What’s New in 2.4.1 - Bug Fixes from 2.4.0 beta
Version 2.4.1 is the first non-beta release for 2.4.x. Version 2.4.1 fixes a number of bugs associated with the beta version 2.4.0. Version 2.4.1 introduces no new features that were not in 2.4.0.
Bug fixes in 2.4.1:
- Fixed a bug that caused Synful Orchestra and the host sequencer to crash when scrubbing tracks by dragging the location button in DP and other sequencers.
- Fixed a significant bug in loading existing (pre 2.4.x) projects and templates that include Synful Orchestra. This bug was capable of causing a wide variety of irratic behavior – host sequencer crashes, random values in controls, interference with other plugins, etc.
Fixed a bug that caused slow degradation in performance over time until 100% of CPU was used – noticeable if looping for a long time (e.g. 10 minutes to 1 hour).
- Fixed a bug that created erratic unpredictable behavior in saving and loading new programs. This would not cause a crash but would appear as random parameters not being saved or loaded with the project.
- Fixed a problem that would sometimes cause Synful Orchestra to be unrecognized by the host sequencer.
- Fixed problem with blank/white feature list during Windows 64 bit install and inability to complete install.
- Fixed problem with installaion of 64 bit Windows drivers.
What’s New in 2.3.2
This is a new Mac Universal Binary version of Synful Orchestra 2.3.2. It runs on both new Intel Macs and older Power PC macs. This version has no new sounds or other new features compared to version 2.3.0. So the only reason to download and install this is if you want to run Synful Orchestra on a new Intel Mac. There is no version 2.3.2 for Windows. The latest version for Windows is 2.3.1.
What’s New in 2.3.1
In 2.3.1 we have fixed a bug in the DXi version of Synful Orchestra 2.3.0. This bug affects users of Sonar on Windows or other users of the DXi version of Synful Orchestra. The bug does not affect MAC users or Windows VST users. There is no version 2.3.1 for MAC. The bug introduced unpredictable and variable time delays in output ranging from 0.1 to 1.5 seconds.
What’s New in 2.3.0
- String Sections. Wind and Brass Sections. Any Synful Orchestra solo instrument can now be turned into a natural sounding section. Synful Orchestra uses the RPM database to guarantee realistic variations between the players. You can select the number of players in the section, how the players are positioned on stage, the rhythmic variation between the players, detuning among the players, and more. Listen to the new Tristan und Isolde example included in the download to hear the naturalness of these sections. See the Synful Orchestra help section on Localization and Section Controls for full details about sections.
- Natural Divisi. Synful Orchestra sections simulate realistic and natural divisi. For example, if you create a ten violin section Program and play a monophonic line then all ten players will play that line. If you play a ten note chord then each player will play one note in the chord. The Synful Orchestra section automatically adapts to the changing polyphony of the part. If you play 3 note chords or polyphony then the ten players distribute themselves automatically 4-3-3 across the notes.
- Player Position. Synful Orchestra virtual players can be positioned in the listening room. The position of the virtual listener can be changed and the room size can be adjusted. The new ability to create sections uses the positioning capability to make the different players in a section sound like they are spread out realistically in space. See the Synful Orchestra help section on Localization and Section Controls for full details about sections. IMPORTANT NOTE FOR LOGIC USERS: If you use Apple Logic and want to use the Synful Orchestra direct, 2 walls, or 4 walls localization controls then you must set the MIDI pan in Logic to the center or to off. This is because Logic performs panning itself which will interfere with the more powerful Synful localization modes.
- Bigger and Prettier User Interface. We have added a number of controls to the Control Panel to support player localization and sections. We have also upgraded the look a bit so it’s prettier and more consistent (we hope!).
- Degradation Over Time Bug. We fixed a problem which caused Synful Orchestra to have reduced performance over time. So if you ran for 1-2 hours you might have to stop Synful Orchestra and the host sequencer and restart them to get rid of clicks and pops that had emerged. This was quite apparent when using Cubase on PC/Windows but it was true to some extent on every platform.
- Better Performance. We have improved the efficiency of Synful Orchestra so you now get more voices on the same computer.
- Better Note Transition Modeling. We now take better advantage of Delay for Expression for modeling note transitions, especially in advance of an upcoming note.
- New Orchestral Example. We have included a new MIDI example of an excerpt from Wagner’s famous Prelude to Tristan und Isolde to demonstrate string and wind sections and the ability to model the entire orchestra.
- Program Locking. There is now a button associated with every MIDI channel on the Control Panel that locks the Program assignment for that MIDI channel so that changes coming from a MIDI controller or from the host sequencer do not override the Program setting in the settings in the Control Panel.
- Enter Control Values By Typing. You can now enter control values in the Control Panel by typing in the numerical display boxes in addition to adjusting the slider or knob positions.
What's New in Older Versions of Synful Orchestra
Free Crossgrade for Windows and Mac
If you already own Synful Orchestra or if you purchase a new license you can use it on both your Mac and Windows machines. See Free Crossgrade.
Wagner, Beethoven and Stravinsky Examples
One of the best ways to learn Synful Orchestra is to examine the examples included with the installation. There are examples from several composers including a Beethoven String Quartet, Stravinsky Rite of Spring, and Wagner Tristan und Isolde.
- Mac OSX. Go to Macintosh HD/Applications/Synful/Synful Orchestra/Examples. .lso is for Apple Logic, .dpf files are Digital Performer, cpr for Cubase, and .mid for simple Midi.
- Windows. Go to /Program Files/Synful/Synful Orchestra/Examples. .cpr is for Cubase, .cwp for Sonar, and .mid for simple Midi.
Sequencers We Test With
We currently test Synful Orchestra with Apple Logic, Digital Performer, Cubase SX, and Sonar. There are known problems with some other sequencers that we do not currently test with -- see KnownProblems.htm. Generally if Synful Orchestra works with one product from a company it will work with others. For example Nuendo, Cubase SL, and V-stack all work well since Cubase SX works well. For products we do not test with, we cannot guarantee correct behavior. It is also possible that for products we do not test with Synful Orchestra will work now but not work after either we or the sequencer company releases a software update. We will try to fix these problems if they occur but this may take time. We will gradually expand the number of products we test with over time. We apologize for any problems this causes.
Known Problems With Synful Orchestra
Synful Orchestra Needs a Host Sequencer Program
Synful Orchestra is a plugin program that cannot run by itself. It needs to run with a host program. It supports three plugin formats AU, DXi, and VST. AU and VST run on MAC. DXi and VST run on Windows. There are many AU, DXi, and VST host programs including some free ones. If you do not have a VST or DXi host program you can download a free trial of these popular DXi and VST programs:
Download Demo Version of Sonar DXi Host Program from Cakewalk (Windows)
Download Demo Version of Cubase VST Host Program from Steinberg (Windows and Mac)
Activating or Authorizing Multiple Machines. Upgrading Machines
If you have purchased a Synful Orchestra license and received an Activation Code then you can authorize Synful Orchestra on more than one personal machine. For example, a desktop and a laptop or a PC and a MAC. The Synful Orchestra license is considered to be for one person. However, we will support as many machines as you have within reason. 2-3 is normal, 10 is way too many! Do not share your Activation Code with friends or colleagues. It identifies you as the only person who can receive authorizations for your personal Synful Orchestra License.
If you use Automatic Internet activation then after 3 activations you may need to contact Synful Orchestra by email at email@example.com to request further activations.
Certain kinds of hardware upgrades and sometimes reformatting of the hard disk will require a re-authorization. Simple follow the steps described in the previous section to re-authorize.