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    Changes Found in Version 4

    Below is a listing of some of the more significant changes found in Song Surgeon Version 4. We have indicated whether these changes are found in the Standard or Pro version or both. Please note that Version 4 is available for Windows only for the moment. We expect to incorporate these features into the Mac version when it is released.

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    1. Recording - SS4 now has a recording capability built into the program. There were several reasons for adding this. One was to allow users to record instruction or verbal notes, and insert thern into an audio practice file. A second reason was to enable users to record the audio being played thru their computer sound card. This makes it possible to record audio that cannot be downloaded via the sniffer module. The last reason was to make it possible for users to record input frorn other devices. We know that some users have vinyl records or cassette tapes that they might like to convert and store as digital files. V4's recording capability allows them to send these signals from their playback device into Song Surgeon and SS will record it. This will be a PRO only feature.

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    2. 31 Band EQ - The implementation of this 31 band EQ will allow users much more precision for the enhancement or diminishment of certain sounds or instruments. Accompanying this new EOwill bea series of presets for approximately 15 different instruments. There will be two presets for each instrument,one to enhance and the other to diminish the sound of a particular instrument. This EQ is a must for musical transcribers. Even users that do not transcribe will find this new feature very helpful in allow them to better focus in on specific instruments within the mix. This will be a PRO only feature.


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    3. Multiple Loops - V4 will extend this creation of multiple loops feature from Pro to Standard. This will be a new feature for Standard but will continue to also be found in Pro.

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    4. Alternative Tunings - In 1936 the Arnerican Standards Association recommended that the A above middle C be tuned to 440 Hz. This standard was taken up by the International Organization for Standardization in 1955. Although not universally accepted, since then it has served as the audio frequency reference for the calibration of acoustic equipment and the tuning of pianos, violins, and other musical instruments. There are, however, several alternative tunings still in use or of interest to people. V4 features the following alternative tunings which can be selected 442, 432 (Verdi tuning) and 444. This will be a PRO only feature.


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    5. Limiter - V4 contains a built-in limiter that prevents highly compressed files from clipping on playback or after key/tempo change. This new feature is found in both Standard and Pro

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    6. Speed Trainer - V4 contains a new speed trainer functionality that allows users to set a beginning speed, an ending speed, and an incremental increase %. Once set, Song Surgeon will play back the looping area and gradually increase (or decrease) the playback speed according to the parameters selected. This is a new feature found in both the Standard and Pro versions.

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    7. Progress Indicator - V4 allows users to grab the white progress indicator in the wav form field with the mouse and slide it. This is a modification found in both Standard and Pro.

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    8. Markers - V4 has been modified so that on mouse over, markers display a temporary white vertical line that extend down through the wav data to allow more precise positioning. The ability to edit the font size of these markers was also added. This is a modification found in both Standard and Pro.

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    9. Loop Points - V4 allows users to set a beginning loop within .01 of a second of an ending looping point; previously the minimum distance between these was .1 sec. This allows users to have the end of one looping area and the beginning of another in virtually the same location. This is a modification found in both Standard and Pro.

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    10. Zooming - Several changes have been made to the zooming functionality. V4 allows users to zoom in to a smaller time increment (.5 seconds) found in V3. It also allows zooming out to 200% of the entire song. Lastly changes were made to remove and minimize the repositioning of the wave form data within the screen when zooming in and out. This is a modification found in both Standard and Pro.

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    11. Open More SS Windows - Additional menu options have been provided to open more than 1 wave SS window at a time. This is a modification found in both Standard and Pro.

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    12. Close command - A close command has been added to allow users to close the currently open song or audio file without completely closing the entire program. This is a modification found in both Standard and Pro.

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    13. Export Count - This new feature allows users to create, on export, multiple copies of the item being exported and place them back to back. For example, if you have a practice riff that you have slowed to 50%, and you export it, you will create a new file that will play through once at 50%. This new feature enables you to specify the number of iterations of this file that you would like to place in the exported file. If you choose 5 in the above example, this 50% riff would place 5 copies back-to-back, so on playback the file would play as if it were looping 5 times. This is a modification found in both Standard and Pro.

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    14. Portable Project File - V4 has the ability to export a file as a Song Surgeon Portable Project file. This file is transferable between machine on which Song Surgeon is installed and can be opened and modified. This will be a PRO only feature.

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    15. Loop Bypass - This new feature allows users, with the click of a mouse, to turn the loop controls on or off. When off, the open file ignores the loops that have been created and place back as they don't exist. This is a modification found in both Standard and Pro.

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    16. Undo/Redo - We have added zooming in and out as a parameter that can be accessed and controlled by the undo/redo buttons. This is a modification found in both Standard and Pro.

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    17. Options Button - Additional controls have been added to this options button that give you more global control over how Song Surgeon operates. This is a modification found in both Standard and Pro.

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    18. Export - The Vocal reduction and EQ settings applied to a file/project will now also be applied to a new file created on Export. This is a feature found in both Pro and Standard.

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    19. Editing - We have made multiple changes to the editing features found in Song Surgeon. Here is a brief list: a) It is no longer necessary to open 2 files to cut and paste. V4 allows you to paste directly into an open blank SS window. b)A feature that enables songs/segments with different frequencies and or bit depths to be pasted into the same file has been added. c) When part of a file is cut or deleted, the progress indicator is automatically repositioned at exactly the location of where this cut was made. The precise location of this cut point enables easy further adjustments of the beginning cut point if it was not accurately positioned the first time. The ability to mix down, create stereo from a mono track and to select data from either channel independently are also new features. This will be a PRO only feature.

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    20. Batch File Conversion - Batch conversion allows you to select any number of audio files on your computer and then to specify an output format for converting. The converter will convert all specified files, whether 5 or 500, to this new format automatically with the click of a button.This will be a PRO only feature.

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    21. Formant Preservation - Also known as the munchkin effect, Version 4 will allow users to apply this preservation to files when changing keys, thus stopping the chipmunk or munchkin effect that occurs when key changes are applied to vocals. This will be a PRO only feature.

     

     

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