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is a MIDI bridge, organizer and wrapper between different drum sampler
formats. It is the first step towards EZplayer, which
will be unveiled and released later this year and will boast much
extended functionality for performers as well as composers. EZplayer
will be available through all Toontrack Music distributors. Exact
release dates and pricing are as yet
- Showcases the EZ MIDI
handling as used in EZdrummer.
- Organizes and converts
MIDI files to the mapping of all the major acoustic
drum samplers available on the market.
- Ensures current and future
dfh Superior users can access MIDI content and
- Gives users the capability
to add their own MIDI into the EZplayer browser.
- Is compatible with the
MIDI libraries shipping with EZdrummer's EZXs
- Supports drag and drop
capabilities into all major hosts.
- Gives the user the ability
to import and use MIDI in EZplayer Free from any of
the drum sampler formats supported by the software.
- Contains a number of free
In January 2009,
The Pleasurize Music Foundation launched a wide-ranging
initiative for ending the "Loudness War" being waged by
successive music releases. This initiative aims to
introduce a dynamic standard through several phases.
Range Meter makes it possible to provide
releases with a whole-number dynamic value to be printed
on the recording medium as a logo, giving consumers an
immediate means of knowing the dynamic quality of a
An online database
is planned for furnishing information on music already
released with the standard. In this way, conditions have
been met for the creation of a single standard for audio
recorded media – a step which was taken by the film
industry over thirty years ago. Music with small dynamic
range has a low value, for example DR4 (Dynamic Range =
4dB). Music with a large dynamic range has a higher DR
value, for example DR14 or more. In this case, music can
breathe and loud events are actually louder.
conceptual father Friedemann
Tischmeyer on the functions and
aims of the Foundation:
that music – as an artistic means of expression – should
transmit emotions. Nowadays, this is possible only to a
limited degree because dynamics — a fundamental part of
expressivity — are often missing. On a subconscious
level, emotions are expressed by musicians emphasized
with a feeling of urgency or insistence. Modern
mainstream music sounds like a flatly pressed board
being rammed through loudspeakers and uses the greatest
possible amount of intrusiveness just as advertising
does – as a means of constantly trying to get the
listener's attention. In this way, a fundamental aspect
of music is lost. Countless consumers who are old enough
to remember more dynamic music are not even aware of
what is wrong with releases nowadays. The experience of
buying music has become frustrating. Who wants to spend
money for music that just beats your ears? This process
of over-compressing music has been occurring in such a
gradual, insidious way that many industry professionals
are unable to draw clear boundaries between music that
is over-compressed and music that is not. One thing is
for sure: when we turn music off because it is getting
on our nerves, then it is probably because of a lack of
dynamics. Unfortunately, strongly compressed music is
also an unpleasant way of generating aggression. We who
create music have a certain responsibility with regards
to the rest of society."
Visualiser is an application for viewing and
analysing the contents of music audio files. 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.
As well as a
number of features designed to make exploring audio data
as revealing as possible, Sonic Visualiser also has
powerful annotation capabilities to help describe what
you find, and the ability to run automated annotation
and analysis plugins.
sophisticated spectrogram views; multi-resolution
waveform and data displays; manual annotation of time
points and curves; measurement capabilities from
spectrogram and spectrum; playback at any speed; looping
and playback of discontiguous selections; ability to
apply standard audio effects and compare the results
with their inputs; and support for onset detection, beat
tracking, structural segmentation, key estimation and
many other automated feature extraction algorithms via
Vamp audio analysis plugins.
contains features for the following:
- Load audio files in WAV,
Ogg and MP3 formats, and view their waveforms.
- Look at audio
visualisations such as spectrogram views, with
interactive adjustment of display parameters.
- Annotate audio data by
adding labelled time points and defining segments,
point values and curves.
- Overlay annotations on top
of one another with aligned scales, and overlay
annotations on top of waveform or spectrogram views.
- View the same data at
multiple time resolutions simultaneously (for
close-up and overview).
- Run feature-extraction
plugins to calculate annotations automatically,
using algorithms such as beat trackers, pitch
detectors and so on.
- Import annotation layers
from various text file formats.
- Import note data from MIDI
files, view it alongside other frequency scales, and
play it with the original audio.
- Play back the audio plus
synthesised annotations, taking care to synchronise
playback with display.
- Select areas of interest,
optionally snapping to nearby feature locations, and
audition individual and comparative selections in
- Time-stretch playback,
slowing right down or speeding up to a tiny fraction
or huge multiple of the original speed while
retaining a synchronised display.
- Export audio regions and
annotation layers to external files.
Visualiser cannot support VST plugins directly because
Steinberg's VST license is incompatible with Sonic
Visualiser's GPL license. Windows and OS/X users can get
limited support using the Audacity VST
Linux users can try dssi-vst."
MultiInspectorFree is a 31 band spectral
analyzer designed to be used in a multitrack environment
and provides an easy way for simultaneous spectral
analysis of several audio signals.
The first instance
of MultiInspectorFree behaves like a standard 31 band
spectral analyzer. Additional instances automatically
send their spectral analysis result to all other
instances of MultiInspectorFree. Every editor window of
MultiInspectorFree shows the same content. Therefore,
after opening all necessary plug-in instances it is
sufficient to leave just one editor window open. The
width and the color of the level bars are adjusted
according to the current number of instances.
MultiInspectorFree incorporates a standard third octave
frequency analyzer. The centre frequencies of the bands
are based on the ISO 266:1997 standard (20 Hz to 20
kHz). Pink noise will appear flat in the frequency
supports up to 4 instances at a sample rate of 44.1 kHz.