What is new in the latest SynthFont2 versions?

Version 2.5.0.2:
Bug fixes:
- Since 2.5.0.0 SynthFont2 has persistently insisted on opening the MIDI demo file “33H_R&P” when starting up
- Missing support for color scheme “Tablet Dark”
Version 2.5.0.1:
Bug fixes:
- Due to an unfortunate change (bug?) in the compiler used since version 2.3.2.0, the PianoRoll smooth scrolling mode would break up during playback when placing the mouse pointer above the vertical scrollbar, if a color scheme was applied. Because of this, the scrollbars are now not themed.
- A change was made in version 2.5.0.0 to better support installation on removable media, resulting in that the program freshly installed in the normal way (i.e. in Windows write protected Program Files folder) did not work.
Version 2.5.0.0:
Bug fixes:
The “Charcoal Dark Slate” color scheme didn’t look right
- The Setup program would not let you choose a folder for the installation. Neither was it easy to install on a removable disk medium
- The button “To Speakers” in box “Start playback” on page “1 Files / Folders” was wired to “To Files”
- Fixed a number of bugs in relation to retrieving Karaoke Lyrics, for example, SynthFont2 did not correctly handle Lyrics distributed over several tracks. Lyrics can be encoded in two ways and sometimes SynthFont2 did not find the correct one.

New features
- The Karaoke Lyrics window can now have a colored background - see “Color for window background”
- New choice in file open dialogue for VST plugins – checkbox at the bottom: “Show only new (unregistered) plugins” - to make it easy to find new plugins to add
- The SoundFont Override feature (shortcut CTRL+D) has been improved: you can now save Override setups in separate files (with the extension “.sf2ovr”). The choice of file will be remembered between runs and can also be saved in the Arrangement file.
Version 2.4.0.1:
Bug fixes:
- The preset selection for the internal reverb effect MVeerb did not change during playback although the user prompted for it (since version 2.2.4.1)
- MVeerb could occasionally cause sound disruption (since 2.2.1.1)
- You could not move playback position while in Pause mode
- Some MIDI Continuous Controller messages could be lost when starting playback from a position after these messages

New features
- Support for sending MIDI out to a COM port, introduced in version 2.4.0.0,  has been further improved. Among other things, this feature made SynthFont2 slower at start-up and when the main window was re-activated.
- Also improved support for output to standard MIDI port
- When playing to both an external device through a port (MIDI or COM) and the internal playback engine, you can set the latency for the internal playback engine to correspond to the latency (if any) of the external device to keep playback in sync. See Setup, Options, Playback.
Version 2.4.0.0:
Bug fixes:
- The MIDI out (to a port) feature has been quite badly implemented and is much improved in this version.
- When looping a MIDI file,  the Pianoroll playback was not in sync (since version 2.1.0.0)
- A rather large number of other minor bugs and annoyances fixed

New features:
- MIDI out can now be sent to a serial COM port as well as a standard MIDI out port. This is handy if you have a device connected to the PC through an emulated COM port, for example using a USB to serial converter. Be sure to set the Baud Rate at first. See left image.
- You can now change the MIDI program for multiple melodic tracks in one go. See right image. The three tracks selected will receive the same MIDI program. Note that the fourth track cannot be included as it is a percussion track.
Version 2.3.2.0:
Bug fixes:
- The context sensitive menu activated by the right mouse button in the tracks list (in “Plug & Play”) would not open
- Enter registration details by pasting did not work (copy the contents of the registration email and press the "Paste text" button)
- Some GIGA files were not correctly handled
- Fixed some issue when a standard MIDI track has been assigned to a MIDI channel from the extended range
- Track coded for percussion and assigned a SoundFont lacking any percussion presets was not read back from the arrangement correctly. SoundFont replaced by the default.
- Some other reported bugs fixed.

New features:
- Option to stop playback immediately at end mark. Look in "Plug & Play", "Other options" and "Other tools and options" to the far right.
- The Copy/Paste/Move tool has been raised to a top level page
- New options for program caption in "Setup an Option", page "Options" (See image) If "Show path and file name" selected, the text will be compressed to fit the caption.
If "Show path and file name" selected, the text will be compressed to fit the caption.
- Markers area above Pianoroll graph has changed functionality. To the left is  new help button [?]
- Vertical zoom tool in Pianoroll has changed. New "Fit" button - useful with high res screen
Version 2.3.1.1:
Bug fixes:
- Version 2.3.0.0 introduced a bug: could not read play/mute status from arrangement
- The new feature introduced in 2.3.0.0 to allow SynthFont2 to start playback when evoked with a file parameter was enabled even if the Option checkbox was unchecked.
- Some
other reported bugs fixed.
Version 2.3.1.0:
Bug fixes:
- After inserting new MIDI events into a track with the MIDI channel set to the extended range 16..31  (starting at 0), saving the file would cause the file to be corrupted.
- Did not read tracks layers from an arrangement (since version 2.2.4.0)
- File output separate channels to files did not work (since version 2.3.0.0)
- Some other reported bugs fixed.

New features:

- The number of internal MIDI channels has been increased to 64 from 32 (as in SynthFont1, version 1.740). Channels in the range 32..63 (starting at 0) are reserved for track layers. The range 16..31 can still be freely assigned to any standard MIDI track.
- Edit track name has a new feature - you can revert the name back to the one saved in the MIDI file (as in SynthFont1, version 1.740)
- MIDI Registered Parameter messages comprise a group of four MIDI events, RP Fine, RP Coarse, Data Fine and Data Coarse. These events can now be in random order. Registered Parameter is used to defined Pitch Wheel Factor and Master Fine/Coarse Tuning
Version 2.3.0.0:
Bug fixes
- The metronome did not work when using a sound in a SoundFont
- Using long file names when writing audio tracks for the separate MIDI channels didn't always work
- A few more random bugs fixed.

New features
- A search button in most file open or save dialog boxes (not in Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 versions) to search for files in the current folder and sub-folders (see image 1)
- You can now pan the metronome left/right (image 2)
- VST plugins are now allowed to resize the editor window, using the dispatch method audioMasterSizeWindow
- SynthFont2 32 bit version can handle most 64 bit VST plugins and vice versa through bridging However, the recommendation is to use the same architecture plugin as the host. The menu window for assigning a plugin now contains checkboxes to select which architectures you want to see listed to choose from (image 3)
- New option: have SynthFont2 start playing immediately, upon startup, when a MIDI or an arrangement file is passed to it as a parameter from within Windows. You can pass a file using "Open with..." in Explorer or drag a file onto the SynthFont2 executable file or a shortcut (e.g. on the desktop). See Setup | Options | General for a switch (image 4).

User interface
- SynthFont2 is now almost 100% compatible with displays having higher resolution (DPI) than the standard 96 - for example 4K and UHD. Some UI controls have changed because of this; for example, some buttons have been replaced by checkboxes.
File Open Search Box
Metronome Pan
Start Playback
VST Architecture Choice
Version 2.2.4.1:
Bug fixes
- Version 2.2.4.0 introduced: "I cannot write to audio file. When I change the destination folder the 'Save' button is disabled."

- Fixed some other file dialog related issues as well.
Version 2.2.4.0:
Bug fixes
- Just a few random bugs fixed.

New features
- The tracks list has been redesigned. Instead of a checkbox to switch playback on/off for a track, there is now a button labeled "M", for "Mute". Next to it there
is another new button, labeled "S", for "Solo". See image:
This example contains two track layers for track 2. Note that the "S" buttons for layers has a different color. The behavior is also different: if you activate Solo mode for a layer, it will be Solo only within the track, like this (see image):
- Arrangement alternatives - this is a very simple feature. You can have several arrangements for one particular MIDI file. This feature makes it easy to switch between them:
Version 2.2.3.2:
Bug fixes
- "Play to file" function created zero length files if you had VST effects enabled

- A few other reported bugs fixed.

New feature

- You can now set the desired BPM value directly using up/down arrows. The original method of using a factor value still works. NOTE: a factor is required in order to scale ALL tempo (BPM) values in the file accordingly. 
Version 2.2.3.1:
Bug fixes
- Didn't work in 2.2.3.0: Getting the output folder for playing a playlist to files.
- A few other minor bugs
Version 2.2.3.0:
Bug fixes
- The Wet/Dry mix for VST effects in the VST editor window didn
t work correctly.
- A few other reported bugs fixed.

New features
- Improved support for Windows XP
new file open/save dialogs.
Other
- Page
2 Pianoroll; the graphical Continuous Controller editor has been slightly changed: for CC events that are ON/OFF in nature for example #64 Hold Pedal you must now set the ON/OFF status (see image) before inserting an event into the graph. You can now also erase these events by using the Erase tool from the Draw drop-down list of tools.
Version 2.2.2.0:
Bug fixes
- Quite a few reported bugs fixed!
- Improved support for VST instruments, especially improved support for "bridging", i.e. using 32 bit VSTs in the 64 bit program version, and vice versa.
- Both the 32 bit and the 64 bit versions now support extraction of SoundFonts from sfArk files
- Changing the playback position by clicking in the mini Pianoroll didn't always work correctly
- Play to channel files when a VST instrument was set for a channel caused a crash

New features
- Introduced a scripting or macro language feature. Please read separate document for more information.
- Much improved support for using VST instruments as SoundFont overrides. NOTE: VST instruments may be wired to accept MIDI events on certain MIDI channels only (typically the first channel). Either you change the settings in the VST to "omni" mode, or you switch on the "Force to MIDI channel 0" in the VST edit window. See image:
Other
- When playing from a list the priority was by default set to low (slow) - good if you want to do other stuff on the PC at the same time, but not so good when creating hundreds of audio files. There is a new checkbox for this option; "Play in the background (slow)":
NOTE: This option is always turned off when playing to the speakers in order to avoid sound "hiccups".
Version 2.2.1.1 and 2.2.1.0:
Version 2.2.1.1
Bug fixes
- A few reported bugs fixed

Other
- The 64 bit version has now been optimized and is as fast as (but not faster than) the 32 bit version.

Version 2.2.1.0
Bug fixes
- Since 2.1.0.0, MP3 files did not contain tags

- Since 2.1.0.0, “Fade Out” in “Other options” did not work
- Since 2.1.0.0, OGG files where not extracted for SFZ files
- Since 2.1.0.0, playback of SFZ files not always working
- Fixed a bug in the function for moving notes in time (Pianoroll)
- Playback buffer size was too small for speaker output, which could cause random stuttering in the audio (for speakers only). The buffer size shown in Options was wrong (too large).

User interface
- Selection of notes in the Pianoroll graph by drawing a rectangle has been made smoother and with better scrolling.
- A few other UI glitches has been fixed as well.
Version 2.2.0.0:
Bug fixes
- Normalizing audio files to max peak level did not work in 2.1.0.0

- VST plugins lacking an inbuilt editor did not show anything in the edit window of the 64 bit version
- The choice to play VST effects in mix (50%/50%) mode did not work. A new improved mix mode has been created (see below)
- The inbuilt reverb – called Reveerb – had an unfortunate bug making it sound weird (since 2.1.0.0)
- The inbuilt SoundFont editor “Viena” crashed on start-up. Also fixed a few other “Viena” related bugs on par with ones fixed in the stand-alone version of Viena.
- ASIO was not well supported in version 2.1.0.0
- Pitch Wheel broken since 2.1.0.0
- Many other minor bugs have been cleared.

New features

- You can now choose to have two controller views side by side. See image below.
- New mix mode for VST effects. See image below.
- Three new visual themes: “Charcoal Dark Slate”, “Cobalt XEMedia” and “Onyx Blue”
- One alternative model for the inbuilt reverb. It is called MVeerb and is based on MVerb by Martin Eastwood. It sounds better than the original Reveerb model which is fast (less CPU hungry) but has a somewhat metallic sound. See image below.

Other
- The Continuous Controller # 123, “All Notes Off” used to turn of all notes, for all MIDI channels. The new behaviour is to turn off all notes only for the selected channel.
Click on a check box item in "Show here". For example "VU meters"
To remove the side view, click the button in the middle with a red cross.
New mix mode for VST effects. In this example 65% Wet and 35% Dry signal will be mixed.
MVeerb is an alternative model for the inbuilt reverb.
Version 2.1.0.0:
Bug fixes
- The usual range of minor bugs eliminated.

New features:
- SynthFont2 now comes in two flavours: a 32 bit version (the “old” SynthFont2) and a 64 bit version (the new SynthFont2x64). Both versions are able to use VST plugins of any architecture. The 64 bit version can use 64 bit plugins natively and 32 bit plugins through the included VST Bridge (SFVST32TO64). The 32 bit version can use 32 bit plugins natively and 64 bit plugins through another VST Bridge (SFVST64TO32).
Version 2.0.7.0:
Bug fixes:
- The usual range of suspects lined up and killed.

New features:
1: There is a new tool for editing MIDI files. It is called  "Advanced Copy/Paste". This tool lets you copy, paste, move delete blocks of MIDI events between tracks. You can display this tool by pressing the button Copy/Paste to the right of the toolbar above the tracks on page Plug & Play:
On the this web site you can find a PDF file with instructions on how to use this tool. Click here to read it.

2: You can now assign a VST instrument as a SoundFont Override (CTRL+D), like this:
3: You can now include folders as items in a Favorites playlist:
4: The Scale Tuning function (Plug & Play | Other options) now supports the use of SCALA files for any odd microtonal scale (see e.g. this web site: http://www.huygens-fokker.org/scala/)

5. In Pianoroll | Batch edit there is a new button "Snap / Quantize notes". Use it to move notes to certain bounderies ("Snap") and /or change the length to closest standard length.
6. Full support for the MIDI event polyphonic key pressure (aka Key Aftertouch).Key Aftertouch may be sent by your keyboard on a key-by-key basis as you change the pressure on individual keys. You can now insert Key Aftertouch events either using the "Add new event" button on page Midi events, or by drawing lines in the Controllers graph in Pianoroll.

7. New button "Edit text" on page Midi events. You can use it for example to edit Karaoke Lyrics.

8. Improved handling of maximum voice count (polyphony).

9. Custom values for mixer Volume, Pan, Dynamics, Transpose and Low Pass Filter amount through new buttons: one button in the Standard Mixer header and five buttons on the Plug & Play | Track edit page.
Version 2.0.6.2:
Bug fixes
- Version 2.0.6.1 introduced a really silly bug: note velocities were not used.
- Version 2.0.6.1 introduced another really silly bug: Pitch Wheel value was not used for new notes.
- The Search and Replace feature on the “Midi events” has been broken for some time.
Version 2.0.6.1:
Bug fixes
- Since version 2.0.5.4 SynthFont2 playback has been “sluggish” and randomly causing very short brakes in the speaker output (file output has not been compromised). This version tries to correct this annoying issue,
- The Karaoke Lyrics feature introduced in 2.0.6.0 has not been perfect. This version makes an attempt to remedy the issues found.
- The list of markers in the Pianoroll has also had some problems since 2.0.6.0. Fixed now.
- In live input mode from a MIDI port, adding or removing VST effects during playback had no impact.
- In Pianoroll, hitting a key on the virtual keyboard would sometimes prevent you from drawing new notes.
- Some other minor report bugs fixed as well.
Version 2.0.6.0:
Bug fixes
- Since version 2.0.4.0, the program could not play an arrangement containing an audio (wav-file) track.
- As always – the usual range of minor bugs and annoyances removed.

New features:
- The Karaoke Lyrics window now has support for chords, encoded in the MIDI file using Yamaha's proprietary FX encoding system.
- SynthFont2 makes an attempt to determine the key signature of the MIDI file when loaded. The key signature may also be encoded as a META event in the file, but the signature determined by the software may not be the same. The key signature is only shown at the bottom of the Pianoroll page. NOTE: the signature is for your information only; it is not used anywhere in SynthFont2.

- The list of Markers to the left on the Pianoroll page has some new features: 1) in Setup and Options you can tell SynthFont2 to always sort them automatically in increasing time order. If you do not switch this function on, you have the option to manually move markers you have created using drag and drop. 2) Double-click on a marker to edit the name and the time.

- You can now let SynthFont2 set the range of notes shown in the “mini Pianoroll” windows on both the Pianoroll page and the Plug & Play page. Use the right mouse button for an option menu.

- On the Plug & Play page, you can now resize the “mini Pianoroll” by dragging the new divider bar below the graph.

- Tentative new feature: The Advanced Playlist, found in Files & Folders. Use this script-based feature to automatically create a range of audio files for one or more MIDI files. For example, a choir manager can create audio files for various combination of voice volume levels; “solo” = all voices (=tracks) muted except one, “half-solo” = all voices set at half volume level (or any other) except one, “missing” = all voices sounding at defined volume level except one, which remains silent. See the include file "AdvancedPlaylistExample.txt" for more information.