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 Post subject: Stereo Tool 9.00
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:28 am 

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Stereo Tool 9.00 has been released!

Changes:
  • Processing core: Updated to new core, Quality upto 150% now possible.
  • Compressors: Added new Symmetric RMS mode that sounds much better than the old RMS mode which is not deprecated.
  • Compressors: Added new Symmetric Peak mode that behaves like Symmetric RMS, but is peak based.
  • Added Bass EQ, similar to Auto EQ but for bass.
  • Added Basstardizer (replacement of Bass Boost).
  • Added simple (traditional) Bass Clipper that generates harmonics.
  • AGC: Much nicer attack/release behavior. "Legacy" switch is available to get the old behavior for compatibility.
  • Auto EQ: Fixed overreacting to sudden loud sounds. "Legacy" switch is available to get the old behavior for compatibility.
  • Advanced Clipper: Improved "Bass Distortion Protection" bass clipper, no longer kills mid-bass.
  • GUI: Added 4K screen support.
  • GUI: New default skin.
  • CPU Performance: Improved VST load time.
  • CPU Performance: Optimized scope data collection code (less CPU, more memory).
  • CPU Performance: GUI: Optimized scope drawing code when zoomed out.
  • CPU Performance: GUI: Optimized MPX drawing code.
  • CPU Performance: Improved parameter lookup code.
  • Memory: Reduced Resampler memory usage by sharing LUT data between channels (-16 MB).
  • Memory: Reduced R/C memory usage by splitting into phase-linear and non-phase linear versions (-2 MB).
  • Auto EQ: Improved recovery from absence of frequencies.
  • Auto EQ: Improved Abrupt Changes behavior after startup/silence (recovers much faster).
  • Added extra AGC before the normal AGC to handle extreme sounds (voice tracking).
  • Hard Limit: Merged current Hard Limit with the code from before version 8.22, which sounded better.
  • AGC: Improved start of song behavior, added startng point for file based processing.
  • Highpass filter: Fixed (enabled) pre-ringing protection.
  • Advanced Limiter: Add NAN recovery.
  • Multiband compressors: Added Stop Threshold, it doesn't reduce the level further than this point.
  • Stereo Image: Improved Stereo Image phase limiter.
  • Delossifier: MPEG detection was too insensitive in 8.54 (was ok before).
  • Advanced Clipper: Improved multipath/streaming stereo protection.
  • Advanced Clipper: Added Mono Bass fiter to reduce multipath (FM) or codec artifacts (streaming).
  • Stereo coder: Added pilot-only output for other products.
  • RDS: Improved external RDS insertion to allow for noisy RDS signals that certain encoders generate.
  • RDS: Add PTYN. Also via ASCII mode (PTYN=) and UECP mode.
  • RDS: Add timeout for TA.
  • RDS: UECP: Support added for combined messages in 1 packet.
  • RDS: UECP: UDP mode added.
  • RDS: Added MagicRDS AF method A.
  • RDS: TA/TP via MagicRDS supported.
  • RDS: Added THIMEORT in ASCII remote control mode, similar to THIMEOPS but for RT.
  • Generic plugin: Output spectrum added.
  • Low latency output: Added High Quality mode.
  • Low latency output: Allow 3 threads instead of 2.
  • FM Analyzer: Improved pilot detection, no more tilt correction needed.
  • Linux: Removed dependencies to newer GLIBC than what's in CentOS 6 (needed for Rivendell Stereo Tool plugin).
  • Linux: Auto-saving of settings enabled.
  • Linux: Added affinity support. Mac doesn't seem to support it.
  • Linux: 64 bit ARM ALSA build had Jack dependency.
  • Bug fix: Advanced Limiter: Phasing sound was sometimes present, must have been broken forever!
  • Bug fix: Fixed Mac multiband compressor gate error after NAN recovery.
  • Bug fix: Fixed NAN in 8.54 in several versions in the clipper (reported by 1 person, appears to have been settings-related).
  • Bug fix: NAN in equalizer fixed.
  • Bug fix: Fixed NAN's and other weird behavior in multi-thread mode in True Bass and Absolute Highs.
  • Bug fix: Incorrectly reported NAN warning in clipper removed.
  • Bug fix: Rounding error caused a divide by 0 on some systems in Multiband Band Coupling, causing distortion.
  • Bug fix: Run-as-a-service code didn't print anything to screen due to Visual Studio changes.
  • Bug fix: Auto EQ bands could misbehave for a while after changing number of bands (for example when switching presets)
  • Bug fix: VST plugin error handling didn't work, a crash could take the host application with it.
  • Bug fix: VST delay was not taking Phase Delay and number of threads into account.
  • Bug fix: Self test crashed.
  • Bug fix: AGC PEQ live updates (when editing) didn't work.
  • Bug fix: RDS: Compressed flag was always set regardless of GUI setting after startup.
  • Bug fix: External RDS was turning Asymmetric L-R off.
  • Bug fix: Fixed Digital Multiband 1 mode Flat frequency response bug introduced in 8.54.
  • Bug fix: Stokkemask didn't properly update when Quality was changed, could cause crashes.
  • Bug fix: Fix "Hear" behavior when moving filters around.
  • Bug fix: Web server requests could fail on long URL's.
  • Bug fix: Lines could not contain an = sign in translation (.stl) files.
  • GUI: Add display red colors for in use but not licensed features in License overview page.
  • GUI: Bottom meter section reflects changes in processing order.
  • GUI: Left menu reflects changes in processing order.
  • GUI: Added Brightness slider.
  • GUI: Show better unlicensed features warning.
  • GUI: Put best/latest preset in a separate area op top.
  • GUI: VST now resizable if the host application supports that.
  • GUI: Made top area a bit higher, not all menu items fit before.
  • GUI: If the window is too small, still draw (partially invisible) instead of showing a gray screen.
  • GUI: Redraw screen when warning disappears automatically.
  • GUI: "Low CPU" settings now deprecated and inverted ("Heavy CPU (old)").
  • GUI: Add high CPU load warning.
  • GUI: Add Breakaway Pipeline warning.
  • GUI: Add low input level warning.
  • GUI: Add too little AGC action warning.
  • GUI: Add too much noise gate warning.
  • GUI: Add too much BS412 action warning.
  • GUI: VLC 3 apparently does not work, GUI now shows "VLC 2" explicitly everywhere.
  • GUI: Output meter blinks red (clipping warning) in "Ignore high frequencies" mode - make it less sensitive.
  • GUI: Add legacy bass clipper warning.
  • GUI: Reorganized main Processing screen.
  • GUI: Combined bass effects to a single page.
  • Code: Changed clock checking code in sound card thread to avoid build warning on Mac.
  • Audio I/O: Added sound card lowpass filter compensation to FM output. (Does not work in Ignore High Frequencies mode).
  • Audio I/O: Added ASIO override latency setting.
  • Audio I/O: Add left/right channel swap and mono.
  • Made streaming with libVLC easier, WARNING: there are better encoders out there.
  • Added, removed and updated presets.
  • Updated translations.
  • SST: ThimeoKoekError was not initialized in SST, so \[Mu]MPX encode errors were not shown.
  • Stand alone installers: Add shortcuts for run as a service install/uninstall.


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.00
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:33 am 

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I've seen the GUI white flashing Bojcha reported 2 times already with 9.00 final. Never had this with any of the betas before. No time for further testing now, though.


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.00
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:36 pm 

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I load the 32-bit VST into BreakawayOne with only declipper/delossifier and azimuth enabled. I can launch the interface fine from the BaOne button, but after I close Stereo Tool from within the interface, I get a blank popup window that is titled THIMEO STEREO TOOL 9.00 by Hans van Zutphen. And I can't close it. I can resize and minimize, but cannot close it. Attached a screenshot.


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.00
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:37 pm 
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I load the 32-bit VST into BreakawayOne with only declipper/delossifier and azimuth enabled. I can launch the interface fine from the BaOne button, but after I close Stereo Tool from within the interface, I get a blank popup window that is titled THIMEO STEREO TOOL 9.00 by Hans van Zutphen. And I can't close it. I can resize and minimize, but cannot close it. Attached a screenshot.
Hi, was this ok in the previous version? (And is BaOne 64 bit?)


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.00
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:40 pm 

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I never saw this with 8.54. I never tried the betas in BaOne. BaOne is 64-bit. It will only run 32-bit VSTs, however. It's like the popup is launched upon closing the main ST interface. And ST continues to function fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.00
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:55 pm 
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I really don't get it. So many wrong things.

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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.00
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:38 pm 

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Congratulations on the release of the new version! So everything's fine here. No crashes, no misconduct, everything is great! I find the release really a milestone! Thanks again to Hans for the long work it took until this version was completely finished. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.00
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:40 pm 
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I never saw this with 8.54. I never tried the betas in BaOne. BaOne is 64-bit. It will only run 32-bit VSTs, however. It's like the popup is launched upon closing the main ST interface. And ST continues to function fine.
Ok. I have actually seen this in a 64 bit host with the 32 bit VST, but it didn't happen with the 64 bit VST so I figured it was a bug in that host (in which I had never loaded a 32 bit VST before). The good news is that I can reproduce it here, so it should be easy to pinpoint what's causing this. It's odd though that this is different in 32 and 64 bit mode.....


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.00
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:10 pm 
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Cancel the whole VST shit and also the standalone 32bit build,who uses XP and 32bit CPUs in 2018??.

Just an idea :) , although you do not do much with it..Hans ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.00
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:22 pm 
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Cancel the whole VST shit and also the standalone 32bit build,who uses XP and 32bit CPUs in 2018??.

Just an idea :) , although you do not do much with it..Hans ;)
The problem with 32 bit (at least for VST) is that if you have a 32 bit application, you can't (easily) run 64 bit VST's and vice versa. The whole issue above is only caused by the fact that BaOne is a 64 bit program but apparently only supports 32 bit VST's - so a "bridge" is needed, which seems to be what's causing the issue. 32 bit in a 32 bit host and 64 bit in a 64 bit host both works fine.

Anyway, as you can see, even for the latest BaOne you need the 32 bit VST to be able to run it.... so it's definitely needed.

About XP: Since it doesn't make any difference for me, there's no good reason to not support it. It's just one switch in the compiler settings. Sure, I could set it to something later - but that doesn't really have any benefits, just means that people can't run it on XP anymore. (And you would be surprised how many people have their processing pc's, often disconnected from the internet, still running XP, sometimes not even the latest service pack).


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