[linux-audio-dev] [ANN] Ecasound 2.3.4 released

Kai Vehmanen kai.vehmanen at wakkanet.fi
Thu Oct 28 19:09:09 EDT 2004


Hello everybody,

it's again time for a new Ecasound release. Full details follow:

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1. Summary of changes

Serious bugs in multitrack sync code, ECI C implementation and
big-endian platform support have been fixed. Support has been 
added for input and output of FLAC, AAC and M4A files. Improvements 
have been made to both FreeBSD and Mac OS X support. Many minor
improvements to ECI implementations and user documentation.

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2. What is Ecasound?

Ecasound is a software package designed for multitrack audio
processing. It can be used for simple tasks like audio playback, 
recording and format conversions, as well as for multitrack effect 
processing, mixing, recording and signal recycling. Ecasound supports 
a wide range of audio inputs, outputs and effect algorithms. 
Effects and audio objects can be combined in various ways, and their
parameters can be controlled by operator objects like oscillators 
and MIDI-CCs. A versatile console mode user-interface is included 
in the package.

Primary platform for running Ecasound is GNU/Linux. Ecasound can 
also be run on many UNIX-derived systems such as FreeBSD, Mac OS X 
and Solaris. Limited support for Windows is available through 
Cygwin. Ecasound is licensed under the GPL. The Ecasound Control 
Interface (ECI) is licensed under the LGPL.

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3. Changes since last release

* FLAC support added. The 'flac' tools is used for both
  encoding and decoding.

* AAC/M4A/MP4 support added. The 'faad' and 'faac' tools are used
  for encoding and decoding.

* Improved support for both FreeBSD and Mac OS X. Ecasound should now
  compile out-of-the-box on recent releases of these systems.

* A critical bug was fixed in multitrack-offset calculation code.
  This bug was triggered by ALSA devices that limit playback 
  period count to two (for example rme9652 and cs4281).

* Minor fixes to both mp3 and ogg input support.

* Many improvements to the C ECI implementation: Bug which caused 
  losses of sync between clients and the engine was fixed. Float 
  return values are now returned with higher precision. These 
  improvements affect all ECI implementations that are based on
  libecasoundc (Perl, Python, PHP interfaces).

Full list of changes is available at 
<http://www.wakkanet.fi/~kaiv/ecasound/history.html>.

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4. Interface and configuration file changes

None.

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5. Contributors

Patches - Accepted code, documentation and build system changes

	Jesse Chappell (5) -- Bugfix to sync-loss problem in C ECI impl,
			      improvements to libsndfile support and other
			      bugfixes.
	Sean Bolton (1) -- MacOS X compability patch
	Adam Linson (1) -- ecasound-iam(1) update
	Kai Vehmanen () -- various

Bug Hunting - Reports that led to bugfixes (items closed)

	Eric Dantan Rzewnicki (2) -- bugs in FLAC support, manpage errors
	Jesse Chappell (1) -- Bugs in C ECI impl.
	Winkler Paul (1) -- error in engine state after 'run'

Feature suggestions - Ideas that led to new features (items)

	Didier Bellamy -- AAC input/output support

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6. Links and files
   
Web sites:
	http://www.eca.cx
	http://www.eca.cx/ecasound

Source packages:
	http://ecasound.seul.org/download
	http://ecasound.seul.org/download/ecasound-2.3.4.tar.gz
	md5sum: 4d8e319b6c231acfe4884cc24114cace

Distributions with maintained Ecasound support:
	See http://www.wakkanet.fi/~kaiv/ecasound/download.html

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