Updates 16th December 2019

Monday 16th December 2019
By Brecht De Man

An overview of all the fixes and improvements we've added this week

Over the past few weeks, our main focus has been to deliver a powerful, stable Digital Audio Workstation packing everything you’d expect from a professional-grade music production tool. But we always intended to go far beyond that.

The shape of things to come

This update pierces the veil of what’s to come by showing off our basic instrument recognition feature: drag new audio to the ‘drop zone’ below the Timeline tracks, and the instrument icon will update. At this early stage we recognise just a handful of instrument types, and you will wake up our server every time which takes about a minute. But if you import several files in quick succession, you’ll find the process is much faster from the second one onwards.

Another reveal is the visualisation of ‘onsets’, by which we mean the start times of musical notes or drum hits. This is a crucial building block for future functionality, but at the moment it will already allow you to snap to these onsets when extending or trimming regions. Do you want to remove or preserve a particular note? Done in a jiffy!

Quality Control

Going back to “everything you’d expect”, we’re sure that pristine audio quality is at the top of your list. It certainly features very highly on ours! We addressed some problems that may have affected audio recording quality, including level variations and spectral defects. The start and stop times of recording have also become more exact, so you won’t lose a split second of your music. After rigorous testing, we are now confident the captured audio is stored and played back perfectly.

What You Hear Is What You Get (WYHIWYG)

An upgrade to our bounce system means that the file you export will sound exactly as you made it. In particular, fade-in and fade-out curves on regions were previously ignored, region trimming caused some timing discrepancies, and the renewed MIDI engine is now playing nice with the renderer. We don’t want this to be close, we want it identical. And now it is!

Timeline zoom

Zooming in and out on the Timeline is now centred around the playhead, so that it stays at a fixed position when possible. Because you may not always want to reach for the zoom slider (top left), you can now also press the “Alt” key and scroll horizontally (or press “Alt” + “Shift” and scroll vertically).

Similarly, you can now adjust all track heights by pressing the “Alt” key while scrolling vertically. Until now it was only possible to change all tracks to a preset height, or to select one or more tracks and set them to a preset height from the right-click context menu.

By the way, you can change individual track heights by dragging the bottom of the track holder: as of today this also works for the bottom-most track of the session.

Once more, with feeling

The undo and redo functions received a thorough makeover, and we hope you’ll find they keep good track of what you do and offer extensive session history. Did you know that you can view this history in the User Space, when you open a session’s “Properties”?

The little things in life

These are some of the smaller things that we've fixed along the way as well:

  • The volume slider at the top right stopped working at some point, but it’s back in action. Very useful for quick changes to the master level.

  • Deleting tracks has never been easier: the bin icon (hiding in the ‘…’ on each track holder) will delete the track, or multiple tracks if it’s part of a selection. You can also right-click the track(s) and click “Delete” in the context menu

  • When you add a bus in the Timeline view, buses are revealed so you see what you are doing. Buses are consistently visible in other views.

  • More consistent styling means that you can now select and deselect the Master bus and Click Track in all views.

  • MIDI notes are visualised on the Timeline regions again, so that you don’t have to open the MIDI editor to ‘see’ the music.

  • More streamlined and accurate communication with the back end should mean even fewer pop-up warnings for you.

  • Parameter automation is more accurate and has improved interaction and graphics.

  • Various bug fixes will stop weird behaviour or sessions stalling or ‘crashing’, for instance when moving tracks in and out of groups.

  • Mozilla Firefox remains the suggested browser to trial our application, but we are tackling browser compatibility issues one at a time.

Have a great week, everyone!

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