What's new in Resonic
The version history shows you what's been added, improved, or fixed in recent versions of Resonic.
A list of shortcut keys in Resonic is available here.
Released October 14, 2013
New button for Stop after current (red line symbol), which was originally part of the playback mode button (sequential, random). When enabled a vertical red line at the end of the waveform indicates that playback is about to stop the current file has finished. Additionally – on Windows 7 and 8 – a Stop after current indicator is shown as part of the Resonic icon in task bar when large task bar icons are enabled in Windows (which is the default).
New start-up resume feature, see Menu | Playback: Saves folder, file, and play position when you close Resonic, restores folder, file, and play position when you restart Resonic. Hold down the CTRL key while Resonic is starting up to prevent start-up resume.
New A-B repeat feature: During playback left-click the A-B button once to set the start position (A point), left-click it again to set the end position (B point), your selected A-B region is now highlighted and will loop indefinitely. To clear the A-B region left-click the button a third time, or right-click the button any time. The minimum length of an A-B region is one second. Hint: You can seek in the audio file before you set the end position.
New Maintain position feature ("->|->" button): Maintains playback position when switching from a playing file to another file, continuing at the exact position where the first file left off. Very useful for both audio professionals and occasional music listeners, this can for example be used to: Compare various versions of bounces, mixes, masters. Preview whole albums or sets of tracks with just a few clicks.
New waveform style selection (Menu | Visualization | Waveform style) with four preset styles to pick from: Classic – Resonic classic waveform (default) Interlace – simple version of the classic waveform Plain – single-color waveform with outline Outline – just the waveform outline; as minimal as it gets
Volume bar reworked from scratch: faster, more reliable
Volume bar now shows the current volume level in percent while in use. Caption is automatically hidden after a couple of seconds. Resonic Pro will show the level in decibels by default.
Volume bar now does smooth transitions when changing volume via left-click
New advanced option: Disable waveform cache. With the waveform cache disabled each time you play a file the waveform is rescanned and no cache data is written to the hard drive. Most users should leave this option untouched.
Header filename can now be right-clicked for a menu
New shortcut: ALT+WHEEL on file list play-scrolls through the files, which can be used to quickly preview lots of smaller audio files
New shortcut: CTRL+ALT+WHEEL on file list plays a random file
New shortcut: SHIFT+TAB switches between visualizations (just like F12)
New shortcut: CTRL+L toggles looping (just like NUM+/)
Information bar: Now shows whether files are variable bitrate (VBR)
Overall performance improvements
Core player completely rewritten for better stability and future functionality
Core event handling overhauled for better UI performance
Slightly improved tag scanning speed
Waveform: Improved digital silence detection and visualization
Waveform: Dotted lines are now hidden when it's of no use to show them, e.g. when channel heights too small
Muted state and mute volume are remembered and restored. To try this mute volume, close Resonic, restart it, and then un-mute.
Mute, un-mute, and dim now smoothly change volume
When muted the volume bar now visualizes its previous value, grayed out.
Time display reworked from scratch: faster, aligned
Improved browser refreshes for smoother updates
When you try to start playback without an active file (e.g. after start-up) Resonic now plays the first file in current folder.
Updated logo graphic in upper right corner
Slightly smoother header/label updates when switching files
Improved support for OGG OPUS tags
Improved tag parsing of corrupted FLAC files
Removed Alternative waveform option in favor or waveform styles
Fixed level meter flickering at low volumes
Important problem fixed where sometimes tagged files refused to play on the first attempt (red error message) when switching between files really fast
Fixed filename column splitter not being clickable (reported: Andreasvb)
Fixed duration label showing wrong popup menu
Fixed level meter having a top padding, which is reserved for peak value display and peak hold in Resonic Pro (reported: M. Lapierre)
Fixed ended files not restarting from beginning when clicked in file list
Fixed undesired fade-in dampening the first transient in audio files when clicking stop, then play. This is an important fix if you're working with loops (reported: M. Lapierre)
Fixed filenames passed via command-line being case-sensitive
Fixed occasional weird behavior when pressing ALT repeatedly (focus was lost)
Information bar: Now updated only when visible, which reduces overhead a little bit when files start to play
Icon for playback mode Random updated. Expect a proper Shuffle playback mode in a future release.
Fixed interface not updating properly when looping module music files
Fixed volume occasionally not going back up when playing from beginning with loop mode enabled (reported: M. Drabik)
Released March 12, 2013
Waveform painting now up to a 100 times faster, depending on the waveform size and requires much less processing power, and thus less battery life on laptops as well.
Window position can now be saved and restored. See Save window position option in Menu | Interface.
New default waveform, similar to original one. You can use Alternative waveform in Menu | Visualization to toggle the lower, shaded half of the waveform.
New option to disable the translucent color overlays shading the played area of the waveform in Menu | Visualization. Enabling this option is mainly a design choice, but it can also help reduce processor usage quite a bit, depending on the waveform size. If you're in for performance over visuals make sure you enable this. Note that in any case the overlay is only drawn up to a certain waveform height, and is not drawn for very short sound files.
Support for OGG OPUS tags
Improved file switching speed
Clearing the waveform cache now only takes a couple of moments. See Clear waveform cache in Menu | Advanced.
Waveform cache now uses a little less hard drive space. Since the cache format has changed Resonic will have to rescan your audio files once you start playing them.
New option use remaining time added to sleep timer (Menu | Sleep Timer). This will simply set and start the sleep timer using the time left in the currently playing track.
Several color theme changes once again
Fixed issues that caused severe visual glitches, effectively making the folder browser unusable and the interface non-responsive to most user input, especially when trying to change folders, until playback is stopped. This problem only occured with users on lower-spec systems.
Fixed occasional crash when trying to read tags from inaccessible files
This is an important hotfix release.
Thanks to S. Ward for his donation to support Resonic development!
Released March 8, 2013
Improved and much more reliable fade-outs, e.g. on stop
Play position indicator (vertical line) with sub-pixel accuracy
Clicking a playing file now restarts it from the beginning, like ENTER
New shortcut: CTRL+ALT+H toggles the header bar, i.e. everything above the waveform can now be hidden using CTRL+ALT+H and CTRL+ALT+I.
New shortcut: CTRL+ALT+F toggles the footer bar
Support for chained Opus files, and faster scanning
Support for SoundTracker MOD music files
Resonic now closes down faster and more reliably
Numerous smaller cosmetic changes
Extended keyboard navigation behavior (see remarks)
Faster toggling of elapsed/remaining time (left-click on time display)
Loop on/off shortcut changed to NUMPAD+/ to be DAW-compatible
Updated graphics for a couple of transport buttons
Bottom part of waveform now softer and blended
Played area now translucent
Loop button symbol replaced with something that better describes what Resonic is doing when this buttons is pressed: loop the current file, seamlessly, not repeat, as in repeat the playlist. An actual repeat playlist feature will follow in a future release with its own dedicated button and a different symbol.
Visualization painting performance more stable, CPU usage further reduced
Reworked analyzer painting
Completely reworked file list internals, paving the way for playlist and .cue support. Please send or post a bug report if something's off now!
Tray icon hint now shows the name of the playing file
Fixed an occasional bug when trying to close Resonic where sound went silent, CPU usage went up, interface didn't go away (reported: M. Tofall)
Fixed an important bug where Resonic sometimes took several seconds to stop playback, which could happen when pressing Stop, when stopping playback via right click, when closing down the application, or when trying to play another file via command-line in single-instance mode. This should also fix the main window sometimes disappearing when the application is minimized in tray and an audio file is passed via command-line.
Level meter no longer uses CPU time when hidden (CTRL+ALT+L)
Fixed played area flashing up for a brief moment at a wrong position after stopping playback and immediately seeking to a different position
Fixed occasional crash when seeking in damaged .ogg files
Windows XP: Some cosmetic fixes, hover colors and font corrected for both file list and browser
When the browser is focused UP and DOWN navigate folders, CTRL+UP and CTRL+DOWN navigate the file list, ENTER plays the selected folder.
When the file list is focused UP and DOWN navigate the file list, CTRL+UP and CTRL+DOWN navigate the browser, ENTER plays the selected file.
Reminder: TAB switches focus between browser and file list
Windows 7 and 8 might be throttling your processor and graphics performance when there is little work to do (like running Resonic) and your power plan is set to Balanced, which is the Windows-default. If you feel like Resonic's animations, including the analyzer, seem a little too jittery try setting the power plan to High performance, in Control Panel under Power Options, which might make a big difference in smoothness, depending on your system.
Released January 25, 2013
Fixed no files being listed on Windows XP and Windows Vista
Fixed application not starting on Windows XP
Fixed application not starting off network shares
This is a hotfix release
Released April 17, 2013
Waveform scanning now about twice as fast, also for multi-channel files
Meta data listing fixed and now also several times faster, especially for files with incomplete tags (thx Martin)
Introducing the notification and status bar, which replaces most of the annoying message popups. It sits at the bottom of the main window and shows various kinds of messages in the colors green, yellow, orange, and red.
Number of files in current folder and total size now shown in status bar
Customizable columns (right-click file list header). Column settings, sort column, and direction are all saved and restored.
Option to 'Avoid horizontal scrollbar, if possible' (right-click file list header), which is enabled by default. This feature will try to maximize the main column, and right-align all other columns so that the scrollbar is never shown. When the user resizes the main column (filename) tis option is automatically disabled, and a message is shown. If it's not possible to avoid the scrollbar a message is shown.
Sort column and direction remembered when changing folders
Sort column background now highlighted
It's now possible to sort by columns that contain information which is not immediately available, like tags or audio properties. Depending on the sort column Resonic might sort the file list again when all the required information is available.
It's now possible to sort by the little colored squares that describe the kind of content in the audio file, i.e. blue for lossless, orange for lossy, or green for music. Just click the column header to sort by the colored squares.
Full multi-monitor support for any combination of screen sizes and arrangements for saving and restoring window position and size. If the window is more than half of its width or height out of either side of the multi-monitor setup it is automatically recovered. With Save window position enabled you can now safely move Resonic, for example, to a second screen, maximize it there, and have it saved and restored there. Resonic can now also span multiple monitors.
Volume presets (right-click volume bar)
Save and restore user volume (right-click volume bar)
Slimmer transport bar and slightly smaller playback controls
Added Explore and select folder to context menu in browser (suggested: PHM)
File listing speed improved on Windows 8, especially for folders containing thousands of audio files
Mouse cursor can now automatically be hidden when on visualization (see Menu | Visualization).
You can now middle-click the waveform to pause/continue/start playback
New shortcut: NUMPAD+1 jumps to the beginning of the file
New shortcut: NUMPAD+2 jumps to the middle of the file
New in file list context menu: Refresh (F5) and Refresh browser (CTRL+F5)
New in browser context menu: Refresh browser (CTRL+F5)
Confirmation dialogs that are displayed when Resonic wants to open the web browser now also show the web address that is about to be opened
New icon in the lower left corner shows the state of the sidebar (left panel) and lets you toggle it when clicked (same as F4)
Overall performance improvements
Window restores slightly faster
Playback advances to next track slightly faster
Volume context menu (right-click volume bar) is now aligned
Analyzer accuracy (not resolution) doubled for sampling rates above 48 kHz, which takes a little more processing power.
Vertical analyzer scale slightly adjusted for musicality. Note that an accurate mode as well as vertical zoom is planned for all analyzers in Resonic Pro.
Improved stability of analyzer code
Numerous color theme and graphics adjustments
Left-click the filename in the header to browse to its folder
CTRL+click the filename in the header to select the file in Explorer
Build date in window title now only shown once on start-up, then hidden
Selected sleep timer method now shown in menu (Menu | Sleep Timer)
New behavior: The Play button now continues playback when paused, or restarts playback from the beginning when stopped or already playing. This also applies to the taskbar controls (reported: BTGbullseye)
Fixed Error state not always being shown for non-playable or broken files
Fixed occasional overflow bug when playing the first file with analyzer active
Corrected analyzer sometimes peaking way too high, a side effect of making low peaks more visible. This will further improve in updates.
Fixed analyzer being completely off for sample rates other than 44.1 kHz. Also the upper frequency was off, values shown were always representing 44.1 kHz, and the frequency display was cut off for rates lower than 44.1 kHz. All these issues were fixed. (reported: BTGbullseye)
Fixed wrong frequency values being shown with sample rates above 96 kHz when mouse-hovering the linear analyzer.
Fixed show/hide footer menu item not following state (reported: R. Johnson)
Fixed the NUMLOCK key accidently toggling mute. Note that mute can always be toggled with the PAUSE key.
Windows XP: Color fixes when running with classic design (reported: Andreasvb)
You can click and drag some of the free spaces in header bar, transport bar, and status bar to move the main window.
Web: Beta and pre-release testing forum up at forums.resonic.at. Apply only if you're serious.
Released March 9, 2013
Temporary fix release for some users having the browser glitch. To reduce chances of it occuring please reduce the visualization panel to its minimum size by grabbing on the lower edge and dragging it up. The next update will fix this issue.
Released February 20, 2013
Waveform peak resolution doubled. Hit the Rescan button to see the difference if files are already cached, or use Menu | Advanced | Clear waveform cache.
New favorite folders feature (bookmarks). To bookmark a folder right-click it and select Bookmark from the context menu. The folder will from now on appear under Bookmarks in the folder browser, once refreshed with CTRL+F5. Missing or offline folders (e.g. on external drives) will appear grayed.
New alternative waveform feature. See Menu | Visualization and check the option to activate a different version of the waveform. This feature might change in future versions.
Introducing a brand-new visualization type, Events, that might be of special interest to demo sceners and mod heads: It visualizes music events in module music (i.e. mod, xm, it, etc.) either by track, or by pitch (see Menu | Visualization). Play any of the supported music files, then either press F12, or use the menu, to change the visualization type to Events.
Playback progress in analyzer views (suggested: M. Lapierre)
New Stay on top option (see Menu | Interface), especially useful when files frequently need to be dragged and dropped onto Resonic from Windows Explorer, or from other applications (suggested: L. Castillo)
New Minimize to tray option (see Menu | Interface)
New shortcut: ALT+M minimizes to tray and shows icon in notification area
New shortcut: CTRL+ALT+I toggles the information bar
Cleaner, more focused interface
Played area is not shaded for files shorter than a second, which makes it visually less annoying for looped samples and one-shots
Slightly improved waveform painting / CPU usage
Much faster folder switching in many cases, especially with folders containing certain archive files, e.g. .zip (reported: Andreasvb)
Files can now be right-clicked (context menu) without auto-playing them
Folders can now be right-clicked (context menu) without auto-expanding them
Menu button text replaced with a generic menu symbol
Flat visualization button
Taskbar playback progress bar now also shown when Resonic is not active, in addition to being shown when it is minimized or invisible
Various theme color and graphics adjustments
Fixed certain visualization elements looking badly interpolated
Fixed taskbar progress bar sometimes showing wrong values when playback is paused
Fixed menu options not following playback mode (reported: Andreasvb)
Fixed slow application start-up in a certain case
Fixed error message not being shown for unsupported files
Fixed hover line painting on top of play time in waveform view
Fixed several smaller stability issues
Fixed Clear waveform cache, now also displays size in megabytes
Hopefully fixed some window activation issues that occured when using only a single instance of Resonic
Playback mode Shuffle renamed to Random, which better describes what Resonic is doing in this mode at the moment: randomize playback, not shuffle. Expect proper track shuffling in a future release.
Released January 24, 2013
Analyzer graphics now fully anti-aliased
Analyzer behavior and vertical scaling much more accurate
Experimental native support for the ShuttleXpress by Contour Design. For more information see www.resonic.at/devices/shuttlexpress
Natural sorting for files and folders: numbers in file and directory names are taken into account, and are now sorted exactly the same as in Windows Explorer (suggested: Billain)
New peak level meter (PPM) with completely reworked code. Peak range is -90 dB to 0 dB, fall-off response is dynamically adjusted.
Multiple files can now be selected without auto-starting playback: To do so simply click files while holding down CTRL or SHIFT, like you would normally do in Windows Explorer.
Splash screen can now be configured via Menu | Interface.
By default only one Resonic instance is now allowed at a time. Running instances are reused (suggested: Billain), all command line parameters and options are passed over. You can now also (safely) run multiple instances of Resonic, see Menu | Application.
Selection rectangles can now be drawn, and while you are holding down CTRL the selected files will never auto-play.
New shortcut: CTRL+ALT+L toggles level meter
New shortcut: F5 refreshes current file list
New shortcut: CTRL+F5 refreshes both browser and file list
New shortcut: CTRL+ENTER selects current file in Windows Explorer
New shortcut: SHIFT+CTRL+ENTER selects current file's folder in Windows Explorer
New shortcut: CTRL+A selects all files in current file list
New shortcut: CTRL+C copies selected files / the highlighted file to clipboard
New shortcut: CTRL+X cuts selected files / the highlighted file to clipboard
New shortcut: PAUSE (BREAK) key toggles mute
New shortcut: F4 toggles left panel, including browser
Added file list context menu (right click)
Drag and drop folders or files from Windows Explorer / other applications onto the folder browser to change folders in Resonic.
Drag and drop folders or files from Windows Explorer / other applications onto the file list to change folders in Resonic and start playing.
Analyzer resolution doubled for better overall accuracy and smoother animations
Improved frequency display in analyzer (thx Martin)
Linear analyzer now visualizes frequencies up to 16 kHz
Logarithmic analyzer now visualizes the full spectrum
Improved low volume resolution in waveform, i.e. you can now better distinguish between low volume peaks and digital silence in audio material.
Optimized file listing for folders with several thousand files in them
Playback starts faster now for most audio files
Bigger visualization button (right below the level meter)
For your convenience SPACE now also restarts the current file, if stopped
CTRL+DEL now also recycles multiple selected files in one go, or the highlighted file
New shortcuts are available when the folder browser is focused: The UP and DOWN keys select a folder, the RIGHT and LEFT keys expand or collapse a folder, and the ENTER key plays the first file in the folder.
Interface color theme and graphics updates
Couple more sleep timer presets, and restructured menu. See Menu | Sleep Timer.
Fixed level meter never reaching full 0 dB (reported: B. Hudák)
Fixed files not always being sorted correctly when changing folders
Fixed some non-critical graphics memory leaks
Fixed waveform being cut off at very low peak values, which was mostly visible with samples and speech recordings
Numerous bug fixes in database code, adding extra stability
Fixed start-up error (Abnormal program termination) when trying to run three or more instances of Resonic
Advanced options for prescans and peak cache are now saved and restored properly
To select multiple, individual files hold CTRL and click.
To select a range of files hold SHIFT and click.
A note on 'Menu | Advanced | Use accurate pre-scans': Accurate pre-scans scan audio files more accurately, which impacts how fast files start playing. In almost all cases there is a noticeable delay with this option enabled. Depending on the length of the audio file in question this can take up quite a bit, e.g. with single-file mixes that last an hour or more. If you like it the proper Resonic way, meaning your audio files start playing almost instantly, make sure that this option is disabled, which is the default. However, if you're having problems with certain compressed variable-bitrate (VBR) files showing waveform peaks that either seem misplaced, or completely off, enabling accurate pre-scans will most likely fix the problem.
Known issue: File list does not auto-update after cutting files. You have to manually refresh it by pressing F5.