A Closer Look at Resonic Player

Meet the Waveform.

The Resonic user interface is built around a big waveform seek bar for a visual representation of the audio content.
A custom browser and file list provides quick access to your folders and files.

You can jump to any position in your audio or music files with a click into the waveform.

Look here if you're interested in advanced features of the Pro version.

Find out how the Pro features compare to Player features in this Product Comparison Chart.

Main Window Explained.

Ridiculously Fast

Resonic makes extensive use of multi-core processing. Every important part is optimized for speed, which results in extremely fast browsing, seeking, and playback.


A couple of files, a few megabytes, low memory footprint, and tidy use of disk space.

No bloated runtime packages are required.

DLL files are not loaded on startup, but whenever they are required, which tailors memory usage to your behavior.

Pure Sound

In order to achieve the purest sound quality, there is absolutely nothing between decoded audio and sound output that might degrade quality, which is essential for both sound and sample previewing and audiophile audio playback.

Resonic's audio engine runs on 32-bit floating point data.

Clean Interface

A major design goal is to always keep the graphical user interface clutter-free and user-friendly, without nested menus and dialogs, and without dumbing down the more powerful features.

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Single-Click Interface

A single Left-Click navigates folders, plays files, seeks in audio, changes volume. No need to double-click just for the sake of it, but optionally available.

No-Click Scrolling

Move the mouse over controls and use the wheel to scroll lists, or to change volume. No need to click them first.

Embrace your Keyboard

Once you know the basic shortcuts you'll see how fast and comfortable keyboard-supported operation of Resonic really is.

Resonic Pro

An advanced version of Resonic specifically aimed towards audio professionals is in the making.

For more information see „A first look at Resonic Pro.

Optimized for Windows 10

Resonic supports Windows 10, 8, 8.1, and 7 and is optimized to run smoothly on the latest versions of the operating systems.

Play your folders instantly

Resonic plays all your music and sound files directly out of existing folder structures.

While library support will be part of Resonic you are never forced to use any kind of library system. Since music libraries usually rely on tags they can easily end up being a confusing mess unless these tags are maintained properly.

Many users do actually prefer to organize their music into folder structures, most commonly on external drives.

Browse your samples

For audio professionals, it is vital to have a powerful preview tool at hand. Sample CD/DVD structures can be tedious to browse through. Even more so are sample libraries and collections as they tend to become huge fast.

Resonic has its origins in this particular field of work and will certainly become an invaluable asset when it comes to your everyday work.

Also, see Resonic Pro.

Drag and Drop

Drag and drop the playing file into Windows Explorer, or into most other applications that accept audio files,
which includes popular DAWs, audio editors, or video editing software.

Advanced File Access

Resonic handles your files in a way that enables you to edit them with external programs, or even delete them in certain cases while they are playing.


Resonic has full Unicode support for tags, files, folders, playlists, cue sheets, and interface translations, to make sure international letters are displayed properly.

Fully Portable

Resonic was developed with full portability in mind:

Put the portable version on a thumb drive or USB disk, take it with you, and have it remember separate settings for the computers it is run on — no configuration mix-ups.


A visual representation of the audio content in various styles. Here's the solid style:

Frequency Analyzer

The real-time analyzers in Resonic are optimized for a very musical display of the playing audio material. And despite the fact that the free version's analyzers are very basic, they are always nice to look at.

The logarithmic analyzer represents mainly low and mid frequencies. Watch the bass wobble.

The linear analyzer represents mainly the higher frequencies.

Musical Spectrum

On the musical spectrum, one bar roughly represents one key on the piano.

Event View

The event view visualizes note events grouped by track or by pitch and is currently available for module music (e.g. .xm).

Playback Modes

Play your files sequentially, randomly, stop after the current file, or loop the current file.

A-B Repeat

Mark and repeat parts of tracks.

Great for musicians, music students, vocalists, e.g. when learning certain parts of a piece.

Sleep Timer

Close the player, put your computer to sleep (standby) or into hibernation, log you off, lock your workstation, or stop playback after a certain time has passed.

Smooth Fade-outs

Smoothly fade out and stop tracks.

Taskbar Integration

Quick controls and a playback progress bar in the taskbar on Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Looping Short Files

Resonic is capable of looping extremely short files, down to single-cycle waveforms, seamlessly.

Maintaining Playback Position

Continue playing another file at the current file's playback position.

Great for quickly previewing a lot of music, or for comparing various versions of mixes and masters.

Playing MIDI Files

Resonic supports playback of Standard MIDI files (.mid .rmi, .kar) and comes with the built-in ResonicGM sound bank and an integrated MIDI synth which provides good quality in a lightweight package and is optimized for quick auditioning.

External Soundfonts (.sf2) can be used, with live switching during playback.

Supported File Formats

These audio, video, and music formats can be played back by Resonic:


WAV — Wave (Microsoft), BWF, RF64
AIFF, AIFC — Audio Interchange File Format (Apple)
FLAC — Free Lossless Audio Compressor
APE — Monkey's Audio
ALAC — Apple Lossless Audio Codec
WV — WavPack (also DSD-in-WV)
TTA — True Audio
DSF, DFF — Direct Stream Digital (DSD64/128/256/512)

MP3, MP2, MP1 — MPEG-1 Audio Layer 1,2,3
M4A, MP4, AAC — Advanced Audio Coding (MPEG-4)
MPC, MP+ — Musepack (MPEGplus)
OGG — Ogg Vorbis
OPUS — Ogg Opus
SPX — Ogg Speex
WMA, WMA Pro, WMA Lossless — Windows Media Audio

Audio in Video Files

MP4, WMV, AVI (certain codecs)


MID, RMI, KAR — Standard MIDI File
IT — ImpulseTracker
XM — FastTracker 2
S3M — ScreamTracker 3
MTM — MultiTracker
MOD — ProTracker

Professional Features

Continue reading here: Pro Version Features