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  • Removed large chunks of old and outdated code.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 (#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 (#665097). [Alessio Treglia]

  • Lots of code cleanups, licensing cleanups.

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.7.8:

  • Wave oscillator fixes for 96k samples (#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: #452604, #468229, #344388, #451086, #450724, #454121, #491552, #450490, #441936, #336766, #433431, #474332, #474244, #456879, #456408, #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: http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-2916 # artswrapper http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-4447 # X.Org

  • Added factor 2 SSE-optimized up/down resampler [Stefan Westerfeld]

  • Added support for varying musical tuning systems:

    • 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 [Hanno Behrens, Tim Janik]

  • 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 #346916 [Stefan Westerfeld]

  • Fixed all reported beast crashes: #340437 #347319

  • Other bug fixes: #364041 #386862 #387364 #336366 #353135 #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: #337703, #342186, #343301, #340386, #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 ;)