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11     <h1>LinuxSampler 2.0.0</h1>
12     <p>
13 schoenebeck 2819 LinuxSampler 2.0.0 and friends were released on July 17th 2015.
14 schoenebeck 2811 Unbelievable six years have passed since the last release of LinuxSampler.
15     A load of things have changed in silence, which I want to summarize for
16     you in this article.
17     </p>
18    
19     <h3>New Sampler Engines</h3>
20     <p>
21     The sampler's code base has seen substantial changes during that long
22     period. The sampler engine code base has been unified to a set of common,
23     abstract base classes which cleared the way for two new sampler engines:
24     <ol>
25     <li>The <b>SFZ2</b> format engine (.sfz).</li>
26     <li>The <b>SoundFont 2</b> format engine (.sf2).</li>
27     </ol>
28     So LinuxSampler is not limited to just the GigaStudio/Gigasampler format
29     (.gig) anymore.
30     </p>
31    
32     <h3>Real-Time Instrument Scripts</h3>
33     <p>
34     Another major new feature is the brand new support for so called
35     <i>Real-Time Instrument Scripts</i>, which are small programs that may be
36     bundled with sound files to extend the sampler with custom behavior for
37     individual sounds. You may know such instrument scripts from commercial
38     software samplers. At the moment this scripting feature is yet limited to
39     the Giga format engine. <a href="instrument_scripts.html">Find out more ...</a>
40     </p>
41 schoenebeck 2813 <img src="../../gigedit/scripts/gigedit_script_editor.png" caption="NKSP Instrument Script Editor of Gigedit">
42 schoenebeck 2811
43     <h3>LSCP Shell</h3>
44     <p>
45     Also noteworthy is the new command line application <i>lscp</i>, which is
46     a text based shell for controlling the sampler from the command line,
47     providing colored output, type completion, help text while typing LSCP
48     commands and other convenient features for terminal enthusiasts who want
49     to use the sampler without GUI frontend applications.
50 schoenebeck 2813 <a href="lscp_shell.html">Find out more ...</a>
51 schoenebeck 2811 </p>
52     <img src="../../lscp_shell/lscp_shell.png" caption="LSCP Shell">
53    
54     <h3>Internal Effects &amp; Extensions to LSCP</h3>
55     <p>
56     You may now also load external effects directly into the sampler. The
57     <a href="http://www.linuxsampler.org/api/draft-linuxsampler-protocol.html">LSCP network protocol</a>
58     (<a href="http://www.linuxsampler.org/api/lscp-1.7.html">v1.7</a>) has
59 schoenebeck 2818 been extended to
60     <a href="http://www.linuxsampler.org/api/draft-linuxsampler-protocol.html#effects">manage such effects</a>
61     respectively. Effect chains may be
62 schoenebeck 2811 built, and the individual sampler parts may be routed to an individual
63     position of effect chains. At this point only LADSPA plugins are supported
64     yet. However the sampler's effect subsystem uses an abstract interface,
65     which allows easy integration of other effect systems. Also new with
66     latest LSCP version is the ability to trigger MIDI CCs by LSCP command.
67     </p>
68    
69     <h3>New GigaStudio format features</h3>
70     <p>
71 schoenebeck 2814 <img src="gigedit_imidi_rules.png">
72 schoenebeck 2811 You may have heard that the GigaStudio software has seen its last version
73     with GigaStudio 4. Tascam officially discontinued this product, its
74     intellectual property has been sold several times among companies and
75     there is currently no way to buy a new copy of GigaStudio anymore. However
76     the GigaStudio format is still under active development with LinuxSampler.
77     We not only added support for the latest features introduced with
78     GigaStudio 4: iMIDI rules for example which allow to trigger notes by
79     MIDI CC and allow i.e. defining a set of legato samples; for the first
80     time ever we also added our own extensions to the Giga format: one of it
81     is the previously mentioned new instrument scripting feature and a more
82     minor extension is support for various other MIDI CCs which were never
83     supported by GigaStudio before. So you can now use any MIDI CC for EG1
84     controller, EG2 controller and attenuation controller.
85     </p>
86    
87     <h3>DAW Plugin Enhancements</h3>
88     <p>
89     The sampler's host plugins have also seen some enhancements: the LV2
90     plugin now stores and restores the sampler's overall state with the song
91     of your DAW application, the LV2 and AudioUnit plugin's outputs
92     were increased from 2 audio channels to 16 upon request by some users and
93 schoenebeck 2814 the VST plugin now uses the sampler's
94     <a href="http://www.linuxsampler.org/api/draft-linuxsampler-protocol.html#MIDI%20Instrument%20Mapping">MIDI instrument mapping system</a>
95     to show a list of available sounds to allow the user to switch among them.
96 schoenebeck 2811 And last but not least the VST plugin may also be used on Mac now.
97     </p>
98    
99     <h2>Gigedit 1.0.0</h2>
100     <p>
101 schoenebeck 2814 <img src="gigedit_format_extension_warnings.png">
102 schoenebeck 2811 Also <i>Gigedit</i>, our instrument editor for the GigaStudio/Gigasampler
103     format, had been enhanced quite a lot during the last six years. As
104     mentioned above, we introduced our own extensions to the Giga format.
105     Obviously all those extensions will not work with any GigaStudio version,
106     they only work with a recent version of Gigedit and LinuxSampler. Gigedit
107     will inform you whenever you are using such kind of custom Giga format
108     extension, so that you are always aware in case your changes to sounds are
109     not cross/backward compatible with the GigaStudio software. You may also
110     disable those warnings on the settings menu.
111     </p>
112    
113     <h3>Multi-Selection of Dimension Zones</h3>
114     <p>
115 schoenebeck 2813 Until now you were only able to edit either exactly
116     one dimension region or all dimension regions simultaneously with gigedit. With this
117 schoenebeck 2811 release you may now hold the Ctrl button and select a specific set of
118     dimension region zones in the dimension region selector area (on the very
119     bottom of the Gigedit window) with your mouse. All synthesis parameters you
120     then change, will all be applied to that precise set of dimension region
121     zones.
122     </p>
123 schoenebeck 2813 <img src="gigedit_multi_zone_selection.png" caption="Multi-zone selection with Ctrl key">
124 schoenebeck 2811
125     <h3>Improvements to Dimension Management</h3>
126     <p>
127 schoenebeck 2815 <img src="gigedit_change_dim_type.png">
128 schoenebeck 2814 Also managing dimensions has been improved: previously to change the
129 schoenebeck 2815 type of a dimension you had to delete and recreate the
130 schoenebeck 2811 dimension. Which was not just inconvenient, but you also had to redefine
131     your synthesis parameters from scratch. Now you can just open the
132 schoenebeck 2815 dimension manager dialog, double click on the displayed dimension type
133     and select another type for the respective dimension.
134 schoenebeck 2811 </p>
135 schoenebeck 2815 <p>
136     <img src="gigedit_manage_dims_all_regions.png">
137     Another great enhancement of the dimension manager is the ability to alter
138     the dimensions of all regions of an instrument at once. Previously you had
139     to do that for each region on the keyboard separately. For example to
140     delete a velocity split dimension, you had to double click on a region,
141     delete the velocity dimension with the dimension manager dialog, then
142     double click on the next region, delete the velocity dimension there as
143     well, and so on. Now you can just click on the "All Regions" check box of
144     the dimension manager, select the velocity dimension, click on "Remove"
145     and that's it. Also notice the different display style in this
146     "All Regions" mode, like shown on the screen shot left: Since you are
147     viewing the dimension properties of not just one region, but of all
148     regions of your instrument, we thought we also need to show you in case
149     individual regions differ regarding their precise dimension properties.
150     For example on the screen shot on the left you see that some regions have
151     a velocity dimension with 2 zones, whereas other regions have a velocity
152     dimension with 4 zones instead. Also there seem to be some regions which
153     have a modulation wheel dimension and other regions which do not have a
154     modulation wheel dimension at all. Same applies to the Layer dimension:
155     in this particular example not all regions do have a Layer dimension.
156     However all regions seem to have a Sample Channel (Stereo) dimension,
157     and all regions even have the same amount of zones for that particular dimension.
158     </p>
159 schoenebeck 2811
160     <h3>Monitoring Sample References</h3>
161     <p>
162 schoenebeck 2814 <img src="gigedit_sample_references.png">
163 schoenebeck 2811 When working on complex Giga sounds you certainly noticed that one could
164     easily get lost about which samples are exactly used by which
165     instrument or even whether a sample is actually used at all by any
166     instrument or just left orphaned and wasting disk space. This was also due
167     to the fact that the Giga format does not require unique names for
168     samples. We have worked on resolving this usability issue. In the samples
169     list view you can now read the amount of times a sample is referenced by
170     instruments of your .gig file. If a sample is not used at all, then it
171     will be shown in striking red color in the sample list view. You may also
172     right click on a sample and select "Show references...", a new
173     window appears on your screen which will show you where exactly that
174     particular sample is used by, that is by which instruments and by which
175     regions of those instruments. Also the other way around has been
176     addressed: when you now edit the synthesis parameters of a particular
177     dimension region, you may now click on the new "&lt;- Select Sample"
178     button and Gigedit automatically selects and displays the respective sample
179 schoenebeck 2814 in the samples list view, which you then might rename to some more
180 schoenebeck 2811 appropriate sample name, or you might check by which other instrument(s)
181 schoenebeck 2814 that sample is used by, etc. You want to get rid of all unused samples?
182     Simply right click on the samples list view and select
183     "Remove unused samples", then select "Save" from the menu and all orphaned
184     samples are gone.
185 schoenebeck 2811 </p>
186 schoenebeck 2813 <img src="gigedit_go_to_sample.png" caption="Find and select used sample">
187 schoenebeck 2811
188     <h3>Silent Cases</h3>
189     <p>
190 schoenebeck 2814 <img src="gigedit_null_sample.png">
191 schoenebeck 2811 You may now also remove the current sample reference from individual
192     dimension regions (assigning a so called "NULL" sample instead) by clicking on
193 schoenebeck 2814 the new "X" button next to the sample reference field on the "Sample" tab
194 schoenebeck 2811 of a dimension region; this allows you to define "silent cases", that
195     is a case where no sample should be played at all, for example this is
196     often used for very low velocity ranges of i.e. between 0 and 6.
197     </p>
198    
199     <h3>Reordering Instruments</h3>
200     <p>
201 schoenebeck 2814 <img src="gigedit_reorder_instruments.png">
202 schoenebeck 2811 If you are working on .gig files with a large amount of Instruments, then
203     you might also be glad to know that you can finally also re-order the
204     instruments of a file by simply dragging the instruments around in the
205     instruments list view.
206     </p>
207    
208     <h3>Combine Tool</h3>
209     <p>
210 schoenebeck 2814 <img src="gigedit_combine_tool.png">
211 schoenebeck 2811 Another handy new feature for sound designers is the new "Combine" tool,
212     which you can reach from the main menu. It allows you to select two ore
213     more instruments (by holding down the Ctrl key while selecting with mouse
214 schoenebeck 2814 left click) from your currently open Giga file and combine those selected
215 schoenebeck 2811 instruments to a new instrument. This way you may for example create
216     stunning layered sounds, or you may create velocity splits, crossfade
217     sounds by MIDI controller and much more, all with just a few clicks. This
218     may sound like a trivial task, but if you have worked on this before, you
219     certainly noticed that this was often a very time consuming and error
220     prone task before, especially with complex individual sounds which had
221     custom region ranges, custom velocity splits and much more exotic stuff
222     to take care of. The combine tool handles all such cases for you
223     automatically.
224     </p>
225    
226     <h3>Improved Interaction with LinuxSampler</h3>
227     <p>
228     Last but not least, the interaction of Gigedit with LinuxSampler (in so
229     called "live mode") had been improved: When you click on the "Edit"
230     button of a channel strip in QSampler or Fantasia, Gigedit will be
231     launched with the respective instrument automatically being selected.
232     Vice versa you may now also just select another instrument with Gigedit's
233     instrument list view and LinuxSampler will automatically load and play
234     that instrument on the respective sampler part for you. So no more need
235     to switch between the Gigedit window and QSampler/Fantasia window all the
236 schoenebeck 2814 time while working on your sounds with Gigedit.
237 schoenebeck 2811 </p>
238    
239     <h2>QSampler 0.3.0</h2>
240     <p>
241 schoenebeck 2815 <img src="qsampler_sf2_selection.png">
242 schoenebeck 2811 As new sampler formats made it into LinuxSampler, this was also addressed
243     with QSampler. The sound selection dialog now also enumerates the sounds
244     of a selected SoundFont file. And to ease switching between sounds, you
245     may now click on the name of the current instrument of a channel strip,
246     a list will popup that alows you to quickly switch to another sound,
247     without having to open the channel strip's detailed part dialog.
248     </p>
249 schoenebeck 2816 <img src="qsampler_quick_switch.png" caption="Drop down list for fast switching between instruments">
250 schoenebeck 2811
251     <h3>Suppressing Error Popups</h3>
252     <p>
253     In the past, error message dialogs frequently popped up on the screen.
254     Most of them were just telling unuseful messages, even if the overall
255     operation with the sampler was working correctly. There is now an "ignore"
256     check box attached to those error message dialogs, which allow you to
257     suppress most of the annoying error messages.
258     </p>
259    
260     <h3>Improved Mac Support</h3>
261     <p>
262     Recently we created a convenient installer for Mac OS X, which
263     conveniently installs all our software components on your Mac. So that
264     includes the stand-alone version of the LinuxSampler backend, VST and
265     AudioUnit plugin version of the sampler, "Fantasia" and "QSampler" frontends,
266     our instrument editor "Gigedit", the LSCP shell and various other command
267     line tools. You may also choose only some of them to be installed.
268     </p>
269 schoenebeck 2816 <img src="http://download.linuxsampler.org/pix/screenshots/mac_installer_1.jpg">
270 schoenebeck 2811 <p>
271     Using the sampler has also been improved on Mac. Before you first had to
272     launch the LinuxSampler backend separately and then launch QSampler.
273     Sometimes the sampler backend even had to be killed explicitly. Now
274     you can just click on the QSampler icon and it will automatically spawn
275     the sampler backend for you and shows its output on QSampler's integrated
276     terminal section. When you quit QSampler, it will also stop the sampler backend
277     for you automatically (you may tell QSampler to keep the sampler running in the background).
278     </p>
279    
280     <h2>libgig 4.0.0</h2>
281     <p>
282     Our fundamental file access C++ library
283     <a href="http://download.linuxsampler.org/doc/libgig/api/">libgig</a>
284     is now more than just a supporter of the GigaStudio/Gigasampler file
285     format. New file formats have been added and are now bundled with libgig:
286     <ol>
287     <li>
288     <a href="http://download.linuxsampler.org/doc/libgig/api/namespaceKorg.html">
289     Classes for KORG's sample based instrument files
290     </a> (.KSF, .KMP).
291     </li>
292     <li>
293     <a href="http://download.linuxsampler.org/doc/libgig/api/namespacesf2.html">
294     Classes for SoundFont v2 files
295     </a> (.sf2).
296     </li>
297     <li>
298     <a href="http://download.linuxsampler.org/doc/libgig/api/classResource.html">
299     Classes for AKAI sampler data.
300     </a>
301     </li>
302     </ol>
303 schoenebeck 2819 Please note that there is currently no support for KORG's .PCG file format
304     yet. That's because this file format changes a lot and is not only
305     dependent to the precise KORG keyboard model, but also to the precise OS
306     version on the same model. And since basic conversion can also be done by
307     just accessing the .KSF and .KMP files (sample data, loop informations),
308     the current C++ classes should be sufficient for many tasks. Adding
309     support for KORG's .PCG files is not planned at the moment.
310     </p>
311     <p>
312     Besides those major changes, a load of convenient methods have been added to
313     the existing libgig classes to reduce the overall effort working with all
314     those file formats with software applications based on libgig.
315     </p>
316     <p>
317 schoenebeck 2811 Various command line tools have been added to libgig, which allow to
318     dump, correct, extract and convert sounds between those various file formats.
319     Refer to the individual <i>man pages</i> for details about how to use
320     those new command line tools. As you can see, the ground had been prepared
321     for further new sampler engines with LinuxSampler to come.
322     </p>
323    
324     </body>
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