving and reloading a session.
  • Fix incorrect interaction with non-Unicode usernames when creating temporary and template directories on Windows.
  • Shade the start and end of the main audio file, to make them easier to see for files that start or end in silence.
  • Speed up rendering and scrolling in time-value layers.
  • Make it possible to import CSV files directly into Note layers by adding Pitch as a data type in the CSV file import dialog.
  • Fix problems with keyboard shortcuts when using Qt5 on OS/X. This is the first release in which the official builds use Qt5 for all platforms.

Sonic Visualiser is available for download for Windows, Mac and Linux.

More information: Sonic Visualiser

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Sonic Visualiser audio analysis software updated to v2.3

Sonic Visualiser

The Sonic Visualiser application for viewing and analysing the contents of music audio files, has been updated to version 2.3.

The aim of Sonic Visualiser is to be the first program you reach for when want to study a musical recording rather than simply listen to it.

We hope Sonic Visualiser will be of particular interest to musicologists, archivists, signal-processing researchers and anyone else looking for a friendly way to take a look at what lies inside the audio file.

Changes in Sonic Visualiser v2.3

  • Add a startup welcome dialog that also explains what SV makes network connections for and allows user to forbid them.
  • Add “Export Audio Data” feature.
  • Show piano keyboard scale in note and time-value layers as well as spectrogram, where vertical scale is log Hz; also show numerical scale in note and region layers when not auto-aligned.
  • Speed up CSV file import and avoid showing crazily wide window for CSV file format dialog when file has lots of columns.
  • Fix incorrectly saved window geometry when exiting from maximised state.
  • Reduce number of timer wakeups when idle.
  • Add American English translation and make choice of translation into a preference (defaulting to system locale).
  • Permit installation to non-default location with Windows installer build.

Sonic Visualiser is available to download for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

More information: Sonic Visualiser

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Sonic Visualiser updated to v1.9

Sonic Visualiser

Sonic Visualiser, an application for viewing and analysing the contents of music audio files, was updated to version 1.9.

The aim of Sonic Visualiser is to be the first program you reach for when want to study a musical recording rather than simply listen to it.

Changes in Sonic Visualiser v1.9

  • Add session templates; save session as template; apply template to session.
  • Tidy up the file open logic so as to remove the dialog asking how to open a file, where possible.
  • Various bug fixes.

Sonic Visualiser for Linux, OS/X, and Windows is available to under the GNU General Public License (v2 or later).

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Sonic Visualiser updated to v1.8

Sonic Visualiser

Sonic Visualiser, an application for viewing and analysing the contents of music audio files, was recently updated to version 1.8.

The aim of Sonic Visualiser is to be the first program you reach for when want to study a musical recording rather than simply listen to it.

Changes in Sonic Visualiser v1.8

  • Sonic Visualiser now registers as a file type handler on OS/X, providing better integration with the desktop generally (Dan Stowell).
  • There is a new function to toggle all Time Rulers at once (key #).
  • The CSV import dialog has been overhauled, allowing more flexible selection of purpose for each column.
  • Text overlays are now easier to read on dark backgrounds.
  • Hidden layers are now ignored when exporting an image (Dan Stowell).
  • A crash when starting a new session or exiting the application after loading a session with saved alignment data has been fixed.
  • The duplication of right-button menu functions when multiple files were loaded has been fixed.
  • The layer-add menu functions now have shortcuts (Dan Stowell).
  • The codebase has been reorganised into libraries and a configure step added. It should be easier to build and maintain on OS/X and Linux than previously, although it won’t make much difference on Windows.
  • A Czech translation is now included (thanks to Pavel Fric).

Sonic Visualiser is distributed under the GNU General Public License (v2 or later) and available for Linux, OS/X, and Windows.

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Sonic Visualiser updated to v1.7

Sonic Visualiser

Chris Cannam of the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London, has released version 1.7 of Sonic Visualiser, an application for inspecting and analysing the contents of music audio files, combining powerful waveform and spectral visualisation tools with automated feature extraction plugins and annotation capabilities.

The aim of Sonic Visualiser is to be the first program you reach for when want to study a musical recording rather than simply listen to it.

We hope Sonic Visualiser will be of particular interest to musicologists, archivists, signal-processing researchers and anyone else looking for a friendly way to take a look at what lies inside the audio file.

Changes in Sonic Visualiser v1.7

  • A new “Insert Item At Selection” function on the Edit menu can be used to create Note and Region layer items whose time extents correspond to the current selection(s).
  • Interactively editing points in the Note and Region layers now works much more smoothly.
  • SV can now import MIDI files that use SMPTE timecode for event timing (importing MIDI files using with the more common timebase-based timing was already supported).
  • Time values throughout the display may optionally be shown in seconds and frames at various frame rates.
  • A crash on exit in Windows has been fixed.
  • A very unobtrusive user survey is now included.
  • Various other bug fixes.

Sonic Visualiser is available as freeware (GNU General Public License) for Windows, Mac and Linux.

More information: Sonic Visualiser

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