Awave Studio v8.5

What Can Awave Studio Do?

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Awave Studio is a multipurpose audio tool that reads a veritable host of audio carrying file formats from different platforms, synthesizers, and trackers. It can be used in a variety of ways: as an audio file format converter, an audio editor, an audio and MIDI player, and, last but not least, a wavetable synthesizer instrument editor and converter.

Here are just a few examples of possible uses:

  • Do you have a strange audio file that you want to use but can’t figure out how to convert it into any sensible format that can be used by the programs you need? Maybe you even have a large number of files that you need to convert or process in some way. Chances are good that Awave Studio can help you.

  • Are you a composer? Have you ever wanted to take advantage of all those free instruments floating around the web but found it impossible to get them in a format suitable for your synthesizer? Awave Studio reads the instrument formats of most (if not all) commercial synthesizers and sound cards and can also write a fair number of them. It also supports both SDS and SMDI, so you can send samples over MIDI or (really fast) over SCSI using these standard protocols.

  • Have you ever wanted to play a standard MIDI file song that comes with an “instrument bank” that was created for another wavetable sound card than yours? Awave Studio can make not only high quality conversions between most of the major sound cards; it can also load both the MIDI song and the instruments and play it directly for you.

    And that’s not the end of it—it can even write the song to a WAV file on disk for you (which you could later convert to MP3 format and distribute on the web).

  • Do you need a simple audio editor? You can do such things as resampling, fading in and out, maximizing amplitude, applying effects, and more.

  • Do you need an instrument editor for your wavetable sound card? Or are you not satisfied with the one you have? It provides full support for all of the features (in fact, a superset) of both the new DownLoadable Sounds level 2 standard and the SoundFont 2.0 standard. You can also customize it for use as an editor for many other formats as well.

File Formats Galore

Awave Studio can read almost any imaginable audio or instrument file format—over 200 of them in fact. It can also write to about 100 of them.

Features

This program does so many different things.

  • It can do conversions from about 200 audio-related file formats that it can read (no kidding—you read that right—200 formats) into any of the 100 or so audio file formats that it can write. No other software even comes close to such a wide format support.

  • It can do quality conversion between the instruments formats most common to PC synthesizer sound cards. Some examples: SB AWE32, SB Live!, all Vortex II-based cards, TB Pinnacle, TB Maui, AVM Apex, Gravis UltraSound, and UltraSound PnP.

  • It can convert MIDI (and similar) song data between several formats and package MIDI songs together with custom instruments in a single file (e.g., you can convert MOD-tracker modules into MIDI-format accompanied by custom instruments). Or why not convert melodies between different mobile phone ring signal formats?

  • It can read and write instrument formats for many commercial synthesizers and hardware modules, as well as many popular software synths, including formats from Ensoniq, Akai, Korg, Kurzweil, Roland, Yamaha, Native Instruments, Creamware, and many more.

  • It can send or receive waveforms to professional synthesizers using standard SDS transfers over MIDI or really fast SMDI transfers over SCSI.

  • A Batch Conversion Wizard makes converting large numbers of audio files extremely simple (and with optional effects processing).

  • The Audio Processing Wizard lets you accomplish many common editing tasks, like resampling, fading, cutting and pasting, merging and combining waveforms, and more. DirectShow audio effect filters (aka DirectX plug-ins) are also supported, opening up a whole world of third-party effect processing modules. It can work on multiple waveforms at once just as easily as on a single.

  • A nice example of a use for the Audio Processing Wizard is the “cross-fade loop” function. Using this, you no longer have to search in vain for that elusive optimal loop point. Just select a likely portion of the waveform and cross-fade it and voilá—you have a good-sounding loop.

  • The Instrument Processing Wizard helps you in many ways to avoid having to manually do repetitive editing tasks on multiple instruments. The MIDI Processing Wizard gives you tools for doing things like transposing notes or changing the tick rate.

  • It is a fully featured DLS level 1, DLS level 2, and SoundFont 2.1 wavetable instrument editor. But you can also use it as an editor for many other instrument formats. For some, it is the only PC editor. You can customize the editing user interface for your particular soundcard by using the parameter set feature. Predefined sets for common synthesizer soundcards are available.

  • It has an easy to use and understand two “panes” layout: a hierarchical instrument “tree” to the left and waveforms to the right.

  • Graphical editors are available for instrument parameters (e.g., the much applauded loop editor lets you easily find the best loops—refined to perfection based on feedback from our users).

  • Play MIDI files with custom instruments using the MIDI Player. Works on any computer with a basic sound card and DirectX 7 or later; you don’t have to have a sound card with a fancy MIDI synth. And MIDI songs are guaranteed to sound exactly the same on all computers since it uses Microsoft DirectMusic technology and DLS synthesis (DX 8 required for DLS level 2).

  • Record your MIDI songs (with or without custom instruments) to a WAV file on disk using the software synthesizer, an all-digital process. This is great if you later want to convert it to MP3 format.

  • Audition your instruments directly using any of the several natively supported synthesizers (including DirectMusic and the Microsoft software synthesizer or the simpler internal sound mixer). Use the PC keyboard or an external MIDI keyboard to play. Or use the Audio Player (with real-time oscilloscope or frequency analyzer display) to play back audio files; it’s even integrated into the Windows shell so that you can play files with a click of the right mouse button.

  • Record new waveforms using the Waveform Recording Wizard.

OK, that was a long list, so what doesn’t it do? Well, just to clear up a few common questions: It does not convert WAV to MIDI, it isn’t a MIDI editor/sequencer either, and it won’t perform any acts of black magic. Also, it does not handle really huge audio files (those that are too large to fit in memory), and 16-bit PCM mono/stereo is the internal precision used. But check out our Awave software if you need something to convert stuff (e.g., huge 24-bit multichannel recordings). If you are still unsure that it will do what you want, why not download and try the free 30-day trial shareware version?

So, finally, how does it stack up against competing products?

Awave Studio has now been close to ten years in the making. If you do a point-by-point comparison with other conversion software, you will find that:

  • It is more versatile (e.g., it not only converts files, but it also has editing features, it can do batch conversions, it can play songs, etc.).

  • It supports a lot more file formats.

  • It usually does a better job by converting more paramaters and translating them more accurately.

  • It has a competitive price.

Of course, all other programs are not bad, but the amount of parameters supported and converted do vary somewhat from file format to file format. So if you are unsure, download the 30-day free trial version from the web site and compare for yourself. With this you can try almost all functionality. But there are certain limitations; as an example, you can try out SMDI transfers by sending from a synth to the program but not the other way around. You can save to all supported file formats, but you can only save once before having to restart the program. While you can save individual instruments, you can’t save a whole loaded bank of instruments. Limiting and frustrating when doing some real work for sure, it should be enough to try the quality of conversions fully. It is, after all, a trial version and 30 days of free full use.

Why You Should Buy It

Awave Studio is shareware; it is not free. This means that if you like the program and decide to use it past the 30-day trial period, you must register (i.e., buy it). There are also a number of incentives for registering it:

  • Removes nag screens and other annoying reminders

  • Removes save limit

  • Enables some locked features—copy/paste, saving “bank files,” and “batch convert”

  • You will receive word about updates and new releases (requires e-mail).

The price is $119.95

What you get:

  • You get a One Person—One Computer license, valid for the current program version.

  • You are sent a personal registration code that unlocks the shareware version, turning it into the full registered version.

Note that the license is personal and may not be transferred to another person or institution, and it allows you to have it installed on no more than one computer at a time.

Awave Studio support can be reached at awave@fmjsoft.com.

Import Formats

Awave Studio can Read (R) and/or Write (W) the following file formats:

Ext.

R/W

Format

669

R

669 tracker module

AIFC

R

Compressed audio interchange file format

AIFF

R+W

Audio interchange file format

AIS

R

Velvet Studio Instruments

AKP

R+W

Akai S5000/S6000 program file

ALAW

R+W

European telephony format audio

AMS

R

Extreme’s Tracker module format

AMS

R

Velvet Studio Module

APEX

R+W

AVM Sample Studio bank file

ARL

R+W

Aureal sound bank format

ASE

R

Velvet Studio Sample

AU

R+W

Sun/NeXT/DEC audio file

AVI

R

MS audio video interleave file

AVR

R

Audio Visual Research sound file

C01

R

Typhoon wave files

CDR

R

Raw Audio-CD data

DCM

R

DCM module format

DEWF

R

Macintosh SoundCap/SoundEdit recorded instrument format

DIG

R

Digilink format

DIG

R

Sound Designer I audio file

DLP

R

DirectMusic Producer DLS file

DLS

R+W

DownLoadable Sounds level 1

DLS

R+W

DownLoadable Sounds level 2

DMF

R

Delusion/XTracker digital music file format

DSF

R

Delusion/XTracker digital sample file format

DSM

R

Digital Sound Module tracker format

DSS

R @

Olympus DSS file

DTM

R

DigiTrekker module

DWD

R+W

DiamondWare digitized file

EDA

R

Ensoniq ASR disk image

EDE

R

Ensoniq EPS disk image

EDK

R

Ensoniq KT disk image

EDQ

R

Ensoniq SQ1/SQ2/KS32 disk image

EDS

R

Ensoniq SQ80 disk image

EDV

R

Ensoniq VFX-SD disk image

EFA

R

Ensoniq ASR file

EFE

R+W

Ensoniq EPS file—should work with all EPS-family!

EFK

R

Ensoniq KT file

EFQ

R

Ensoniq SQ1/SQ2/KS32 file

EFS

R

Ensoniq SQ80 file

EFV

R

Ensoniq VFX-SD file

EMB

R

Everest embedded bank file

EMD

R

ABT extended module

EMY

R+W

EMelody Ericsson mobile phone ring-tone format

ESPS

R

ESPS audio files

EUI

R

Ensoniq EPS family compact disk image

F2R

R

Farandoyle linear module format

F3R

R

Farandoyle blocked linear module format

F32

R

Raw 32bit IEEE floating point values

F64

R

Raw 64bit IEEE floating point values

FAR

R

Farandoyle tracker module

FFF

R+W

GUS PnP bank file format

FNK

R

FunkTracker module format

FSM

R

Farandoyle sample format

FZB

R+W

Casio FZ-1 bank dump

FZF

R+W

Casio FZ-1 full dump

FZV

R+W

Casio FZ-1 voice dump

G721

R+W

Raw CCITT G.721 4-bit ADPCM format data

G723

R+W

Raw CCITT G.723 3- or 5-bit ADPCM format data

G726

R+W

Raw CCITT G.726 2-, 3-, 4- or 5-bit ADPCM format data

GDM

R

Bells, whistles, and sound boards module format

GI!

R

GigaStudio/GigaSampler split files

GIG

R+W

GigaStudio/GigaSampler files

GKH

R

Ensoniq EPS family disk image file

GSM

R+W

Raw GSM 6.10 audio stream

GSM

R+W

Raw “byte aligned” GSM 6.10 audio stream

GSM

R+W

US Robotics voice modems GSM w.o. header/VoiceGuide/RapidComm

GSM

R+W

US Robotics voice modems GSM w. header/ QuickLink

HCOM

R

Sound Tools HCOM format

IFF

R+W

Interchange file format

IMY

R+W

iMelody mobile phone ring-tone format

INI

R

MWave DSP synth’s mwsynth.ini GM-setup

INI

R+W

Gravis UltraSound bank setup

INRS

R

INRS-Telecommunications audio

INS

W

Cakewalk Instrument definition file

INS

R

Ensoniq EPS family instrument

INS

R+W

Sample Cell/II Mac instrument

INS

R+W

Sample Cell/II PC instrument

IST

R

Digitrakker instrument file

IT

R

Impulse Tracker module

ITI

R+W

Impulse Tracker instrument

ITS

R+W

Impulse Tracker sample

K25

R

Kurzweil K2500 file (Note: KRZ is W also)

K26

R

Kurzweil K2600 file (Note: KRZ is W also)

KIT

R+W

Native Instruments Battery drum kit file

KFT

R

Kort T-series image file

KMP

R+W

Korg Triton keymap file

KMP

R+W

Korg Trinity keymap file

KR1

R

Kurzweil K2000/K2500/K2600 split file

KRZ

R+W

Kurzweil K2000 file (Note: Also works with K2500/K2600)

KSC

R+W

Korg Triton script file

KSC

R+W

Korg Trinity script file

KSF

R+W

Korg Triton sample file

KSF

R+W

Korg Trinity sample file

MAP

R+W

Native Instruments Reaktor format

MAT

R+W

Matlab variables binary file

MAUD

R

MAUD sample format

MDL

R

Digitrakker module

MED

R

OctaMED tracker module

MID

R+W

Standard MIDI file

MLD

R

MFi/MFi2—melody format for i-Mode (aka i-Melody)

MLS

R

Miles Sound Tools “compressed DLS”

MMF

R

SMAF songs—synthetic music mobile application format

MOD

R

Amiga and PC tracker module

MOV

R

Apple QuickTime audio

MP1

R

MPEG audio stream, layer I

MP2

R+W %

MPEG audio stream, layer II

MP3

R+W *

MPEG audio stream, layer III

MPA

R

MPEG audio stream, layer I, II, or III

MPEG

R

MPEG 1 system stream

MPG

R

MPEG 1 system stream

MSS

R+W

Miles Sound System DLS 1 + XMI file

MTM

R

MultiTracker module

MUS

R

Doom/Heretic music file

MUS10

R

Mus10 audio

MWS

W

MWave DSP synth’s instrument extract

NIST

R

NIST Sphere audio

NVF

R+W

Creative Nomand voice file

O01

R

Typhoon voice file

OGG

R+W !

Vorbis Ogg stream

OKT

R

Oktalyzer tracker module

P

R+W

Akai S1000/S1100/S01 program

P

R+W

Akai S3000/S3200/S2000/S2800 program

PAC

R

SB Studio II package

PAF

R+W

Ensoniq PARIS audio file

PAT

R+W

Advanced Gravis Ultrasound/Forte tech. Patch

PBF

R+W

Turtle Beach Pinnacle bank file

PCG

R+W

Korg Triton bank file

PCG

R+W

Korg Trinity bank file

PCM

R

OKI MSM6376 synth chip PCM format

PGM

R+W

AKAI MPC-2000/2000XL drum set file

PGM

R+W

AKAI MPC-3000 drum set file

PLM

R

DisorderTracker2 module

PLS

R

DisorderTracker2 sample

PRG

R+W

WAVmaker program

PSB

R

Pinnacle sound bank

PSION

R

PSION a-law audio

PSM

R

Protracker studio module format

PTM

R

Poly Tracker module

RA

W #

RealAudio audio file

RAW

R

Raw signed PCM data

RIF

R

Rapidcom Voice/Quicklink Rockwell ADPCM files

RMI

R+W

RIFF-MIDI file (with or without embedded DLS)

Rockwell

R+W

Rockwell 2-, 3-, 4-bit ADPCM format

S

R+W

Akai S1000/S1100 sample

S

R+W

Akai S3000/S3200/S2000/S2800/S01 sample

S3I

R+W

Scream tracker v3 instrument

S3M

R

Scream tracker v3 module

SAM

R

Signed 8-bit sample data

SB

R+W

Raw signed byte (8-bit) data

SBK

R+W

Emu SoundFont v1.x file

SD

R+W

Sound Designer I audio

SC2

R

Sample Cell/II PC instrument (also W as .INS)

SD2

R+W

Sound Designer II flattened file

SD2

R+W

Sound Designer II data fork

SDK

R

Roland S-series floppy disk image

SDS

R+W

Raw MIDI sample dump standard file

SDW

R

Raw signed DWord (32-bit) data

SDX

R

MIDI sample dump standard files as compacted by SDX

SEQ

R+W

Sony PlayStation MIDI sequence

SF

R+W

MTU/IRCAM SoundFile format

SF2

R+W

Emu SoundFont v2.1 file

SFARK

R

Melody Machine compressed soundfont

SFD

R

SoundStage sound file data

SFI

R

SoundStage sound file info

SFR

R

Sonic Foundry sample resource

SMD

R

SmdEd/J-Phone mobile songs

SMP

R

Avalon sample file

SMP

R

Ad Lib gold sample

SMP

R+W

Samplevision format

SND

R

Raw unsigned PCM data (Also W as .UB)

SND

R+W

AKAI MPC-60/2000/2000XL/3000 series samples

SNDR

R

Sounder sound file

SNDT

R

Sndtool sound file

SOU

R

SB Studio II sound

SPD

R

Speach data file

SPL

R

Digitrakker sample

SPPACK

R+W

SPPack sound sample

STM

R

Scream tracker v2 module

STS

R+W

Creamware STS-series sampler program

SVX

R

Interchange file format, 8SVX/16SV

SW

R+W

Raw signed word (16-bit) data

SYW

R+W

Yamaha SY-series wave files (really named W??)

TXT

W

ASCII text parameter description

TXT

R+W

ASCII text formatted audio data

TXT

R+W

RTTTL/NokRing mobile phone ring-tone format

TXW

R+W

Yamaha TX16W wave files (really named .W??)

UB

R+W

Raw unsigned byte (8-bit) data

UDW

R

Raw unsigned DWord (32-bit) data

ULAW

R+W

US telephony format (CCITT G.711) audio

ULT

R

UltraTracker modules

UNI

R

MikMod “UniMod” format

UW

R+W

Raw unsigned word (16-bit) data

UWF

R

UltraTracker wave file

V8

R

Covox 8-bit audio (also W as .UB)

VAB

R+W

Sony PlayStation/PS2 bank file

VAG

R+W

Sony PlayStation/PS2 wave file

VAP

R+W

Annotated speech file

VOC

R+W

Creative Labs sound

VOX

R+W

Dialogic 4-bit ADPCM

VOX

R

Talking Technology Incorporated file

VSB

R+W

Virtual sampler bank file

W??

R+W

Yamaha TX16W waveform (also see TXW)

W??

R+W

Yamaha SY-series waveform (also see SYW)

W64

R+W

Sonic Foundry Wave-64 format

WAV

R+W

MS Windows PCM wave

WA!

R+W

GigaSampler/GigaStudio compressed wave file

WFB

R+W

Turtle Beach WaveFront bank (Maui/Rio/Monterey)

WFD

R+W

Turtle Beach WaveFront drum set (Maui/Rio/

Monterey)

  

WFP

R+W

Turtle Beach WaveFront program (Maui/Rio/

Monterey)

  

WMA

R+W =

Windows media audio

XI

R+W

Fast Tracker 2 instrument

XM

R

Fast Tracker 2 extended module

XMI

R+W

Miles Sound System extended MIDI file

* R Unrecognized formats prompts user to supply basic info

@ DSS decoding requires Olympus DSS Player v3.x.

% MP2 encoding requires a free third-party DLL (TooLame.dll).

* MP3 encoding requires a free third-party DLL (Lame_enc.dll).

! OGG encoding and decoding requires free external DLLs.

# RA encoding requires free external DLLs from RealNetworks.

= WMA encoding and decoding requires free external DLL

(wmaudsdk.dll).



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