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* preparations for release 1.0.0

1 Version 1.0.0 (30 July 2009)
3 This is the first release which allows the sampler to be used as audio
4 host plugin, namely supporting the standards VST, AU, DSSI and LV2. The
5 sampler's limits for max. voices & disk streams can now be altered at
6 runtime by frontends, no need to recompile the sampler anymore. The Mac
7 version now also supports CoreAudio as audio driver. The Windows version
8 finally supports the sampler's instruments DB feature as well, however
9 expect it still to be unstable at this point. Along to the already
10 existing JACK audio driver, Jack MIDI support has been added in this
11 release. The sampler allows frontends now basic MIDI control, that is to
12 monitor incoming MIDI data on MIDI input devices and sampler channels and
13 to send note-on and note-off MIDI events to sampler channels, which
14 allows frontends to provide a virtual MIDI keyboard to the user. Besides
15 these major changes there were countless bugfixes and optimizations.
17 Version 0.5.1 (6 December 2007)
19 This is the first release for the Windows platform, providing a MME MIDI
20 input driver and ASIO audio output driver. Note that the instruments DB
21 feature is not yet available for Windows systems, since the respective
22 code base has yet to be ported. Needless to say that there still might be
23 plenty of issues on MS systems. Beside that support for Windows, this is
24 merely a bugfix release (i.e. fixing one serious crash) with only minor
25 new features.
27 Version 0.5.0 (15 October 2007)
29 This release comes with a bunch of important new features. We implemented
30 a very powerful and easy MIDI program change mapping, which not only
31 allows you to define which instrument to load on which MIDI program
32 change number (and bank select number), it also allows further parameters
33 like whether the instrument shall be pre-cached or loaded only when needed
34 (and likewise freed when not needed). You can create arbitrary amount of
35 effect sends for each sampler channel, each having an arbitrary MIDI
36 controller for controlling the effect send level in realtime and can
37 flexible be routed to some of the sampler's audio output channel, i.e.
38 to a dedicated one for a certain effect type. The new instruments
39 database allows you to keep track even of largest instrument library
40 collections. You can order them in categories and search by various
41 criteria. The sampler now allows third party applications to offer so
42 called 'instrument editor plugins' which the sampler can use to spawn
43 an appropriate instrument editor application for a selected instrument
44 and for allowing to edit instruments with such an external editor
45 application on-the-fly, that is all modifications made with the editor
46 will immediately be audible with the sampler. No need to reload instrument
47 files anymore. Checkout our brand new instrument editor application called
48 'gigedit' which you can use for this feature. Loading huge instruments may
49 take a long time, that's why the sampler now allows to play an instrument
50 while loading. That way you can i.e. play and hold notes on the keyboard
51 while loading a new instrument on the same sampler channel at the same
52 time. Beside these new features, you can find the common huge list of bug
53 fixes and quality improvements.
55 Version 0.4.0 (24 November 2006)
57 Finally a new release after a long development cycle. The sampler now has
58 a completely revised synthesis core. Note that due to this, most of the
59 assembly code became incompatible and is thus deactivated at compile
60 time. So don't bother trying to activate the assembly option, it won't
61 compile! That's not an issue though, because even without assembly, the
62 new synthesis core is faster than the old one with assembly. The
63 Gigasampler engine now has real support for 24 bit samples, that is they
64 won't be truncated anymore, and finally supports all filter types of the
65 Gigasampler format. A lot of effort has been put into making all filters
66 under all parameters being as accurate as possible, compared to the
67 original Gigasampler ones. Analogue to hardware mixers, sampler channels
68 can now be muted and solo-ed and there is support for GM portamento and
69 GM mono mode (single note per channel) as well as support for sostenuto
70 pedal. Beside LSCP, third-party applications can now also link against
71 liblinuxsampler directly (using the sampler's C++ API). Beside these,
72 there have been of course a huge bunch of fixes and quality improvements.
74 Version 0.3.3 (15 July 2005)
76 Another bug fix release. It solves one usability issue regarding small
77 fragments / high sampling rates of audio drivers, fixes some compile time
78 errors with GCC 4.0 and fixes a minor efficiency bug.
80 Version 0.3.2 (24 June 2005)
82 This is more or less just a bug fix release. Beside a bunch of little
83 fixes it solves a serious crash in conjunction with voice stealing and
84 slightly improves Gigasampler format playback accuracy.

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