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Beast 0.15.0-alpha:

Note: This is the master branch of Beast, which contains alpha version software. Beware of file format instabilities and report any bugs you find in it.

Beast 0.14.0: (2019-07-02)

System Requirements

  • Linux - Ubuntu 18.04 or Fedora-27 are needed to run the Beast AppImage.

User Interface EBEAST

  • Added a preferences dialog.
  • Properly support Open and Save of .bse files.
  • Completed the Javascript IPC binding to support notifications and Anys.
  • Added new styling for browser scrollbars.

Build Improvements

  • Rewrote the entire build system to purely use non-recursive GNU Make and to get rid of autoconf, automake, libtool and related auto* tools.
  • Support make help to outline build rules and build variables.
  • Introduce make default MODE=release to configure for for production builds.
  • Build artefacts are now generated under ./out/, adjustable via make default builddir=...
  • Merged all unit tests into a single binary which can run fully parallelized.
  • Removed checks for pre-2009 POSIX systems and other legacy configurations.
  • Replaced lengthy checks with __has_include and compiler builtins.
  • Support builds from Github source code archives.
  • Streamlined release process and version extraction.

Size Reductions

  • Rewrote the Aida IPC layer to make it leaner by using C++ lambdas.
  • Removed a lot of outdated code, which remains an ongoing effort.

Upgrades

  • Upgrade to node-gyp-3.8 and node-sass-4.11
  • Update to vue-2.6
  • Upgrade to browserify-16 and babelify-10
  • Upgrade electron to 2.0.18.
  • Upgrade to fluidsynth 2.0.4. #101
  • Fixed pandoc usage to support pandoc-2.
  • Updated the C++ dependency to C++17.
  • The build now makes use of g++-7 and clang++-6 optimization facilities.

Regression Fixes

  • Fixed deadlock in DavOrgan during unref.

Other Changes

  • Moved to XDG compliant config files in ~/.config/beast/.
  • Integrated all Beast documentation artefacts into a single manual.
  • Support latex formula rendering and proper fonts for the manual.

Beast 0.13.0: (2019-02-08)

System Requirements

  • Linux - Ubuntu 18.04 or Fedora-27 are needed to run the Beast AppImage.

New Features

  • We now build AppImage binaries for beast and ebeast.
  • Added relocation support, resources are found relative to libbse.so now.

Upgrades

  • Updated the electron-packager to 12.2.0. #87

Improvements

  • Support translation of the new electron based UI.
  • Ported song propeties to new IDL system. #64 #65 #68 #69 #81
  • Completed the clang++ porting so everything now builds with clang.
  • Merged libsfi and libbse, reduces compilation time and installed size.
  • We now test Fedora builds automatically.
  • Updated German translation.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed crash during undo. #77
  • Fixed IDL string parsing.
  • Fixed the playback state indicator.
  • Fixed several translation generation bugs.
  • Fixed missing UI updates for some properties.
  • Fixed memory allocation/release in several places.
  • Fixed several issues pointed out by newly automated linters.
  • Lots of build system and CI/CD fixes.

Beast 0.12.0: (2018-08-20)

System Requirements

  • Linux - Ubuntu 16.10 is needed to install the .deb package

New Features

  • New user interface: EBEAST, an electron based DAW GUI
  • Added ANSI colors to logging output for non-dumb terminals.
  • Added shared memory allocator with external bookkeeping (without boundary tags). Communicate dB meter levels and other values via shared memory between DSP engine and UI code.

User Interface EBEAST

  • Development of a new user interface based on Electronjs has started and the first (pre-alpha) bits are shipped and installed with this release under $prefix/beast-0-12/bin/ebeast.
  • Added About, Tracks with dB meters, Parts with thumbnails.
  • Added Play Controls, Piano Roll, color picker palette.

Improvements

  • Merged and enhanced the new Beast IDL layer AIDA.
  • Introduced asynchronous Events to replace signals.
  • Removed all C procedures, migrated method calls to Aida IDL.
  • Integrated required utilities from Rapicorn.
  • Renamed Demos/, Effects/, etc resource directories.
  • Continued migration of C structs to C++ classes.
  • Adjusted remote reference GC for Beast work loads.
  • Clarified licensing, Beast is released under LGPL-2.1+.
  • Added various documentation improvements.
  • Added internal integrity tests.
  • Display summary message at the end of configure. #33
  • Adjusted versioning and provide wip/latest-stable for rolling updates.

Size Reductions

  • Removed CPython runtime dependency.
  • Removed large chunks of old and outdated code.
  • Removed Rapicorn as build and runtime dependency.
  • Reduced libbse.so size down to 14% by splitting debug syms.

Upgrades

  • Upgrade to Electron-1.8, Vue-2.5, Chrome-59.0, V8-5.9, Node-8.2.
  • Adapted code to depend on and make use of C++14.
  • Fixed code to compile cleanly with g++-7.2.

Regression Fixes

  • Fixed auto_activate networks not working. #38
  • Unhardcode launcher icon file type. #57
  • Fixed activity led staying dark. #62

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed memory corruption crash. #25 [stw]
  • Fixed fluid synth test on Bionic. #42 [stw]
  • Fixed crash when adding mixer bus during playback. [stw]
  • Work around apport reporting assertion tests.
  • Handle UTF-8 mixed with Latin-1 gracefully.

Beast 0.11.0: (2017-06-27)

  • Added Soundfont support so Beast can play .sf2 files. [stw]
  • Execute the DSP engine multi threaded with nproc many threads.
  • The startup time could be reduced significantly.
  • Build all plugins with SIMD support always enabled.
  • Started alternate HTML/JS GUI based on electron.
  • Improved IDL representation of old procedure types.
  • Removed guile dependency.
  • Removed extern "C" left overs.
  • Fixed NULL string crashes. [stw]
  • Fixed signedness bug in FFT windowing. [stw]
  • Fixed namespace issues in public BSE headers. [stw]
  • Fixed small translation issues (GB#626760). [stw]
  • Fixed Public Domain licensing of some demos. [stw]
  • Fixed uses of assert in library code.
  • Improved generated documentation.
  • Sources were ported to Kubuntu-16-04. [stw]
  • Manual pages are updated and are converted to Markdown.
  • Improvded diagnostics, build and audio testing toolchains.
  • Fixed MIDI voice allocations taht could lead to premature voice shortages.
  • Majorly improved Docker build setup.
  • Require srcdir=destdir upon distcheck.
  • Tarball/git dependencies now include Rapicorn 17.0.0.
  • The Beast project now provides Debian binary packages at: https://testbit.eu/pub/dists/beast/debs

Beast 0.10.0: (2016-04-07)

  • Memory leak and stability fixes.
  • Removal of deprecated Glib/Gtk+ functions.
  • A new binary bsetool subsumes several old utilities.
  • Removal of unused utilities and several places with dead code.
  • Several classes are now (fully) ported to new AIDA IDL: SNet Track TrackPart Bus SampleFileInfo Project MusicalTuning NoteDescription Icon
  • More porting work to use Rapicorn C++11 utilities.
  • Fixes for g++-4.9 which has become a hard dependency.
  • Support and use the TAP protocol for unit test evaluation.
  • New versioning: Releases increase MAJOR for major API changes.
  • New versioning: Releases increase MINOR in case of any ABI breaks.
  • New versioning: Releases increase MICRO for backwards compatibility.
  • Now libbse supports parallel installation of runtime library packages.
  • Now various program and module installation paths include MAJOR.
  • Fix build issues with external libbse plugins.
  • Fix LADSPAv1 plugin registration failing to detect some plugins.
  • Provide C++11 API for undo/redo functions.
  • Add pybse API wrapper that allows Python to import Bse.
  • Start a Python interpreter from Beast.
  • Split up Beast main() methods to run event loop from Python.
  • Port libbse to use C++11 scoped enums.

Beast 0.9.2: (2015-09-16)

  • Workarounds were added for broken GLib compatibility.
  • Files for the BSE runtime are now compressed and stored via rapidres(1).
  • A good chunk of the Beast & Bse API has been migrated to use Rapicorn's AIDA IDL.
  • The complexity of the BSE startup process could be reduced.
  • A workaround for crashes in vorbisfile-1.3.4 and earlier was added.
  • Shutdown crashes were fixed by stopping BSE threads via atexit.
  • A new bse tool with commands check-load and render2wav replaces SCM scripts.
  • Lots of fixes and optimizations for parallel builds were applied.
  • All files are now installed under versioned directories, e.g. /usr/share/beast-0.9/
  • Execute audio tests with make check for development versions.

Beast 0.9.0: (2014-10-28)

  • Fixed missing includes. [stw]
  • Updates to build with Rapicorn1410.
  • Work around GClosure API breakages in GLib.
  • Work around GLib API deprecations.
  • Remove old autotools and libtool workarounds.
  • Updates to compile with g++-4.9.1.
  • Fix issues on 32bit platforms.
  • Optimize ELF relocations.
  • Dependency update to Python 2.7.5.
  • Updates to the manual pages.
  • Improved utilization of compiler vectorizations.

Beast 0.8.2: (2013-07-06)

  • Introduced Rapicorn1307 dependency.
  • Establish Aida remote interfacing between Beast and BSE.
  • Removed birnet/ sublibrary entirely, replaced with Rapicorn uses.
  • Added support for loading and saving of FLAC encoded samples. [stw]
  • Ported code to use Rapicorn's type safe cxxprintf instead of vprintf.
  • Lots of documentation improvements and fixes.
  • Automatization of documentation builds documentation uploads.
  • Beast now ships complete documentation builds in tarballs.

Beast 0.8.0: (2013-03-25)

  • Added use of the Rapicorn library, require version 13.0.0.
  • Adapted IDL types to other projects.
  • Adapted code to make use of C++11 and STL threads.
  • Various performance improvements through EventFD, Spinlocks, lambdas, etc.
  • Major documentation improvements, see: http://dev.testbit.eu/beast/latest/
  • Fixed printf format-security issues (GB#665097). [Alessio Treglia]
  • Lots of code cleanups, licensing cleanups.

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.7.8:

  • Wave oscillator fixes for 96k samples (GB#612281). [stw]
  • Performance improvements of the scheme shell. [stw]
  • Allow Alt+MouseButton1 to drag synthesis modules.
  • Merged plugin libraries, improved build times.
  • Use the ALSA default PCM driver by default.
  • Adapt code to allow fftw drop ins. [stw]
  • Migrated code base to compile as C++11.
  • Lots of simplifications and cleanups.
  • Extended MIDI device listing.
  • Improved Beast startup time.

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.7.6:

  • Packaging fixups, download and integrate documentation from beast wiki.
  • Work around regressions introduced in recent GLib and GTK+ versions.
  • Various bug and leak fixups.
  • Moved lots of code to C++.
  • Build documentation with doxygen.
  • Code fixups for g++-4.4, g++-4.7.
  • Improved DavOrgan frequency handling.

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.7.4:

  • Renamed the project to Better Audio System / Better Sound Engine
  • Moved project website to: http://beast.testbit.eu/
  • Various build system fixes [stw, timj]
  • License fixups for some scripts [stw]
  • Fixed subnormal tests on AMD64 if SSE unit is in DAZ mode [stw]
  • Replaced slow resampler checks with a much faster resampling test [stw]
  • Performance improvements for various tests [stw]
  • GLib 2.28 unit test porting [stw]
  • Speed improvements for record field name [stw]
  • Fixed XRUNs in ALSA driver on 64bit systems [timj]
  • Added beast.doap [Jonh Wendell]
  • PO handling improvements.
  • Updated German translation.
  • Updated Norwegian bokmål translation [Kjartan Maraas]
  • Added e-Telugu translation [Veeven]

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.7.2:

  • Moved Beast/BSE to GNU LGPL, use AS-IS license for examples
  • Module changes and additions:
    • ArtsCompressor - Relicensed to LGPL with permission from Matthias Kretz
    • BseContribSampleAndHold - Relicensed to LGPL with permission from Artem Popov
    • DavXTalStrings - Use deterministic random numbers for unit tests
    • BseNoise - Improved random number generator
  • Switched to autogenerated ChangeLogs
  • Error bell can be muted in beast preferences dialog
  • Added multisample creation/editing command line tool: bsewavetool
  • Support adjustable volume, pitching and drum envelopes in .bsewave files
  • Added Retro Acoustic drum kit [Tim, Stefan]
  • New loadable Instruments/Effects:
    • BQS Bass Drum E8012 [Tim, Stefan]
    • BQS Slow Hum [Stefan, William DeVore]
    • FSM Fresh Water Bass instrument [Krzysztof Foltman]
    • FSM Growl Bass instrument [Krzysztof Foltman]
    • FSM Synth String Sweep [Krzysztof Foltman]
  • Added support for loading 32bit and 24bit PCM-format WAV files
  • Added support for gcc-4.4 and automake-1.10
  • Added support for guile-1.8, guile-1.6 remains as minimum requirement
  • Various fixes, improvements and much improved test coverage.
  • Bug fixes: GB#452604, GB#468229, GB#344388, GB#451086, GB#450724, GB#454121, GB#491552, GB#450490, GB#441936, GB#336766, GB#433431, GB#474332, GB#474244, GB#456879, GB#456408, GB#424897 [Tim Janik, Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Migrated translation support to use awk, sed and po/Makefile.am.
  • Updated German translation [Mario Blättermann]
  • Updated Italien translation [Michele Petrecca]
  • Updated Occitan translation [Yannig Marchegay]
  • Updated Brazilian Portugues translation [Leonardo Ferreira Fontenelle]
  • Updated British English translation [David Lodge]
  • Updated Spanish translation [Jorge Gonzalez]
  • Updated Slovenian translation [Andrej Znidarsic]
  • Updated Danish translation [Joe Hansen]
  • Updated French translation [Bruno Brouard]
  • Added Norwegian bokmal translation [Kjartan Maraas]
  • Added Ukrainian translation [Maxim V. Dziumanenko]

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.7.1:

  • Fixed SUID security vulnerability by validating success of seteuid/setreuid, related security advisories, describing the vulnerability:
  • Added factor 2 SSE-optimized up/down resampler [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Added support for varying musical tuning systems: [Hanno Behrens, Tim Janik]
    • 12-TET, 7-TET, 5-TET,
    • Diatonic-Scale, Indian-Scale, Pythagorean-Tuning,
    • Pentatonic-5-Limit, Pentatonic-Blues, Pentatonic-Gogo,
    • Quarter-Comma-Meantone, Silbermann-Sorge,
    • Werckmeister-3, Werckmeister-4, Werckmeister-5, Werckmeister-6, Kirnberger-3 and Young
  • Module changes and additions:
    • Quantizer - Simulate 1-32 Bit quantization effects
    • DavXTalStrings - Added semitone transposition function [Stefan Westerfeld]
    • DavOrgan - Added semitone transposition function [Stefan Westerfeld]
    • Summation - Added difference channel [Tim Janik, Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Fixed exported symbol set to simplify external plugin building
  • Improved startup time by linking multiple plugins into a single library
  • Fixed LADSPA plugin loading to bind symbols only locally
  • Reduced debugging spew for LADSPA plugins
  • Fixed WWW browser launching to cope with launcher script errors
  • Improved performance of floating point block operations
  • Extended test suite and overall test coverage
  • Applied miscellaneous accelerator and cosmetic fixes
  • Improved documentation and label strings
  • Fixed library dependencies in bse.pc
  • Fixed tact numbers in TrackRoll GB#346916 [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Fixed all reported beast crashes: GB#340437 GB#347319
  • Other bug fixes: GB#364041 GB#386862 GB#387364 GB#336366 GB#353135 GB#353442
  • Fixes for gcc-3.3 and GNU/kFreeBSD
  • Updated Italian translation [Petrecca Michele]

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.7.0:

  • Renamed scheme shell to bsescm
  • Optimized core functions for MMX/SSE with runtime CPU detection
  • Fixed CPU profiler to work with newer Linux kernels
  • New probing code for optimized volume meters and FFT scopes
  • Plugins/Module changes:
    • StandardOscillator - Added semitone transposition function
    • FreeVerb - Fixed distortions due to subnormal handling
    • GusPatchEnvelope - Better approximation of GUS Patch envelopes [Stefan]
    • Adder - Deprecated in favour of BseSummation
    • Constant - Number of output channels reduced to 4
    • DavSynDrum - Fixed retrigger logic [Stefan]
  • Added support for MMX/SSE-optimized plugins
  • Converted runtime documentation system to use a local web browser
  • Relicensed all example scripts and BSE files under an "AS IS" license
  • New loadable Instruments/Effects:
    • BQS Organ
    • BQS SynDrum
    • BQS Fretless Bass [Stefan Westerfeld]
    • BQS Queek Synth
    • BQS MoogSaw Bass [Stefan Westerfeld]
    • BQS Merp Pad
    • BQS Compressor [Stefan Westerfeld]
    • BQS Reverb [Stefan Westerfeld]
    • BQS Saturation And Reverb [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Major code reorganizations, only one library is installed now: libbse
  • Vastly extended test coverage of many core mechanisms
  • Moved source base to automake-1.9 and added support for gcc-4.2
  • Lots of major and minor fixes and improvements
  • Bugzilla issues resolved: GB#337703, GB#342186, GB#343301, GB#340386, GB#340307
  • Updated Canadian English translation [Adam Weinberger]
  • Updated German translation [Hendrik Richter, Jens Seidel]
  • Updated Spanish translation [Francisco Javier F. Serrador]
  • Updated Czech translation [Miloslav Trmac]
  • Updated Italian translation [Petrecca Michele]
  • Updated Catalan translation [Gil Forcada]
  • Updated Dutch translation [Vincent van Adrighem]
  • Updated Swedish translation [Daniel Nylander]
  • Added Nepali translation [Pawan Chitrakar]

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.6.6:

  • Improved error messages
  • Improved script handling
  • Implemented translation of scheme script strings
  • Fixed closing of unsaved projects
  • Fixed project Save vs. Save As behaviour
  • Fixed localized numbers being written to .bse files
  • Fixed sample embedding in .bse files (0.6.5 did not store all samples)
  • Fixed stale header files, left out by make uninstall
  • Rewrote message dialogs and message mechanisms
  • Ported MIDI event recording script to new BSE core
  • Updated Canadian English translation [Adam Weinberger]
  • Updated Czech translation [Miloslav Trmac]
  • Updated Italian translation [Petrecca Michele]
  • Updated Spanish translation [Francisco Javier F. Serrador]
  • Added Basque translation [Hizkuntza Politikarako Sailburuordetza]

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.6.5:

  • New supported file formats:
    • GUS Patches - Load patchfiles as ordinary samples [Stefan Westerfeld]
    • BseWave - A new tool bsewavetool allows creation and compression of multi-sample files which can be loaded by beast. This tool is experimental and not currently being installed, ask questions or report problems with it on beast@gnome.org.
  • New Effects:
    • Saturator - Saturate audio signals, implements various saturation types.
  • New scripts:
    • Track Busses - Automatically create mixer busses for tracks
  • Fixed MIDI file import to create required mixer setup
  • Added playback position indicator to piano roll
  • Fixate zoom position while zooming piano roll
  • Fixed saving of BseMixer state to BSE files
  • Improved sample file caching algorith
  • Improved BSE file parsing robustness
  • AMD64 fixes [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Lots of miscellaneous bug fixes
  • Updated British English translation [David Lodge]
  • Updated Canadian English translation [Adam Weinberger]
  • Updated Czech translation [Miloslav Trmac]
  • Updated Dutch translation [Tino Meinen]
  • Updated Spanish translation [Jorge Gonzalez]
  • Added Bulgarian translation [Iassen Pramatarov]
  • Added Kinyarwanda translation [Steve Murphy]

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.6.4:

  • Fixed storage logic that caused data loss when overwriting BSE files
  • Added -N and -n=<nicelevel> options to drop nice level priorities
  • Removed libbsw from package, glue code is inlined now
  • GCC-3.4 build fixes
  • Fixed high CPU consumption on scope updates
  • Added spectrogram view for module outputs
  • Minor GUI fixups and miscellaneous other buglet fixes
  • Updated Canadian English translation [Adam Weinberger]
  • Updated British English translation [David Lodge]
  • Updated Czech translation [Miloslav Trmac]
  • Updated Dutch translation [Tino Meinen]
  • Updated Spanish translation [Jorge Gonzalez]

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.6.3:

  • The package now depends on GLib-2.4 and Gtk+-2.4
  • New/ported/improved Effects:
    • BseContribSampleAndHold - a sample and hold module by Artem Popov
    • BseSummation - a replacement for multiple BseAdder effects
    • DavBassFilter - added trigger input for use in instruments and implemented MIDI automation for all parameters
    • BseNoise - ported to IDL/C++ [Stefan Westerfeld]
    • ArtsCompressor - cleanups, major usability improvements [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Added song mixer with freely connectable busses
  • Added spline-scale-based DB meters
  • Added MIDI event automation framework
  • Added null PCM driver and command line options for driver selection
  • Added plugin development guide
  • Added audio-feature extractor for automated test suit [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Fixed dangling part handling by adding them to an extra track
  • Fixed parsing of negative control events and note fine tune
  • Fixed stereo playback in sample editor
  • Fixed undo/redo handling across playback activation
  • Fixed error handling when users form cyclic connections
  • Lots of icon updates [Artem Popov]
  • Mime type fixes [Artem Popov, Tim Janik]
  • Improved GUI responsiveness
  • Made message dialog appearance configurable
  • Consistent support for dialog closing with Escape
  • Dialog size and resizing adaptions for 800x600 screens
  • Lots of miscellaneous bug fixes and refactoring
  • Updated Brazilian Portuguese translation [Raphael Higino]
  • Updated Czech translation [Miloslav Trmac]
  • Updated Dutch translation [Tino Meinen]
  • Updated British English translation [David Lodge]
  • Updated Canadian English translation [Adam Weinberger]
  • Updated Albanian translation [Laurent Dhima]
  • Updated Spanish translation [Francisco Javier F. Serrador, Jorge Gonzalez]
  • Updated German translation [Dirk Janik, Moritz Mekelburger]
  • Updated Russian translation [Artem Popov]
  • Added Punjabi translation [Amanpreet Singh Alam]
  • Added Japanese translation [Satoru SATOH]
  • Added Esperanto translation [Artem Popov]
  • Added Italian translation [Petrecca Michele]

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.6.2:

  • Rewrote scrollbar sizing, so tracks and parts are easily resizable
  • Lots of small GUI enhancements and fixes
  • Added CPU usage information view
  • Enabled tooltips on menu items
  • Rewrote logging, messaging and error reporting system
  • Fixed attack time handling in SimpleADSR
  • Added support for 1/32, 1/64 and 1/128 notes and quantization steps
  • Added skin and row highlighting support to the pattern editor
  • Adjusted skins (pacified some of the more disturbing ones)
  • Added British English translation [Gareth Owen]
  • Added Canadian English translation [Adam Weinberger]
  • Added Brazilian Portuguese translation [Raphael Higino]
  • Updated Catalan translation [Xavier Conde Rueda]
  • Updated Czech translation [Miloslav Trmac]
  • Updated Dutch translation [Tino Meinen]
  • Updated Croatian translation [Robert Sedak]
  • Updated Spanish translation [Francisco Javier F. Serrador]
  • Updated Russian translation [Alexandre Prokoudine]
  • Updated Portuguese translation [Duarte Loreto]
  • Updated Albanian translation [Laurent Dhima]
  • Various sfidl fixes [Stefan Westerfeld, Tim Janik]
  • First steps taken towards mixer infrastructure
  • Fixed user configurable debugging support
  • Lots of adaptions to GLib/Gtk+-2.4

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.6.1:

  • Added suid wrapper which acquires nice level -20, then drops privileges
  • Improved latency/block-size handling of the synthesis engine
  • Fixed i18n bug which prevents demo song from loading in non-C locales
  • Added i18n support for enum values
  • Support for more note formats like Cis-1, C#-1, #C-1
  • SFI cleanups [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Restructured sfidl and fixed lots of bugs [Stefan]
  • Switched core language bindnig to C++
  • Added support for per-part scripts
  • New harmonic transposition script which allows to convert between major, minor, dorian, phrygian, lydian, mixolydian and locrian scales [Stefan]
  • Added experimetal pattern editor prototype
  • Added keybinding editor to preferences dialog
  • Added ComboBox widgets to the GUI
  • Updated Catalan translation [Xavier Conde Rueda]
  • Updated Czech translation [Miloslav Trmac]
  • Updated Serbian translation [Danilo Segan]
  • Updated Dutch translation [Kees van den Broek]
  • FreeBSD fixes [Rasmus Kaj]
  • Lots of GUI fixes

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.6.0:

  • Moved RC file from ~/.beastrc to ~/.beast/beastrc
  • Lots of major and minor GUI improvements
  • Major improvements and speedups to scrolling code
  • Added sniffer module and per-track scope display
  • Fixed sequencer occasionally swallowing notes
  • Added skin-support to event and piano roll widgets
  • Added support for structures/boxed types in plugins
  • Implemented a-law/u-law decoders
  • Improved configurability
  • Added AIFF file loader
  • Minor and major performance improvements [Tim Janik, Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Incorporated OpenBSD fixes [Nedko Arnaudov]
  • Updated Serbian translation [Danilo Segan]
  • Updated Czech translation [Miloslav Trmac]
  • Updated Portuguese translation [Duarte Loreto]
  • Updated Spanish translation [Yelitza Louze, Francisco Javier F. Serrador]
  • Updated Dutch translation [Tino Meinen, Kees van den Broek]
  • Updated German translation [Christian Neumair]
  • Added Croatian translation [Robert Sedak]
  • Added French translation [Christophe Merlet]
  • Added Albanian translation [Laurent Dhima]
  • Added Mongolian translation [Dulmandakh Sukhbaatar]
  • Added sfidl documentation [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and cleanups

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.5.6:

  • New (or ported) modules:
    • BseEvaluator - highly experimental (available with --devel) expression evaluator by Stefan Westerfeld
    • DavBassFilter - a low-pass resonant TB-303 style filter by David A. Bartold
  • Added support for author and licensing information for plugins, available as "Show Info" in the button3 popup menu on modules
  • Started MIDI file import ability
  • Started new undo-able parasite mechanism for BSE files
  • Fixed default value serialization in BSE files
  • IDL Compiler bug fixes and cleanups [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Started C++ Language Binding [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Added i18n support to IDL Compiler [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Added #include-impl support to IDL Compiler [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Added toplevel package tests in tests/ [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Support upper case note names
  • Internationalized plugins
  • Merged translation domains
  • Updated Czech translation [Miloslav Trmac]
  • Updated Dutch translation [Vincent van Adrighem]
  • Updated German translation [Christian Neumair]
  • Updated Serbian translation [Danilo Segan]
  • Updated Spanish translation [Ismael Andres Rubio Rojas]
  • Updated Swedish translation [Christian Rose]
  • Added Catalan translation [Xavier Conde Rueda]
  • Added Greek translation [Kostas Papadimas]
  • Added Portuguese translation [Duarte Loreto]
  • Complete rebuild of the GUI code by moving to XML based widget tree stencils
  • Completely recoded menu generation, activation and sensitivity, based on new simple action lists amd a stencil factory mechanism
  • Rewrote all existing property entry fields and added new types
  • Implemented a couple new widgets to improve GUI experience (GxkMenuButton as GtkOptionMenu replacement, GxkSimpleLable for shortened widths, ...)
  • Added accelerator support for popup menus
  • Lots of overall GUI polishing
  • Added "About" box
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes, lots of code cleanups

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.5.5:

  • New (or ported) modules:
    • DavCanyonDelay - Canyon Echo by David A. Bartold
    • BseMidiInput - Monophonic MIDI Keyboard input module
    • BseBalance - Stereo panorama position module
    • ArtsCompressor - Mono and stereo compressor [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Added utility script to crop and duplicate parts [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Added "Party Monster" demo song [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Implemented ability to use sequencer as modulation source
  • Added support for external MIDI events in song tracks
  • Added .bse file playback facility to bsesh
  • Added support for C++ Plugins
  • Now installs bse-plugin-generator for simple creation of C++ Modules
  • Added manual pages for installed executables
  • Lots of small MIDI handling fixes
  • Fixed MP3 loader
  • Major GUI improvements
  • Registered MIME types for .bse files, provided .desktop file
  • Made search paths for various resources user configurable
  • Added prototype support to IDL compiler [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Work around PTH poll() bug on NetBSD [Ben Collver, Tim Janik]
  • Support NetBSD sound device names [Ben Collver]
  • Added i18n infrastrukture for BEAST and BSE [Christian Neumair, Tim Janik]
  • Added Azerbaijani translation [Metin Amiroff]
  • Added Russian translation [Alexandre Prokoudine]
  • Added Serbian translation [Danilo Segan]
  • Added Swedish translation [Christian Rose]
  • Added German translation [Christian Neumair]
  • Added Czech translation [Miloslav Trmac]
  • Added Dutch translation [Vincent van Adrighem]
  • Lots of bug fixes

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.5.4:

  • Ported and improved synthesis module from David A. Bartold:
    • DavSynDrum - Synthetic drum generator
  • Added support for control event editing
  • Added per-note velocity and fine-tune editing
  • Added support for per-track and per-song special effects
  • Some GUI polishing
  • Fixes to compile on NetBSD
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.5.3:

  • Seperated core plugin loading from LADSPA plugin loading
  • Fixed memory leaks in various places
  • Added child process (bsesh) error monitoring
  • Fixed bsesh (script) communication for systems with short writes

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.5.2:

  • Implemented unlimited Undo/Redo facilities
  • Tracks now support waves directly as Synth input
  • Added wave/synth selection dialog for tracks
  • Major improvements to file/wave selection dialogs
  • Added ability to monitor PCM output to WAVE files
  • Reenabled sample rate adjustments in preferences
  • Fixed signal handling in scheme
  • Fixed time zone handling
  • Upgraded to Guile-1.6
  • Adapted code to gcc-3.3/g++-3.3
  • Documentation improvements
  • Robustness fixes to LADSPA loader [Sam Hocevar]
  • Improved documentation building process [Alper Ersoy]
  • Image (Logo) improvements [Alper Ersoy]
  • Bug fixes for 64bit archs [Sam Hocevar]
  • Miscellaneous major and minor code fixes

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.5.1:

  • Added support for LADSPA plugins
  • Improved synthesis network router display
  • Documentation fixes
  • Added support for dsp[0-3] and midi[0-3] devices
  • Fixed memory leaks during playback

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.5.0:

  • Moved BSE into its own thread
  • Added IDL based code generator [Stefan Westerfeld]
  • Deployed new middleware layer
  • Major documentation generation improvements [Alper Ersoy]
  • Generate structure documentation [Tim Janik, Alper Ersoy]
  • Added documentation about Gtk+ GUI extensions
  • Made documentation browser navigatable
  • Improved MIDI support
  • Added track editor to allow complex song arrangements
  • The guile shell to BSE is named bsesh now
  • Major code cleanups, bug fixes and refactoring
  • Lots of GUI fixes, improvements and revamps
  • Bug fixes and major cleanups

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.4.1:

  • Added cool startup splash-screen from Jimmac
  • Added GSL - a common sound routine library for BSE and aRts
  • Added part support for songs with piano roll editor
  • A Guile based scheme shell for BSE has been added: bswshell
  • Added support for execution of scheme scripts in BEAST
  • Added MIDI synthesis support
  • Added sample/wave display and preview facilities
  • Added sample loaders for .wav, .ogg, .mp3 and .gslwave files
  • Added file descriptor caching layer to lessen the impact of unix' MAX_OPEN_FD limitation
  • Added sophisticated sample caching layer to spare file I/O and mp3 or Vorbis decoding
  • New threaded sound engine which can process synthesis modules in the background or on a seperate processor
  • Many (not yet all) synthesis modules got ported to the new engine and got improved in quality and speed
  • New synthesis modules:
    • FreeVerb - a reverb based on code by Jeremy Wakefield
    • BiquadFilter - various basic IIR (resonance) filter types
    • ADSR Envelope - a simple envelope generator
    • IIR Filter - various IIR filter types
    • Ports/SubSynth - allows synthesis network rerouting
    • Constant - constant value output module
    • WaveOsc - Anti-aliasing wave playback
    • Sequencer - a mini sequencer for harmonic tone switches
    • Amplifier - a VCA equivalent with featurefull control variants
  • Joint (multi-connect) channel support, allowing multiple input connections per channel on some modules
  • Major speed improvements to the threading layer by using pthreads directly where possible
  • New 19"-rack alike GUI front-end for customized GUI presentation of .bse projects
  • Major GUI cleanups and improvements
  • Major documentation improvements
  • Ported BEAST/BSE to Gtk+2.0 and GLib-2.0
  • Moved the BSE type system into GLib-2.0 as GObject
  • A huge amount of bug fixes

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.4.0:

  • Various effects are supported for sequencer notes now
  • Sequencer and mixer cleanups and speedups
  • Added support for Cubic Interpolation
  • Complete reimplementation of the type and parameter systems for integration with upcomming GLib 1.4 facilities.
  • New synthesis modules:
    • DavXTalString - string synthesizer
    • DavGuitar - physical modelling acoustic guitar
    • DavChorus - chorusing filter

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.3.3:

  • Fixed font specification in pattern editor
  • GNOME Canvas redrawing workarounds
  • Libart hang workaround
  • Libtool update

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.3.2:

  • Songs have a pattern play list now that can be altered
  • Major overhaul of the mixing engine which is now agressively optimized and contains all necessary means for effect implementations
  • Synthesis tools palette for the synthesis network router and many other GUI improvements
  • Enabled procedure support for the pattern editor to supply spreadsheet like editing facilities
  • New synthesis modules:
    • BseMixer - mix 4->1 channels with adjustable volumes
    • DavOrgan - a modifiable Additive Organ Synthesizer
    • DavSynDrum - a synthesized drum generator
    • DavCanyonDelay - adds deep, long delay echo effects
    • DavBassFilter - TB-303 low-pass resonant filter clone
  • Pattern editor keytable display
  • Simple sample views for samples used in a project
  • More test files in the test/ subdirectory ;)
  • Vast amounts of code cleanups and bug fixes ;)

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.3.1:

  • Fixed a dumb major bug in the ALSA backend that could prevent it from playing at all
  • Preferences dialog contains BEAST preferences as well now
  • Keytable caching to avoid XKB bug triggering
  • Stringified enum and flags support in plugins (autogenerated) and in GUI
  • Made the driver hirarchy of objects more modular in preparation for MIDI devices integration
  • New synthesis object: BseCompressor
  • Runtime display of FAQ ;)
  • Random GUI improvements
  • ALSA 0.5.0 support
  • Miscellaneous minor bugfixes

What's new in BEAST/BSE 0.3.0:

  • Synthesis networks implemented, plugins currently imlemented:
    • noise generator
    • generic oscillator for various wave forms, such as sine, saw, triangle...
    • FIR filter with lowpass and highpass mode
    • multiplier
    • adder (can also run in subtract mode)
    • recording source
  • BseIcon support for C-source inlined RLE-encoded RGB(A) images
  • Envelopes and polyphony for song instruments
  • Incremental keytable patch mechanism
  • Good overall stability
  • Preferences dialog
  • Device Monitor for latency settings
  • New BseHeart object with new PCM device syncronization/mixing model
  • Procedure types
  • Improved .bse file format
  • Bunch of exciting things that I forgot about ;)
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