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ZMac's SoundSmith 1.1.3 Release Notes

© Copyright 1995 Jeff Moore & Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., All rights reserved.

Legal Speak
You may make copies for personal use. You may NOT upload this utility to any online service, network, bulletin board, or the Internet. You may NOT make copies for any comercial purpose. Distribution is limited to Ziff Communications online services and electronic publishing projects. This software is provided "as is" and in no event shall Jeff Moore or Ziff-Davis Publishing Co. be liable for any damages.

Purpose
This drag and drop application will convert from one sound file format to another optionally changing the sample rate, byte depth, number of channels, start point and end point. Note that SoundSmith is also scriptable and recordable via AppleScript. See the application dictionary for more information.

System Requirements
Processor: 68020, 68030, 68040, PPC601
RAM: 1MB
Minimum System Required: System 7.1, ObjectSupportLib (PowerMacs only), for Audio CDs: Apple CD-ROM driver 4.0, Foreign File Access 4.0 (with the Audio CD translator) & QuickTime 1.5
Recommended System: System 7.5, ObjectSupportLib (PowerMacs only), for Audio CDs: Apple CD-ROM driver 5.0.1. Foreign File Access 5.0 (with the Audio CD translator) & QuickTime 2.0
Disk Space: more

PowerMac Users Only
If you don't already have the ObjectSupportLib installed, place the ObjectSupportLib into your Extensions folder on your startup drive. Do this by dragging and dropping the ObjectSupportLib file onto the closed System Folder icon in the Finder.

Supported Formats
-Sound Designer II (file type: 'Sd2f')
-Audio CD (file type: 'trak', read only)
-AIFF (file type: 'AIFF')
-Microsoft WAVE (file type: 'WAVE')
-System 7 Sound Files (file type: 'sfil')
-QuickTime Movies (file type: 'MooV')

Dialog

How To Use
1. Find an audio file that you want to process that is in one of the above formats.

2. Drag and drop the file's icon on the application's icon.
- or -
Launch the application and select "Open..." from the File menu.

3. Use the dialog that comes up to adjust the parameters of the process.

4. Use the play back controls to listen to the sound.

5. Click on "Apply" to apply the current settings to the current file.
- or -
Click on "Apply to all" to apply the current settings to all the pending files.
- or -
Click on "Skip" to skip processing the current file.
- or -
Click on "Skip All" to skip the current file and all pending files.

6. Use the ensuing Standard File dialog to choose where to save the output.

While using the transform dialog keep the following in mind:
1. All times are given in samples
3. Any sample rate between 1 and 100000 samples per second is valid.
4. Cropping doesn't apply to multiple files (ie. when you hit "Apply to all," the cropping setting does not apply to the following files).
5. When you select "Apply to all", the application uses the chosen directory to save all the following files.
6. When entering numbers into the edit text items, the value doesn't become "active" until either a click occurs outside of the edit text box or the Enter or Return key is pressed.

A word about Audio CDs
In order to read audio data stored on an Audio CD, you must have either the Apple CD-ROM driver or a driver that is 100% compatible. Also required is the Foreign File Access system extension with its Audio CD support file. I recommend version 5.0.1 or later of these pieces of software for best results. If you get an error while trying to access an Audio CD, it most likely means that you are either missing one of the above pieces of software or you do not have the correct version.

Also note that the conversion dialog is slightly different for Audio CDs. All times in this dialog are in minutes and seconds (it isn't possible to access Audio CDs at the sample level). Other than this minor difference the dialog functions basically the same.

Known Bugs
-can only convert Audio CD audio to QuickTime movies (with QuickTime 1.6.1 and earlier) or AIFF files (with QuickTime 2.0)

Mechanisms that are known to work:
-Apple CD300 (all varieties)
-Sony 561, 7811, and 55S
-Toshiba 3401 and higher numbers
-Plextor 4X
-NEC 3x and 4x models

Mechanisms known not to work:
-Apple CD SC (all varieties)
-Apple CD150
-most single speed mechanisms

Chart indicating sound quality and file size for some common hardware
(note: file size is indicated in units of megabytes per minute of audio)
Quality | Sample Rate | Bit Depth | # Channels | File Size|
CD audio | 44100 | 16 | 2 | 10 |
Mac IIci* | 22254.545 | 8 | 1 | 1.25 |
Mac Q605* | 22254.545 | 8 | 2 | 2.5 |
PowerMac* | 44100 | 16 | 2 | 10 |
Mac Q840AV*| 44100 | 16 | 2 | 10 |
* = stats for capability of built in hardware

Version History
1.1.3, 4/2/95
-fixed a math bug that occasionally caused glitches when doing sample rate conversion

1.1.2, 3/29/95
-found some initialization code that was inadvertantly left commented out (caused -2020 errors when reading from an audio CD)
-fixed some miscellaneous cosmetic bugs

1.1.1, 3/24/95
-fixed major flaw in the logic of the translation from 16 bits to 8 bits and from 8 bits to 16 bits

1.1, 3/13/95
-added QuickTime support of sorts (doesn't support direct cropping and previewing and can only output AIFF files)

1.0.1b1, 2/12/95
-added support for recursively processing folders and disks
-fixed nasty crash bug that occurred when cetain limit case errors occured

1.0, 1/27/95
-changed Byte Depth to Bit Depth
-changed Byte Depth & Number of Channels edit text items into pop up menus
-fixed the problem with saving the output file over the input file

1.0b9, 1/26/95
-fixed some problems with the PowerMac implementation

1.0b8, 1/26/95
-did some code optimization
-fixed some bugs related to optimization
-added a pop up that enters common sample rates
-made the entire start and end indicators active for dragging
-turned on compiler optimization

1.0b7, 1/25/95
-Added System 7 Sound File support
-Fixed play back bugs that dealt with updating the current indicators and looping
-Fixed dealing with 8 bit files

1.0b6, 1/24/95
-Added WAVE support
-reverted to original QuickTime based Audio CD handling

1.0b5, 1/23/95
-Added AIFF support
-fixed more playback bugs
-fixed a few translation bugs

1.0b4, 1/20/94
-fixed a few playback bugs

1.0b3, 1/19/94
-added Audio CD support
-fixed several bugs in the playback code

1.0b2, 1/13/95
-fixed bug that caused non 8 bit mono files to playback incorrectly
-adjusted playback buffers for better performance on slower machines
-hooked up range slider to file player
-fixed some miscellaneous control bugs
-app now quits when started by a drop from the Finder

1.0b1, 1/12/95
-initial release

Contacting the Author
Please report all bugs to:

Jeff Moore
Internet: JCM10@aol.com
America Online: JCM10

Distribution Information
ZMac's SoundSmith is © Copyright 1995 Jeff Moore & Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., All rights reserved. ZMac's SoundSmith is distributed as Ziffware, and is NOT public domain or shareware. You may make copies for personal use. You may NOT upload this utility to any online service, network, bulletin board, or the Internet. You may NOT make copies for any commercial purpose. Distribution is limited to Ziff Communications online services and electronic publishing projects.

If you obtained ZMac's SoundSmith from any source other than MacUser, ZiffNet/Mac or a Ziff-Davis Publishing division please contact:

ZiffNet/Mac
301 Howard Street, 15th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
USA

ZiffNet/CompuServe: 72511,75
Internet: 72511.75@compuserve.com

Limitations of Remedies
THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS. IN NO EVENT SHALL JEFF MOORE OR ZIFF-DAVIS PUBLISHING COMPANY (HEREAFTER "COPYRIGHT HOLDERS") BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT OR SIMILAR DAMAGES, INCLUDING ANY LOST PROFITS OR LOST DATA ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SOFTWARE OR ANY DATA SUPPLIED THEREWITH EVEN IF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, OR FOR ANY CLAIM BY ANY OTHER PARTY.

SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

IN NO CASE SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS' LIABILITY EXCEED THE PURCHASE PRICE FOR THE SOFTWARE.


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