A Closer Look at Resonic Player

Resonic Player is a fast audio and music player, directory player, and sample browser, built around a big waveform view, a frequency analyzer, and a musical spectrum.

The Player version is free for non-commercial and non-profit use.

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 the Product Comparison Chart.

Planned features for future versions can be found here: Development Road Map

Main Window Explained

Player Features

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.

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.

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.

Full Drag & Drop

Drag & 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.

Fully Unicode

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

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.

When a playing file changes its information is automatically reloaded.

Professional Version

An advanced version of Resonic specifically aimed towards audio professionals and enthusiasts is also available.

Learn more: Exclusive Pro Features

Optimized for Windows 10

Resonic supports Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, and Vista, but is highly optimized for the latest version of the operating system.

Command-Line Support

Resonic supports several command-line options that make clever use of running instances.

Learn more: Command Line

Visualization Types


A visual representation of the audio content in various styles. Here's the three main styles (solid, gradient, outline):

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.

Other Features

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 10, 8.1, 8, and 7.

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 soft 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 and music file formats can be played back by Resonic:

Audio Format
Wave (Microsoft) (WAV).
Broadcast Wave (BWF, RF64)
.wav .wave .bwf
Audio Interchange File Format (Apple)
.aif .aiff .aifc
Free Lossless Audio Compressor
.flac .flc
Monkey's Audio
.ape .mac
Apple Lossless Audio Codec
.alac .mp4 .m4a
WavPack, including hybrid files and DSD-in-WV
True Audio
Direct Stream Digital (DSD64/128/256/512).
DSD Stream Files (Sony DSF).
DSD Interchange File Format (Philips DSDIFF)
.dsf .dff
MPEG-4 Part 14 (also audio in video files.)
Advanced Audio Coding (MPEG-4)
.m4a .mp4 .aac .alac
MPEG Audio Layer III
MPEG Audio Layer II
MPEG Audio Layer I
Musepack (MPEGplus)
.mpc .mp+
Ogg Vorbis
Opus Interactive Audio Codec
Ogg Speex Voice Codec
.spx .ogg
Windows Media Audio
Windows Media Audio Professional
Windows Media Audio Lossless
.wma .wmv
Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)
.3gp .3g2 .3gpp .3gp2
Adaptive Multi-Rate Audio Codec
.amr .3ga

Music Format
Standard MIDI File,
rendered through integrated software synthesizer using our ResonicGM sound bank
.mid .rmi .kar
ImpulseTracker Music Module
FastTracker 2 Music Module
ScreamTracker 3 Music Module
MultiTracker Music Module
ProTracker Standard Music Module

Playing Audio in Video Files

Resonic is not a video player, but can play multichannel audio tracks contained in these video formats:

  • Standard MPEG-4 video files (.mp4 .m4v)
  • Microsoft Media Video files (.wmv)
  • Microsoft Video files (.avi) (only a few codecs are supported)

Professional Features

Continue reading here: Exclusive Features in Resonic Pro