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NoiZe Version 3 Release Notes

Latest Version | Recent Updates | What's New

Latest Version

The latest version of NoiZe is Version 3.21

See what's new in the latest version.

You can check to see which version of NoiZe you are running by selecting the About menu item from the Help menu of your NoiZe program.

NOTE: NoiZe Version 3.21 is a free upgrade to all registered users of NoiZe Version 3.00 and later. Simply download and install the Version 3.21 installation file, and enter your current Serial Number and Registration Key when asked to register your new version.


Recent Updates

Version 3.21

There are no current updates to NoiZe Version 3.21.

Version 3.20

The following updates to NoiZe Version 3.20 are now available:
2003-11-11
Alesis QSR and EMu Proteus 2000 Librarian Modules
The Alesis QSR and EMu Proteus 2000 Librarian Modules have been added to the user contributed Librarian Modules file (contributed by Keith Clayton).

Version 3.00

The following updates to NoiZe Version 3.00 are now available:
2002-10-18
Roland MT-32 Editor Module Version 1.01
Version 1.01 of the MT-32 Editor Module fixes a bug in the MT-32 Timbre Editor where the address of the Timbre in the MT-32 was not being set properly.


What's New in Version 3

We've added several new features and enhancements to NoiZe to make it even easier to manage your SysEx data and control your studio using your computer.

Version 3.21

Version 3.20

These are some of the more visible changes that were made in Version 3.20:

Version 3.00

These are some of the more visible changes that were made in Version 3.00: Click on the above links for a more detailed discussion of each feature.


Details

Fixed: Error loading 16-bit Librarian Module editor files in 32-bit version

Fixed a problem where editors that were created with certain 16-bit Librarian Modules and then migrated to the 32-bit version of NoiZe would not load properly.

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Added Alesis QSR and EMu Proteus 2000 Librarian Modules

The Alesis QSR and EMu Proteus 2000 Librarian Modules have been added to the user contributed Librarian Modules file (contributed by Keith Clayton).

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Support for 32-bit Windows - Windows XP, 2000, NT, 98, and 95

Starting with Version 3.20, NoiZe is fully compatible with the latest 32-bit Windows operating systems. You can now install and run NoiZe Version 3.20 and later on Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT4, Windows ME, Windows 98, and Windows 95.

However, this means that NoiZe Version 3.20 and later will not run on any version of Windows prior to Windows 95. If you are running Windows 3.1 or Windows 3.11 for Workgroups, you should stay with NoiZe Version 3.0, which runs as a 16-bit application on Windows 3.1, Windows 3.11, Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows ME. Please contact Terzoid Software for availability.

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Automatic Retry When SysEx Receives Time Out

NoiZe will now automatically retry the most recent Fetch operation if it times out while waiting to receive a SysEx message from an instrument. This will be the most helpful to those whose MIDI interfaces lose bytes during SysEx message transfers. So, now if NoiZe is fetching a bank of 64 patches but a byte gets dropped on the 50th patch, NoiZe will automatically discard the incomplete 50th patch, and retry from that point instead of starting over at the beginning. This makes unattended full-project sends and fetches much more reliable and hassle free, even with flaky MIDI interfaces.

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Functional Time-Limited Trail Version

The downloadable demo is now a functional time-limited trail version of NoiZe. It uses real live MIDI communications and allows you to install and use the actual NoiZe Editor Modules, so you can install it on your system and try it out with your own instruments. It is no longer just a demo!

You can also convert your downloaded trial version into a registered permanent version by simply purchasing a Serial Number and Registration Key from Terzoid Software.

Once you have entered your Serial Number and Registration Key into the Register Program Dialog, your trial version of NoiZe will be converted into a registered permanent version and is ready to use. There's nothing else to download and no waiting for a shipment to arrive in the mail.

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New Editor Module Format

The format of the files that contain the interface definitions for an Editor Module has been changed to simplify the installation and management of Editor Modules. Previous versions of NoiZe had a directory for each Instrument Editor Module, which contained individual interface definition files for each Interface, the String Table for the Editor Module, the Instrument Help file, and various auxiliary data files.

This version consolidates the individual interface definition files and the various auxiliary data files into one composite interface definition file. In addition, the Editor Module files are no longer stored in a separate directory. All Editor Module files are now stored in the main NoiZe instrument directory (typically C:\Noize\Instrum) using the name of the instrument as the base portion of the filename. The composite interface definition file has a file extension of .nze, the String Table has a file extension of .nzs, and the Instrument Help file has a file extension of .hlp.

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Editor Module Package Files

NoiZe Editor Modules are now distributed as Editor Module Package Files, or EmPacks. Each Editor Module Package File is a single composite file which contains compressed versions of all of the files that make up an Editor Module (see above). This is very similar to .zip files or other compressed archive files you may be familiar with, and provides a convenient way for us to distribute Editor Modules as a single file. EmPack Files are named using the name of the instrument as the base portion of the filename with a file extension of .nzm.

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Install Editor Modules

NoiZe now has the ability to install Editor Modules from Editor Module Package Files (see above). This gives you the ability to download new or updated EmPacks from our WebSite or to exchange them via email or removable disks. As new Editor Modules are developed, we will make them available as EmPacks on our WebSite. In addition, this is the first part of allowing users to create their own Editor Modules.

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NoiZe:Lib can use Editor Modules

NoiZe:Lib also has the ability to install Editor Modules from Editor Module Package Files (see above). This allows NoiZe:Lib users to use the communication facilities of any available NoiZe Editor Module. This doesn't provide the ability to edit parameters using the Editor Modules (that's what NoiZe is for), it simply means that you can use the Editor Modules as if they were Librarian Modules.

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Currently Installed Instruments Dialog

The Currently Installed Instruments Dialog was added to allow you to see which Editor Modules and Librarian Modules are currently installed on your system. This will help you determine if you have the latest available versions already installed, or if you need to download and install and update.

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New Librarian Module Options

Some additional options were added to Librarian Modules to help make it easier to support a wider array of instruments.
  • Librarian Modules now have a separate option indicating whether or not to send a Bank Select message as part of a Program Change operation. In previous versions, NoiZe determined whether or not to send the Bank Select message based on whether a Bank Number was used in the Comm Operations.

  • Librarian Modules now have the option to not store the SysEx header and trailer in the data buffer. In previous versions, the SysEx header and trailer were always stored in the data buffer.

  • Librarian Modules now have the option to not send an F7 at the end of each message. Previous versions would always force outgoing messages to end with an F7 byte.

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Drag and Drop Patches Between Banks

In addition to the ability to drag and drop Patches within a Bank provided by previous versions of NoiZe, Bank Views now provide the ability to drag and drop Patches between compatible Banks. Previous versions of NoiZe required that you use the Between Banks Dialog to exchange Patches between compatible Banks. Now rearranging Patches between Banks is just as easy as rearranging Patches within a Bank.

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Drag and Drop Items in Project Views and Library Views

Project Views and Library Views now provide the ability to move and copy items using drag and drop. The following drag and drop operations are supported:
  • Rearrange the order of the Instruments within a Project
  • Rearrange the order of the Editors within an Instrument in a Project
  • Copy Editors between Projects and Libraries

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Drag and Drop Mode Dynamically Follows State of Shift and Ctrl Keys

The mode of a drag and drop operation (move, copy, or swap) can now be changed dynamically by pressing or releasing the Shift and Ctrl keys while the item(s) are being dragged. In previous versions, the mode of the drag and drop operation was determined by the state of the Shift and Ctrl keys when the drag operation was started. This is especially useful if you disable the Confirm Drag and Drop option on the Preferences Dialog to disable the Bank Drag and Drop Confirmation Dialog.

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Initialize Parameters Command

The Initialize Parameters Command was added to allow you to reset selected (or all) parameters to the values they have when a new Editor is created. This is convenient when creating Banks of Patches from scratch.

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Export Patch Names

Bank Views can now export Patch Names to a file on any drive. Previous versions required the destination file to reside on the same drive as NoiZe.

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Tab/Shift+Tab Crosses Editor Panes

A minor change in behavior was made to the behavior of the Tab and Shift+Tab keys used to cycle though the Editor Controls within an Editor Pane. In this version, pressing Tab from the last control in a Pane will advance to the first control in the next Pane. Likewise, pressing Shift+Tab from the first control in a Pane will now advance to the last control in the prior Pane.

In previous versions, pressing Tab from the last control in a Pane would advance to the first control on the same Pane instead of moving to the next Pane. Likewise, pressing Shift+Tab from the first control in a Pane would advance to the last control on the same Pane.

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New Button on Open Project/Library Dialog

You can now open the Create New Project or Create New Library dialog directly from the Open Project or Open Library dialog by clicking the New button. This is a shortcut that you can use when you want to open an existing Project or Library, and then decide to create a new one instead.

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Define Keywords Button on Select Keywords Dialog

You can now open the Define Keywords Dialog directly from the Select Keyword Dialog by clicking the Define Keywords button. This is a shortcut that you can use when you want to assign a keyword to an Editor that isn't already defined.

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