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Zynewave Podium, music production software updated to v2.35

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Zynewave Podium

Zynewave has released version 2.35 of Podium, a professional music production software for Windows.

MIDI files can be auditioned in the browser, and dragged onto the note editor. The Insert key can duplicate a multiple event selection. Improved realtime bounce recording.

Changes in Podium 2.35

  • MIDI files can be auditioned in the browser. The MIDI file will play on the focus track, at the tempo of the arrangement. If the arrangement is playing, the “audition on bar start” option will sync the MIDI file to the arrangement.
  • MIDI files can be dragged directly onto the note editor timeline. This will insert the notes from the MIDI file at the mouse cursor timeline and root note position. All inserted notes will be transposed to use the new root note. Holding the Alt key will drop the notes without changing the root note.
  • Added “Export Selection to MIDI File” command to the File menu in note and curve editors.
  • When dropping a MIDI file or a sequence object onto a track, the end of the new sequence event will be snapped up to the next grid line.
  • Importing a MIDI file to a track will use the filename for the new sequence if the MIDI file contains a blank track name.
  • Pressing the Insert key in the arrangement and note editor now supports duplicating a multiple event selection. If snap is enabled, the duplicated events will be snapped relative to the next grid line. Pressing Shift+Insert will override snap. Pressing Ctrl+Insert will snap to next bar.
  • Realtime bounce recording mode now automatically creates the sound events for the recording.
  • Realtime bounce recording is no longer limited to the length of the arrangement. It will continue to record until stop is pressed.
  • Made a minor design change to the browser menu buttons.
  • Fix: The “Transform to Spline Curve” command did not properly handle cases where there were deselected events within the range of selected events.
  • Updated “Toolbars”, “Sliding & Zooming”, “Recording”, “Preferences” and “Colors” chapters in the Podium guide.

Podium is available to purchase for Windows PC, priced at $50 USD. A demo version can be downloaded from the Zynewave website. Podium Free was also updated, to version 2.33.

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Zynewave Podium Free, freeware edition of music production software

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Zynewave Podium

Zynewave has released Podium Free, the freeware edition of the music production software for Windows PC.

Podium Free is a fully functional freeware edition of Podium. It is identical to the commercial Podium version, except for a few limitations, and a small “Podium Free” logo.

Limitations of Podium Free compared to the commercial version

  • MIDI interface setup is limited to one input and one output.
  • 64-bit mixer engine option is disabled.
  • Plugin multiprocessing is disabled.
  • ReWire is disabled.
  • Surround-sound playback is disabled.

The disabled plugin multiprocessing option means that only one CPU core will be used when processing plugins. If you have a dual-core CPU you will be able to use 50% of your available CPU power before the Podium CPU indicator overloads. Podium Free still uses all available CPU cores for various tasks such as GUI updates and disk streaming.

These limitations may change in newer releases of Podium Free. It will depend on new features added to Podium, and the general user response to Podium Free.

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Zynewave updates Podium to v2.31

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Zynewave Podium

Zynewave has released version 2.31 of Podium, a professional music production software solution for Windows PC.

Redesigned note editor, combining piano roll and drum map editing in one editor. Introduced note map feature for customizing note layout in the note editor. Added slide and zoom key shortcuts.

Changes in Podium v2.31

  • Introduced a note map feature for the piano roll and drum map editors. Each track contains a customizable note map where individual notes can be disabled, soloed, muted, colored and renamed. By disabling notes you can hide unused note ranges from the editor. Solo and mute is only available in drum map mode.
  • Revised the piano roll and drum map editors. The old separate drum map editor is removed, and instead the note editor can be toggled between piano roll mode and drum map mode. Use the “restore default editor profiles” command in the setup menu to get the defaults used in the updated note editor.
  • Added a button panel to the left side of the note editor. At the top is a note map options menu button for: toggling drum map mode, enabling standard GM drum kit notes, enabling only notes used on the track, and copy/paste for copying the note map to other tracks.
  • “Audition event mode” button toggles audition of selected and edited note events. The audition behaviour has been modified so that audition will stop when the mouse button is released, even if the note event duration is longer.
  • “Wide event mode” button will set a minimum width of the clickable frame around note events, making it easier to select and edit short duration events.
  • “Ghost event mode” button will display a mask on the timeline background of note events on all tracks. Alt+Clicking a ghost event will switch the editor to that sequence.
  • “Note enable mode” button toggles display of disabled notes. When the option is selected all drum map headers show an enable/disable button. When the option is deselected, all disabled drum keys are hidden. This can be used to set up a compact drum map with only the drum sounds you intend to use. In piano roll mode, only full disabled octaves will be hidden.
  • If a VST plugin supports custom key names, the key names will be displayed on the drum map headers and on the piano keyboard when zoomed out.
  • Right-clicking on the piano keyboard or the drum map headers will open the Note Map dialog. The dialog contains a multi-selection listbox which easily lets you enable/disable, apply color and rename a range of notes. Note maps can be imported and exported as files. The Podium installer creates a “Note Maps” folder in the Podium setup folder.
  • Removed the obsolete “drum kit” option from the preset properties dialog.
  • Added new shortcut keys for sliding and zooming.
  • The popup help for the navigator and all scroll/zoom sliders are extended with descriptions of the new slide and zoom key shortcuts.
  • Modified the alignment of buttons in the scrollbar region, and changed “zoom segment” to “zoom selection”.
  • Changed the key shortcut for transposing notes in full octaves in the piano roll from Ctrl+Shift+Up/Down to Shift+Up/Down.
  • Changed the default note attack velocity to 100.
  • Added “auto-audition” option button to the file browser toolbar.
  • Added “include editor tool shortcuts in timeline context menus” option to preferences. The default is off.
  • Toned down the drop shadow effects in the editors.
  • Added “timeline grid” setting to the colors setup dialog. The grid color can also be adjusted with the right-click menu on the track inspector color picker.
  • Rewritten the Note Sequence chapter in the Podium guide.
  • Fix: The original timing data stored when using the Adjust Timing dialog was not saved correctly in the project file.

Note: The .pod file format has been updated in this release, so please make backups of your older projects before saving, if you intend to go back to previous Podium releases.

Podium is available to purchase for Windows PC, priced at $50 USD. A demo version can be downloaded from the Zynewave website.

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Zynewave updates Podium to v2.30

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Zynewave Podium

Zynewave has released version 2.30 of Podium, a professional music production software solution for Windows PC.

Relative snap and edit cursor snap options. Revised the mouse key modifiers and made Shift key work as snap override.

Changes in Podium v2.30

  • Added “snap to closest grid line”, “snap to previous grid line”, “snap relative to grid” and “snap to edit cursor” options to the editor snap menu. If more than one option is enabled, the snapped position will depend on which snap point is closest.
  • Modified the way that the Shift, Ctrl and Alt keys affect timeline drag actions. Pressing Shift after starting a timeline drag action will temporarily disable snapping. Pressing Alt after starting an event drag action will lock the dragged selection in either the horizontal or vertical position.
  • The Ctrl key is now used to copy-drag both phantom and unique events in the arrangement editor. Previously Alt was used to drag phantom copies. The Ctrl key can be tapped again during the drag operation to toggle between phantom or unique copy. The mouse pointer icon indicates the copy mode.
  • Pressing the Ctrl key when drawing a curve, or when dragging a single point event in the curve editor, will snap the point to the default parameter value.
  • Shift+clicking to start a marquee selection will reset existing selection first. Ctrl+clicking an empty area will start a marquee selection adding to the existing selection. This now also works with the pencil tool.
  • Modified the behaviour of the Q/W key shortcuts: Q/W moves the edit cursor in steps of the grid value. Shift+Q/W steps the edit cursor between marker events and active loop, punch and segment ranges. Ctrl+Q/W will set the edit cursor to the start or end of the current event selection.
  • Middle-click on the timeline will set the edit cursor snapped. Holding Shift while clicking will set the edit cursor without snapping.
  • Renamed the Quantize menu to “Grid & Snap” menu. Shortcut key is Alt+G (previously Alt+Q).
  • Changed the shortcut key for toggling snap mode to A (previously T).
  • Added Ctrl+E as shortcut for the “link edit cursor to play cursor” option.
  • Added Ctrl+R as shortcut for resetting current event/segment selection.
  • Added Ctrl+U as shortcut for converting a phantom sequence/sound event to a unique copy.
  • When a track event is selected, the Left Arrow key navigation will stop at the first event on the track, instead of selecting the track.
  • Removed the obsolete “editor snap” option from the preferences.
  • Assigning an audio-enabled device mapping to a non-audio track will automatically enable the fader and meter on the track.
  • Added an extra decimal digit to plugin parameter value readouts in the curve editor and the mixer parameter faders.
  • Fix: A child track that is tagged can now be collapsed if the group track is also included in the tag selection.
  • Fix: Unassigning an instrument from a track which had MIDI parameter tracks would cause a crash.
  • Updated the key shortcuts page in the guide.

Podium is available to purchase for Windows PC, priced at $50 USD. A demo version can be downloaded from the Zynewave website.

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Zynewave updates Podium to v2.29

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Zynewave Podium

Zynewave has released version 2.29 of Podium, a professional music production software solution for Windows PC.

Create new tracks by drag & drop of folders containing device mappings. Various improvements and bug fixes.

Changes in Podium v2.29

  • Folders containing multiple device mappings can be dragged onto the empty area below the last track header to create a group of child tracks for all mappings in the folder. This provides a quick way to set up all mappings for a multitimbral/multioutput plugin. It is also possible to drag the audio inputs folder to set up tracks for all audio inputs.
  • Replacing a plugin on a track will reassign MIDI parameters from the new plugin on existing parameter tracks. Any parameter tracks for the old plugin that does not have a matching parameter in the new plugin, will be unassigned.
  • Shift+clicking the parameter selector on a parameter track will replace the assigned parameter instead of creating a new parameter track.
  • Assigning an input or a device to a track will no longer reset the bypass button state.
  • The Alt+Click shortcut for resizing sequence events is removed. This means that Alt+Click now works for dragging phantom copies of sequence events.
  • Fix: Using the page Up/Down keys to navigate group tracks did not work correctly if tracks were hidden by a tag selection.
  • Fix: Fixed an issue with moving an editor profile to the right of the last profile on the editor profile toolbar.
  • Fix: Undoing the resize of a sequence event would not update the display if the resize occurred outside the zoom range.
  • Fix: Bouncing the master track will no longer activate solo on the master. This avoids the muting of tracks that are in the same group as automatic-solo tracks.
  • Fix: When using the “export to sound file” menu command, aborting the render will skip the display of the export option dialog.

Podium for Windows PC is available to purchase for $50 USD.

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Zynewave updates Podium to v2.28

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Zynewave Podium

Zynewave has released version 2.28 of Podium, a professional music production software solution for Windows.

Scanned plugins are stored in a global plugin database. Added device menu commands for updating projects with changes to audio/MIDI interfaces and plugin installations.

Changes in Podium v2.28

  • Scanned plugins are now stored in a global plugin database. This database makes it simpler to avoid rescanning of plugins when creating new projects and when updating the plugin setup in existing projects. The database file is stored as a standard Podium project file in the Podium setup folder.
  • Added a plugin option selector to the Create New Project page. The first time you create a new project you have the option to build the plugin database. In the following new projects you can select between: “load plugin database”, “rebuild plugin database” and “update plugin database”.
  • Added a new project option selector to the top of the Create New Project page. You can select between stereo, surround, or any of your saved project templates. This replaces the old “Project Templates/New Project” submenu.
  • Added the option to “open properties dialog for new arrangement” on the Create New Project page.
  • Added several new commands to the Devices menu on the project start page: “Update audio and MIDI mappings” will update the mappings found in the audio and MIDI folders to match any changes made in the interfaces setup dialog. “Load plugin database” will replace the current plugin setup in the project with the latest scanned plugin database. There are also commands for rebuilding and updating the plugin database. The “Load plugin setup from template” submenu can be used to load customized plugin setups from project templates. This menu replaces the old “Project/Project Templates/Load Device Setup” submenu.
  • When changing selections in the Interfaces dialog a messagebox will appear asking if you want to update the audio and MIDI mappings in the project.
  • Editing curve sequences for Zynewave plugin parameters now use the default value from the plugin editor, instead of always defaulting to zero.
  • Made minor changes and improvements to the import of MIDI files.
  • Uploaded a MIDI file tutorial video to the ZynewaveDotCom YouTube channel.

Podium for Windows PC is available to purchase for $50 USD.

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Zynewave updates Podium to v2.25

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Zynewave Podium

Zynewave has released version 2.25 of Podium, a professional music production software solution for Windows.

Podium is a modern production host that integrates audio recording, VST plugins and external MIDI and audio gear. An object based project structure allows for advanced media and device management.

Changes in Podium v2.25

  • Zoom snapshots can be created by clicking the new “+” button next to the arrangement navigator. A numbered snapshot button appears for each snapshot. Click a snapshot button to recall the snapshot. Ctrl+click to overwrite with the current zoom range. Alt+click to delete the snapshot. Right-click to show an options menu. Press Shift+1..9 to recall a snapshot.
  • Changed the way that track height zooming works. The track heights no longer stretches when the tracks region is resized. The vertical zoom slider is modified to be a percentage zoom from 0% to 400%. At 0% all track heights are minimized no matter how large the height is of each individual track. Track heights in projects saved with previous Podium versions will be reset to default, since track heights now are stored in a different format.
  • The zoom pane in the navigator can be dragged beyond the end of the arrangement.
  • Added “Load Color Setup” submenu and “Explore Setup Folder” command to the Setup menu.
  • The installer now creates a “Color Setups” subfolder in the main Podium setup folder. If you have saved your own color setup files you need to move the files into the “Color Setups” folder to make them appear in the “Load Color Setup” submenu.
  • The meter dB indicator lines inside the meters are colored with the text color.
  • Increased the maximum number of effects in a chain from 32 to 64.
  • Added a favorite folder “+” button to the file browser toolbar. Right-click a favorite button to show an options menu.
  • Moved the “follow focus track” and “follow control surface” options from the mixer menu to the editor View menu. This means that the options now apply to both the tracks region and the mixer.
  • Fix: Fixed a bug that potentially could cause a crash when closing Podium.
  • Fix: The recent projects information panel was blank due to a side-effect of an optimization in the 2.24 release.
  • Fix: Changing the play/power color in the color setup would not update the color of the play cursor head.
  • Fix: Clicking on the marker/tempo lane did not set key focus if the mixer had key focus.

Podium is available to purchase for Windows PC, priced at $50 USD (includes one year of free upgrades).

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Zynewave updates Podium to v2.24

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Zynewave Podium

Zynewave has released version 2.24 of Podium, a professional music production software solution for Windows.

Podium is a modern production host that integrates audio recording, VST plugins and external MIDI and audio gear. An object based project structure allows for advanced media and device management.

Changes in Podium v2.24

  • The inspector rack and the mixer strips can now show embedded plugin editors. The Zynewave plugins are shown with their custom editor and other plugins are shown with the Podium generic editor.
  • The parameters shown in the embedded generic editors can be configured separately for the rack and the mixer. Selecting the embedded parameters can be done either by right-clicking the plugin selector and using the “embedded editor parameters” submenu, or by ticking the checkboxes in the parameter list panel. The plugin selector menu also has shortcut commands for selecting and clearing all embedded parameters. The parameter selection applies globally to all instances of the plugin.
  • Added an “Editors” option button to the track inspector toolbar. When enabled, a show/hide button will appear next to each plugin selector in the rack.
  • A scrollbar will appear in the inspector rack panel if the rack is too large to fit in the panel. The panel can be resized by dragging the bottom of the panel.
  • Removed the redundant gain/pan/send controls as well as the embedded plugin editor from the track panel in the inspector.
  • The track panel in the inspector now always show information for the source track even if an effect track is selected.
  • Added a zoom slider to the mixer toolbar. This will zoom the widths of the strips from 100% to 200%. Removed the obsolete “minimum strip width” setting from the mixer properties.
  • Added “show embedded plugin editors” option to the mixer. Each plugin will show a generic editor, with the exception of the zPEQ plugin, which will show an EQ curve display with handles for dragging frequency and gain of the EQ bands.
  • Made several changes to the appearance and mouse actions of the zPEQ editor: The embedded rack and mixer editors will not show the parameter fields, but will instead show a popup with info for the band closest to the mouse cursor. The curve is drawn centered around 0dB. Moving the mouse in the display will highlight the nearest band handle. Double-click the background to enable the next unused band. Double-click a band handle to disable the band. Right-click to show a band type menu for the nearest band. Click to drag frequency and gain of the nearest band. Alt+Click to drag the Q value of the nearest band.
  • Modified the speaker configuration texts that are appended to the name of imported plugins.
  • Changed the layout in the Colors setup dialog and added new settings for button and slider knob colors.
  • The color picker in the track inspector can now be used to adjust Podium UI colors. Use the color picker right-click menu to select the UI color. The available options matches the colors found in the Colors setup dialog.
  • Fix: Dragging a plugin .dll file onto Podium will now place the device objects in the correct devices folder.
  • Fix: The “replace effect chain” clipboard command would not always set the correct fader position.
  • Fix: Fixed a crash bug with the “copy track timeline events to the template” option in the save track template dialog.
  • Fix: The background color in the timeline navigator would not update when the timeline fill color was changed in the color setup.
  • Fix: Fixed a problem with the mixer “expand all groups” option.
  • Fix: Dragging a multiple point selection in the curve editor did not work properly when all the points were aligned to the bottom.
  • Fix: Dragging in the project browser with the drag-reordering option enabled would not remove the list insert highlighting when dragging outside the browser.
  • Fix: Using the beat slice function on 8-bit samples would cause a crash.
  • Fix: The audio input auto-assign option would not work if the focus track was not gain enabled.

Podium for Windows PC is available to purchase for $50 USD (includes one year of free upgrades).

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