Sound cueing program designed for theatrical use (beta).
Soundboard is a Java based sound cueing program designed for theatrical use. It aims to be simple to use and maintain cross platform compatibility so that a sound designer who uses a Mac can build a show, and have it play back on the theatre's Windows-based playback computer. Soundboard provides a cross platform and open source alternative to programs such as QLab and SFX. It is designed to be simple enough for high school students and community theatres to use, and yet robust enough to be a viable application at a regional theatre.
What's new in Soundboard
This is the first stable release of Soundboard
Removed pan control since it didn't work properly for all files
Soundboard now requires Java 1.6 or higher
Corrected bug that was preventing the package show function from creating the specified directory
Corrected bug that prevents the package show function from writing a copy of the show file and show media to the package directory
Lots of code cleanup
Added warnings when trying to open a new file or quit the application when there are unsaved changes to the current file
Corrected bug that would hang the GUI completely when pressing the "stop all" button. The causes seem to stem from either the FLAC SPI or the javazoom BasicPlayer itself, but we don't know at this time. The present workaround in Soundboard should keep it from manifesting
Added feature to change the title of the frame to let the user know if the current Soundboard file has unsaved changes
Added feature to create a tempShowFile that auto-saves once every 5 minutes, and also whenever a new cue is added to the cue table. The tempShowFile is automatically deleted when Soundboard exits normally, but if Soundboard exits abnormally (i.e. crashes), the file persists
Changed volume control scheme to percentage of overall output to avoid confusion caused by JLayer.BasicPlayer's use of both that and db power systems internally (picking one and standardizing our use in Soundboard will help eliminate future bugs)
Corrected bug that was causing the live volume adjustment to be inconsistent with the volume adjustment you will get from playback using fade cues
Standardized volume controllers to initialize to 50% by default
Added director name, stage manager name, operator name, and show notes to show info
Soundboard now saves a time stamp to the show file by default
Altered .xls export so that it includes new show fields
Altered .xls export so that it sets the weight of column headers to bold
Added dialog to check if user wants to overwrite an existing exported cue sheet
Can now double-click on cue number or type to open "add media file" dialog
Removed FLAC support since it didn't work properly in all cases
Corrected bug that was failing to clear show info fields from the show info menu after creating a new file
Was unable to reproduce bug that was causing some of the text fields in the Show Info window to be out of alignment, but the labels all had different widths, and it's possible another system wasn't handling the padding correctly. We have standardized the widths of the labels to 95px and adjusted the fields accordingly
Added a check to check to make sure the countdown thread actually stops counting before removing it from the table of running threads when executing a stop all
audio playback does not seem to honor values over 50, so we have solved this internally by dividing all sound level values by two before they are passed to the audio controller, or before they are used for fade calculations
Moved 'Export Show Package' menu button to the file menu
Added feature to import a show package, which corrects the "bug" of having to re-add each media file to an exported show one at a time after opening an exported file
We are now recording the version of Soundboard when saving the cue file, and when Soundboard opens a file, it checks to see if this version tag is present, and if matches the current version of Soundboard. In either case, if that test fails, Soundboard will warn the user and give them the option of quitting the open to prevent damaging the file
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