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 Post subject: Stereo Tool 9.20
PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:29 pm 
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Stereo Tool 9.20 is available now!

Changes:
  • Added VST3 plugins (experimental).
  • Added Immersive Bass: Upper bass harmonics synthesizer.
  • Added hand-optimized AVX2 code for about 5% lower CPU load on newer CPU's (on Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, 10).
  • Advanced Clipper/Composite Clipper: Added more bass protection stages (experimental).
  • Advanced Clipper/Composite Clipper: Reduced bass IMD in voices and tones.
  • Noise Gate: Some artifacts were audible (and have been for years), fixed.
  • RDS: Split features into standard and advanced RDS (EON, AF method B, ECC, EWS, ODA - TMC etc).
  • RDS: Added AF method B.
  • RDS: Added support for shorter RT texts by ending them with \n, speeds up transmission.
  • RDS: Add PIN.
  • RDS: Bug fix: UECP Site and Encoder address were swapped.
  • RDS: EWS (Emergency Warning System) ID encoding was wrong, fixed.
  • RDS: Remove dynamic memory allocations when the PS/RT/PTYN strings are modified.
  • RDS: UECP: Add support for multiple UECP encoders with different ports.
  • RDS: UECP: Add support for multiple site/encoder addresses.
  • RDS: Added EON, both via GUI and UECP. (Known issue: AF version 4 doesn't work correctly).
  • RDS: Group 15B now sent 4x on TA end (was only sending it on start).
  • Stokkemask post filter CPU load reduced.
  • Auto-select 192 kHz FM output sound card as default on first install.
  • I/O: Beeps for not working sound card made nicer (less intrusive).
  • I/O: Retrying and restarting added when sound cards cannot be opened.
  • Removed support for Pentium 3 pc's. Removed check from installers.
  • GUI: Improved text alignment in modern skin.
  • Default settings for "Leif's highs gap protection" changed (5 stages instead of 3, 200% instead of 400%).
  • Bug fix: Web interface: I/O section and The BIMP were missing.
  • Bug fix: Generic plugin: Could give an empty white screen, among other in mAirlist.
  • Bug fix: Linux version: Web interface thread used 100% CPU load.
  • Bug fix: GUI: Volume display FM of output wrong when streaming output was enabled with separate processing.
  • Updated and added presets.
  • MicroMPX: Added x86 Linux versions (32 and 64 bit).
  • MicroMPX Stereo Tool/SST integration: Removed startup logging if MicroMPX is not used.
  • MicroMPX Stereo Tool/SST integration: Log file are now written in user directory.
  • WatchCat: Several smaller issues fixed.
  • Bug fix: WatchCat installer on Mac was broken.


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.20
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:33 am 
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I've just found out (when investigating a bug report) that Basstardizer isn't working properly in 9.20. I know that not many presets use it, but I'm going to roll back 9.11 for now anyway. It's probably a simple fix, but running a new build takes a full day so I have to roll back 9.11 for now. If you want 9.20 anyway and you're not using Basstardizer, then just add _920 at the end of the URL to get it anyway. 9.21 will follow within 1-2 days (I might also try to add one clipper improvement, if I can quickly figure out how).


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.20
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:09 am 

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Just for the record:

If you choose AF method B Tuning frequency, that freq is not showing in GUI.
However, it works on RDS.


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.20
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:44 pm 
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The strange thing is that i `m getting about 5% higher CPU load, according to the ST load bar.
Was around 13% with my settings, now with 9.21 is around 18%..

The more strange thing is that Task manager shows around 1% difference higher for 9.21, compared to 8.40
I don`t know from where is this difference and why it`s only in the program self measurement.

AMD FX-4300 Buldozer @3.8 Ghz, stock and never clocked
SSE2 only option available and checked, AVX- not.

Also i think that Ignore High freqs is not functioning, because no matter if i enable it or not, CPU bar in ST not moving. It stays the same, which is weird. In other versions it goes down by a percentage.


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.20
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:49 am 
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I have 3 reports of people experiencing a bug when loading the Minnesota beta preset I shared yesterday right here. They are using v9.21.

The bug when loading the preset is that Multiband1 bands 5 and 6 gain reduction levels are getting "stuck". They weren't able to "unstick" by loading a different preset. But I did get one report of "accidentally clicked on Link 2->1 (Band linking) and bands 5&6 got unstuck".


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.20
PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:16 pm 

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I've found a potential issue with MicroMPX on Raspberry Pi for this version. I'm sending audio with StereoTool 9.21 on Windows.

The receiver is on Raspian Jessie
Linux rpi-rd2 4.9.35-v7+ #1014 SMP Fri Jun 30 14:47:43 BST 2017 armv7l GNU/Linux

Version 9.11 on Raspian Jessie works well. Version 9.20 has audible distortion with the audio content. RDS still comes through fine.


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.20
PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:19 pm 
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What is Kantar Watermarking used for? it says that I need SnapLiveAudioEmbedderSDK.dll, I don't have it?

BTW: you think you could add UECP Decoder or you can recomend one?, something like RDS Spy but for UECP


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.20
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:34 am 
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What is Kantar Watermarking used for?
For audience measurement, see https://www.kantarmedia.com/

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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.20
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:40 am 
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I've found a potential issue with MicroMPX on Raspberry Pi for this version. I'm sending audio with StereoTool 9.21 on Windows.

The receiver is on Raspian Jessie
Linux rpi-rd2 4.9.35-v7+ #1014 SMP Fri Jun 30 14:47:43 BST 2017 armv7l GNU/Linux

Version 9.11 on Raspian Jessie works well. Version 9.20 has audible distortion with the audio content. RDS still comes through fine.
Confirmed. Fix is on its way.


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 Post subject: Re: Stereo Tool 9.20
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:59 am 

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For audience measurement, see https://www.kantarmedia.com/
Sounds dangerous.
How would that work? One would need to use a special player that could read the watermark and then report it back over the internet to kantar. Why would any user use such a player?


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