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Version history for SynthFont

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Changes for v1.632 - v1.712

  • Bug fixes:
  • - In case a percussion kit was not found in the SoundFont or Overrides, a melodic preset was assigned instead
  • - Fixed some other bugs reported by crash reports.
  • What was new in version 1.710?
  • Bug fixes:
  • - Since version 1.700 SynthFont would display the nag screen every time you loaded a midi file (if running as unregistered user)
  • - Since version 1.700 SynthFont would not apply SoundFont Overrides (nor read them from the configuration file)
  • - Since version 1.701 you could not erase data by drawing a line with the eraser in the Continuous Controller window at the bottom of the Pianoroll
  • - Since a few versions back, if you assigned a VSTFx bus to a track, the bus was not shown in the tracks list as assigned to all other tracks with the same MIDI channel number (as it actually was in the playback engine)
  • - Since a few versions back you could not create a new empty midi file
  • - During playback, if a track was muted when a note on that track was active then the corresponding note-off event would never be processed and the note would hold until playback was stopped
  • - After externally changing a midi file SynthFont asks to reload the file. If the arrangement contains a track with an audio (wav) file, SynthFont would start recording and overwrite the audio file during playback.
  • - Fixed some other bugs reported by crash reports.
  • Other items:
  • - In the Plug & Play tab: Selecting a track (without holding Shift or Ctrl) and hitting a checkbox on another non-selected track would mute both the selected track and the track the checkbox is on, which might not be what you wanted or expected. Now you must hold Shift or Ctrl down to change multiple tracks.
  • - When removing "Surplus" events in Midi events tab you can press the new “All” button in the "Remember to save the midi file" Message Box to stop showing this box. The number of events removed will always be shown in the status bar.
  • What was new in version 1.701?
  • Bug fixes:
  • - In version 1.700 you might get stuck in playlist mode and the only way to get out of it would be to restart SynthFont
  • - In loop mode, some notes would play with a longer decay time after the first round
  • - Large MIDI files could take a very long time to load
  • - Since a few versions back you could not draw a curve in the Continuous Controller window at the bottom of the Pianoroll
  • - Less questions asked to interrupt playback while in playlist mode
  • - At startup, SynthFont 1.700 would without reason try to access your floppy disk drives (A:/ and B:/) if they were found
  • - Fixed some other bugs reported by crash reports.
  • What was new in version 1.700?
  • Bug fixes:
  • - GigaSampler files (“*.GIG”) having several dimensions were not always correctly interpreted. SynthFont now also displays the dimensions used for each instrument split in the Splits table (see side note)
  • - The CPU monitor routine did not work reliably on Windows 98.
  • - Drawing Pitch Wheel controllers in Pianoroll did result in incorrect data
  • - Fixed some other Pitch Wheel related problems
  • - If no default SoundFont is found, and no arrangement exists, then the “GM.DLS” file found in the Windows distribution will be used
  • - User banks were not used with arrangements since version 1.634 - restored
  • - Live Input mode has been improved; you can better change the arrangement (some annoying bugs also removed)
  • - Saving a midi file using a new name could lead to problems, now fixed
  • - Some “New MIDI track” bugs fixed
  • - Add the default Grand Piano to tracks with no MIDI program defined
  • - Fixed a problem related to editing a SoundFont (link to instrument was lost)
  • - Fixed a bug related to dropping a VST effect from a bus
  • - Since version 1.552, some MIDI CC events were not sent to VST instruments or to MIDI out ports while playing
  • - Fixed some bugs related to the new low pass filter introduced in version 1.640. For example: the default modulator velocity-to-threshold now works again (i.e. the threshold level decreases with decreasing velocity)
  • - In 1.640 the Modulation envelope level might become negative at key up resulting in odd effects, e.g. sudden pitch change
  • - Playback to a MIDI out port could have a latency of up to a few hundred milliseconds, depending on the hardware - improved
  • - Fixed a problem related to restoring saved settings for VST effects
  • User interface:
  • - In “Files / Folders” the playlist control has changed. The radio-button selection “What to play” does not contain the choice “file currently open in SynthFont” any more as this is now ALWAYS the default for the three “Play…” buttons in the main toolbar. You can no longer play a playlist by using any of these three “Play…” buttons, but you must use the two “Output” buttons on this page instead.
  • New features - For registered users only:
  • - In the Mixer drop down menu there is a new function: “Apply to the MIDI file” which lets you move SOME mixer values into corresponding MIDI data, as far as possible. Use with care.
  • - You can enable some of the new GigaSampler dimensions
  • - The “Leardini system” - a tool for blind people to learn to play an instrument.
  • What was new in version 1.640?
  • Bug fixes:
  • - Sometimes when you opened a MIDI file A and saved an Arrangement for the previous MIDI file B, the Arrangement would point to A instead of B
  • - Pianoroll playback was not in synch when using loops
  • - SynthFont could not read MIDI files containing a sequence definition chunk
  • - A few other minor bugs also cleared
  • Other:
  • - Changed the Low Pass Filter algorithm. The new one is faster and closer to Creative lab? SoundBlaster implementation. This filter has only one slope, so the slope parameter has been removed
  • - The shape of the Modulation Envelope Attack phase has changed: instead of linear it is now concave with a very steep initial rise. This is close to the SoundBlaster implementation. Also some other Modulation Envelope features have been tuned
  • - The SoundFont history list now only displays the SoundFont file name and not the whole path

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