As of the release of version 3.0 in
March 2017, Sonic Visualiser has been continuously
developed and maintained in the Centre for Digital
Music at Queen Mary, University of London for about
This release is one of the most
substantial updates the application has ever had. In
addition to several new features, it includes a
number of technical changes to core functions that
should enable them to maintain a modern and useful
application in the years to come.
Some new features you might like:
- Audio recording.
As well as working with local and online audio
files, you can now record from the microphone or
other audio inputs directly into Sonic Visualiser.
The choice of audio device for both recording and
playback can be changed in the Preferences.
- Retina and Hi-DPI support. Previous
versions had only limited support for retina or
other very high-resolution displays. This release
provides complete retina-resolution layer rendering
on the Mac, and proper scaling and display of UI
elements with high-resolution displays on other
- SVG export. You can now export layers in
the scalable SVG image format as well as PNG.
- Improved support for very long audio files.
Sonic Visualiser can now handle files longer than
232 sample frames. This applies to 64-bit builds
only, but for the first time ever, the default build
for Windows is a 64-bit one (other platforms had
64-bit builds already in previous releases).
- New colour scales and normalisations,
with new colour scale default settings in the
Behind the scenes there has been a
major overhaul in many areas of rendering, plugin
transform, and audio and file handling code. This
release is also substantially more robust in its
handling of Vamp audio analysis plugins than
previous versions. It should now be impossible for
an incompatible or crashing Vamp plugin to crash
Sonic Visualiser with it. Also, the 64-bit Windows
build is now able to load both 32-bit and 64-bit
plugins, making it compatible with all the existing
32-bit Vamp plugins available for download.