soundBlade LE 2.3 ReadMe Table of Contents

Please Read Before You Begin… 3

2.3 Change Highlights: 3

Mac Host Requirements — 4

Installing & Licensing soundBlade ––: 5

Trial Mode — 5

iLok Authorization for Licensed Options – 5

Preferences — 6

Using soundBlade With Mountain Lion or Mavericks — 6

Intel Support — 6

Software Change Archive: 6

soundBlade 2.2 Change Highlights: 6

Changes Since soundBlade 2.1 (3398)–– 8

Changes Since soundBlade 2.0.2 (3365)–– 10

Changes Since soundBlade 2.0.1 (3351)–– 12

Changes Since soundBlade 2.0 (3308)–– 13

Changes Since PreMaster CD 3.3.2 (3267)–– 17

Changes since PreMaster 3.3 — 18

System Tuning –– 20

Known Issues — 20

3.0 Refinements — 21

Implementation Specifics — 22

Using soundBlade LE with Avid® Hardware — 22

Contacting Sonic Studio, LLC — 22

Software Updates — 23

studioCare Support Program — 23

soundBlade Tutorial Videos — 25


soundBlade LE 2.3 ReadMe June 2017

Please Read Before You Begin…

Thank you for your purchase of soundBlade LE. This file contains important information about the installation and operation of your application. The User Manual, a more complete version of this document, is available in the application’s Documentation folder.

2.3 Change Highlights:


• Mac OS Sierra Support

• Add support for Spectral Repair Tool option (replaces reNOVAtor)

• Fix “Out Of Memory” error on launch (if drive is removed)

• New Project creates an enclosing folder for New soundBlade projects.

• CodeSign Installers

• Product Sign soundBlade app

• Product Sign securePlayer app

• ‘PQ Offsets are now EDL-based instead of a Global Preference (see Mark Info below)

• Removed ‘Emulation Mode’ from Preferences-> Delivery tab


• Fix for Export Sound File command and 16-bit files

• Add preference to include ISRC in Broadcast Wave on export.

Broadcast Wave AXML (ISRC) chunk

Uses ISRC from Start Marks(Export Tracks) or manual entry(Export SoundFile)

• Always use soundBlade as Originator in BWF

• Fixes for preserving BWF metadata in Export Tracks


• Improve/slow scroll speed (use shift to speed scroll)

Mark Info:

• Changes to the Show / Display / Disable Offsets

Removed the Global ‘Disable Offsets’ checkbox from Delivery Tab-> Preferences. This change forces soundBlade to respect and follow the Offset state of the EDL.


Projects resolved Project window scaling issues

Sonic Studio Process resolved SSP starts up with a blank screen

Playback resolved Command+Space only plays portion of the selection

Playback resolved Repeat play command does not loop and only auditions the selection

EDL resolved Segment renaming truncates name when using period points

Playback resolved Repeat Play shortcut not functional

NoNoise 3 resolved enable the NoNoise Show Interpolations option by default

Editing resolved Replace Constrained (Control + F1) shortcut is not functional

Mark Info resolved Mark Info window not updating to reflect new Track Marks

EDL resolved error message canceling fast EDL export

DeNoise resolved consistent BBDN crash closing window


Mac Host Requirements —

At a minimum, soundBlade SE requires the following:

Note About Using USB Devices: Direct connection of a USB audio converter should be usable with soundBlade. Unlike FireWire however, USB does not provide an isochronous or time–critical data delivery mode. So, USB–attached products for external audio I/O are not recommended for either hard drives or audio interfaces when used in any pro audio production environment. USB peripherals, other than Human User Interface products such as mice and keyboards, may interfere with the operation of our products.

Current USB Apple Super Drives (USB2 or USB3) should perform as expected.

Note, since Sonic is unable to test every USB converter, we cannot guarantee that all USB audio converters will function at all sample rates and configurations.

Connection of audio converters via USB hubs, use of USB hard disc drives and USB v1 optical disc peripherals is not recommended or supported.

Thunderbolt Notes Apple’s new Thunderbolt input/output technology lets you connect high-performance peripherals and displays to a single port with fast data transfer rates.

Sonic Studio expects no issues to arise with the connection of existing FireWire devices or drives using a Thunderbolt-to-FireWire adaptor or hub, nor with the use of future generation direct-attached drives, I/O devices and optical drives.

Additional Notes soundBlade 2.0.2 and later is not supported on PPC (Mac G4 or G5) hardware.

soundBlade is a 32-bit application with all internal processing done at double precision.

Installing & Licensing soundBlade ––:

To install soundBlade, please click on the soundBlade_LE_22_Installer.pkg. You can download the Installer from:

Follow the on-screen instructions to install your software.

Please note that soundBlade is protected with PACE Anti-Piracy’s InterLok copy protection. Your soundBlade license is authorized with an iLok1 or iLok2 USB Smart Key.

Learn: Please review the soundBlade Activation Guide, located in the Documents folder inside your soundBlade Application folder, for step-by-step instructions for activating your soundBlade application and optional Sonic Studio software.

To register your soundBlade system and iLok USB Smart Key, visit:

Trial Mode —

To enable a fully functional 14 day trial of soundBlade LE, sign up HER

iLok Authorization for Licensed Options –

soundBlade 2.0 and later requires an iLok to enable any purchased options such as NoNOISE 3 or Manual DeClick.

Learn: Please review the soundBlade Activation Guide, located in the Documents folder inside your soundBlade Application folder, for step-by-step instructions for activating your optional Sonic Studio software.

Preferences —

Please delete your existing soundBlade LE preferences prior to using this version!

Double click on the included utility (in the Extras folder) Delete Prefs_sB.command.

This will run the Terminal utility and delete existing soundBlade LE preferences. You can quit

Terminal after running.

Using soundBlade With El Capitan & Sierra OS

soundBlade 2.3 has been tested and approved under Mac OS 10.6 Lion through Sierra.


Since soundBlade LE uses Core Audio, the quality of your playback and delivered discs will be entirely dependent on the hardware and associated drivers used. Note that soundBlade LE is supported on Macintosh OS versions 10.5.8 or newer for optimal device compatibility as well as CD TEXT support.

Intel Support —

soundBlade LE is a Universal Binary application and is built to run natively on Intel Macs. An Aggregate Device is no longer needed unless you are using separate input and output devices. If you have any existing Aggregate Device definitions you have created in Audio/MIDI Setup, you can continue to use them as needed.

Software Change Archive:

soundBlade 2.2 Change Highlights:


Fixes Issues with WAV/BWF incorrect size and metadata

Add support for 32 bit CAF Audio Format (recording also)

Add support for Multiple Exports at same time

Add support for Sample Rate Conversion on Export

Creates multiple export files at same time

Supports 44/24 and 44/16 and 48-24 export

A new folder call 44-24, 44-16 and 48-24 is created

Shortcut ctrl-cmd-E for Export Tracks

Clean up Export error (out of memory - file-path )

Mark Info / Delivery Changes

Easier to read fonts

Fix Dragging First Track (preserve pregap space)

Allow Editing of Index Mark Name

Fix Issue with incorrect CDText file length

PQ Disable Offsets follows Global Preference

Hide “Add iTunes” in Mark Info Window

Improved Error reporting for Marks Past end of Tracks.

Fix on crash on editing end of track name

Fix disable offsets when opening project

Strip off file extension when creating mark names

Menu Changes

File Menu: Add “Show BWF Metadata”

Export Tracks: Ctrl-Cmd-E Shortcut

Save As: Shift-Cmd-S Shortcut


Fix HiCutOff with sample rates > 44 kHz

Fixes for Estimate name handling

Replace Broadband DeNoise II with NoNOISE 3 (global version)

Project / EDL

Create project on Open Soundfile if no project

Fix Routing when creating new project while playing

Fix issue with selecting/ deselecting segment if mouse held down

Add “Clear SRP Marks” to EDL Contextual Menu

Fix Cmd-F and hiding of dB scale in EDL

Added Check For Updates selection to Preferences window

secure Player

Added play scroll bar

Fix ISRC changing half way through song

code signed (to avoid unknown developer message)


- fix mono exports

- fix BWF data getting cleared on export tracks.


- update options installer (add NN3)

- update read me, user manual etc.


- fix click at end of export

- adjust BBDN Threshold ( to match NN3 plugin )

- Updated Installers, Read Me, User Manuals

- securePlayer is now code signed which should help on client installs


- fix click at end of export


- fix export length in header


- fix Export (length) f

- fix export dropout with Limiter ( latency)

- fix one crash on aborting export


- fix securePlayer


- Add “Check for Update” preference

- Fixes for Export ( multiple, missing last track, etc )


- Export Fixes

- fix double text entry in NN3.


- securePlayer 2.7

- added play scroll bar

- fix ISRC changing half way through song

- code signed ( to avoid unknown developer error)

- Export

- ensure dither is disabled (if multiple export) to avoid double dither.


- Delete multiple exported files when cancel

- fix one issue with 48/24 edit after export


- fix add track number

all tracks, add track as “01”, “02”...


Export Changes:

- Add “Add Track Number” to exported tracks file names

- Fix overwriting files if name was too long

- Add Alerts if a file is going to be overwritten

- Export Tracks max filename length is 27

- Allow deletion of segment (smaller than .015) (needs to be checked)


- fix bug that caused plugin windows to open (if closed)

- fix bug with entering text into some plugins

Changes Since soundBlade 2.1 (3398)––

3423 Release


- fix Plugin Windows opening while playing sB HD and SE only


- fix one bug in AU Plugin key handling sB HD and SE only


- Replace BBDN with NoNOISE 3 ( global )


Other Changes:

- Fix noise spike on launch of BBDN,

- Improve NN-hiCut and SR > 44

- Fix pregap display in EDL

- Change Delete tracks Dialog (make ok default)

- Restart play after stop on creating new project

- Add Show BWF to File Menu


- Mark Info window: ISRC / UPC fit UI

4808 error better when mark is past 100 minutes

- Hide “add iTunes” from Export Tracks

- Fix incorrect CDTEXT length when not writing Audio File


- BBDN (clean up on estimate name on open Params)


- Mark Info

Fix disable offsets when opening project

Strip off file extension when creating mark names

(Create Start Marks command)

Fix one crash when trying to edit end track name

- Stop play on open/new project (fix mute of channel 2)

- Allow editing of Index Mark when clicking in EDL

- Open soundfile works with no open project (creates new project)


- fix NN Estimates (with spaces in name)

- Mark Info Window

preserve pregap when dragging track 1

fix display of times in MI window

- EDL (play) prepare_xfr once again if err ( -6429)


- New installers


- made segment selection area larger

- now selecting a segment and holding mouse will not deselect segment

- Mark Info

- Improvements to Mark Info Window track dragging

- Improvements to readability


- add warning when recording with dither enabled and bit depth mismatch

- place new securePlayer into application.


- Fix incorrect WAV header in Export Tracks

- fix save as edl (with same name)

- Missing sB LE Index Point menu item replaced


- fix issues w/ recoding


- New Options Installer

- Enable SRP commands (with no selection)

- make the Segment Drag strip a little larger

- new securePlayer (does not launch iTunes)


- fix one crash on rescan (stopping a play)

- fix one crash on rescan ( when rebooting device)

- Export fixes

- Check if folder exists before export

- Separate Settings for Export Tracks And Export Soundfile

BWF/ bits/ type - are now saved for each export.

- fix issues w/ coding history not being updated.

- fix issues w/ coding history not being updated

Changes Since soundBlade 2.0.2 (3365)––


- New Release versions of Quartet and Trio

- Update Installer Script and Remove Script

- Menu changes

disable New Tracks / Delete Tracks in not multiple EDLs

change Edited Black to Start Marks, add Edited Black to Start/End Marks

- securePlayer is now embedded in app ( not in Extras anymore)

- fix CD text

- add ClearSRP to contextual menu


- Fix Cut / Paste of Stereo Desk Events

- Fix Mono Export

- Enable Zoom-to-Selection even if no selection ( 2.5 sec )

- Fix SE showing both Desk Events and overlay


- Fixes for Mono Export

- Enable Zoom-to-Selection even if no selection ( 2.5 sec )

- Fix SE showing both Desk Events and overlay


- Fix WAV/BWF Header and extra bytes (caused iTunes Producer error)

- Remove “Open Process” from File Menu


- Fix Warning on adding non-44 files to an EDL

- New Options Installer

Quartet 1.3 - Includes new Dual Mono

Sonic Mastering EQ AU Plugin

Sonic Studio Process 1.0 Build 3354


- SE changes ( remove mono/stereo )

- Fix prefs showing first pane on activation

- clean up menus

Remove Background Manager

Add “Open Console Log”

Add “Visit Sonic Studio Website...”

Add “Open Sonic Studio Process”

- Fix reseting of Audio IO on launch ( if Use Core Audio was Checked)

- Fix (re)setting clock in Audio IO ( if Use Core Audio was checked )


- Fix opening sound in first EDL of Multiple EDL Project

- Audio IO- Do Not reset clock if Use Core Audio and device

- Have “Move Segments” follow “Show Subframes”

- Fix crash on AU Plugins (on close of plugin )


- Fix Select Next/Pref Track Shortcut

- Add menu commands for Select Next/Pref EDL

- Add Cmd-Shift-S as shortcut for save as...


- Fix Device Clock Settings on launch.

- option-click Master fader to adjust main faders (relative) in Meters Window

- Support For 96K DDP Images for use with SecurePlayer

SecurePlayer now supports 96K.


- fix Cmd-F and hiding DB scale in EDL

- Default Line Input on New Project

- Only show Stereo Plugins (for stereo edit group)

- fix shortcut for Edit Black to Marks

- fix enabling of DeCrackle on tracks 3+


- Fix for creating 2x and 4x DDPs and securePlayer

- Fix for plugins in tracks 7/8

- Do not allow Waves / Apple plugins in same slot (avoid crash/white window)

- allow “.’ in certain edit fields (Move Segments, etc)

- Change shortcut for Audio IO Preferences to toggle show/hide window

- Vinyl (remove dual, remove extra prefs tabs, remove dither -always on)

- Fix command for deleting track marks


• Adjust compiler settings

• Add support for 384

• Add ability to edit PQ track names in EDL timeline

• Improve Edit Fields ( not turning red )

• Improved Noise Shaped Dither

• Allow declick/decrackle using Edit Point ( no need for selection )

• Changes to 16 channel desk

• Warning when changing to 16 channel desk (to restart)

• Fix creating high resolution DDPs and securePlayer

• New securePlayer version 4433 ( supports high resolution )

• Improve setting of Dither from Project window ( display depth )

• Add contextual menu commands to Delete / Add Marks


__ clear buffers on startup (possible noise)

__ update manuals

__ fix record w/ Master/Slave

allow punch-in w/o first starting play w/ master/slave

__ change permissions on securePlayer (4416)

__ fix (one) crash in SRC

Changes Since soundBlade 2.0.1 (3351)––

3364 Release

- Fix display of unicode in Mark Popup

- Fix offset in BWF timestamps on Drag/Drop

- Make consistent speed settings in Mark Info window


- Audio IO

- Fix Sample Rate settings for devices with more than (10) sample rates.

- correct setting for devices with Internal clock setting other than first line not as index 0 (ex.: Weiss, Apogee Ensemble, RME I/Os)

- Change options installers (to have options not checked)

- Added installer for TT Meter to extras folder


- Fix display of “Show Desk Events” and “P” button

- Tighten timing on plug-ins in EDL

- Fix Sonnox ProCodec and Transport State

- Fix copy/paste while playing.


Export - fix crashes / etc with BWF/Wave

Desk Events - fix “select all plugins in row”

Mixing Desk - set panner to stereo on open.

Playback - Fix Copy/Paste resetting playing outputs.


Force Apple / Waves to use Carbon on EDL Desk Events to avoid a crash on AU / Waves in EDL

Fix hang on some AU plugins when resized

Support Transport Callback for Sonnox ProCodec

soundBlade LE - add SDII preferences

securePlayer - remove DDP on close (to reduce size)

Allow CD burn w/ index marks

Known issue: moving to Track 1 from Tracks menu moves to track 2. Workaround is to use << back button to select Track 1.

- fix incorrect window in Project

Added support for WAV to Export Tracks

Fixes for NOVA

- fix first play not passing audio

- recall size on window close

- playhead accuracy improved.

Renamed “Desk Event” button from a “D” to a “P” to avoid confusion w/ Destination edit button

Fix option/control click on Desk Plugin Button to respect bypass and hide

Fix resize in AAC Plugin for iTunes

Fix a few small bugs w/ plugins.

Waves Note: white window may be displayed with Wave v9.

Known crash w/ more than one Apple AU plugins (on second window open).


Fix one crash on plugins when close/quit project

Fix Desk Bypass on Track 2 when clicking on the EDL Desk Button

Changes Since soundBlade 2.0 (3308)––

3351 Release

User Manual and ReadMe updates and enhancements


- Use VST-Sonic for VST Plugins (skip standard VST)

- Add “Use Cocoa” to support new Cocoa plugin code

Disable to use the “older” non-cocoa only Plugin code.

- Fix Track output in SE


- one more fix for plugins on export

- stop/start when adding plugin (from automation)

- use IDLE loop for set plugin state (for UAD)

- clear unused channels (in Core Audio on output)


- One change for Cocoa Plugins (and state)

- One change for plugins on export.


- Move setting Plugin State to Idle Loop (fix UAD)

This will have an effect on Plugins

- Clear outputs for Core Audio if SSE is Less tracks (i.e LE and 8 channel IO)


- Fix one issue with securePlayer


- fix one bug in mono src


- fix bug in Plugins (crash SEQ, not opening)

- stop play when creating a plugin

- fix mono SRC


- release versions of manuals

release 3337

- one more change for Cocoa plugins (SE and HD only)


- SE Fix setting multiple EDLs preference on launch

- EFM Preferences

Save Button now saves EFM preferences

EFM Window Auto Zoom now set in prefs file

- Fix one bug in CDText

3334 -

- first “welcome to sB”

- Add Save to preferences window

- fix Export Tracks and mark names too long

(ask to shorten, or cancel)

-change to check for a Cocoa UI and use it.


- Add “Save” Button to Preferences Window

- Error on Export Tracks (if track names are too long)

- One change for Plugins (cocoa, older vst)

- Open Meters/Desk on first boot, do not open Mark Info

- Fix 25 Frames in LE

- Add “welcome” to LE


- Fix SRC of Wave file and not being able to open the file in sB.

- One fix for Sonic EQ (showed LE on opening in Desk Event)

- Background Manager

Fix SRC of Wave File and (error) on opening in Project

Revert to Previous (IZOTOPE) SRC for maintenance release.

(Use Shift Key on Boot to run in Debug to use HDSRC)

- one change for SonicEQ 2.6 (showing LE)

- revert Cocoa Plugins Changes (for maintenance release)


- Background Manager

• improved error messages on path names in BM

• add Filter Type to SRC

• Add “Go Fast” to make Background Manager run faster

NOTE - There is Little or NO User Interaction when enabled.

• MONO files are NOT processed in Pairs anymore

NOTE - You must add ALL Files to the File List to process them

- Fix delay in SRC (at head of file).

- changes for NN option testing

- Add timeout on opening PQ Log

- Cleanup SE UI wave header (buttons were not aligned)

- fix crash if mBit dither is enabled on launch

- Initial Cocoa Plugin Support (first checkin)


- Fix HD / FX and broken Prefs Window

- Fix Sample Rate not being show correctly in Meters Window

NOTE: Sonic HD Sample Rate Converter

This version has a new SRC that is for testing only.

Known Issue: There is a sample offset of 256 samples (it will be fixed).


- SE -cleanup meters window

- fix opening using default project

- fix illegal characters into “/” and “:”

- fix QT status window being cutoff at bottom.

- more on pref hints


- more work for securePlayer

- add securePlayer to Mark Info Delivery Window

- more work on cleanup/hints in Prefs window


- disable NOVA menu if no selection

- cleanup on nonoise menus

- fix Sonic EQ le in soundBlade HD

- cleanup on NoNOISE menu commands

- hit ‘s’ to enable “Snap to Zone” while dragging soundfile

- hit ‘e’ to enable “Snap to Edit” while dragging soundfile

- allow save over EDL (EDL Save As)

- shorten default project names (sBHD,..)

- Add “Show NoNoise Tools” to SE/HD

- Allow “Show NoNOISE Tools” for all NN options (was just FX)

- Do not use VINYL as default project name


- Fix one bug when playing 192K file (past end) - would stop before end

LImit is 2 hours of playback (for a single play)

- Stop Playing if user opens a plugin that is NOT under the playhead.

This fixes / prevents resetting state of the plugin (under playhead)


- Fix opening Project w/ muted plugins (desk events in EDL)

- Warn user to use a new name on Save As (Project)

- One fix for background SRC - please test

- Replace securePlayer with new version (name is


- Fix source destination menu

- Fix meters window (and dither display)

- “Copy Desk Prefs” enabled by default

- Add “Show NN Tools” to LE for VINYL UI


- Fix meters window


- remove “File Conversion” from BackMgr (again)

- make E/S selection easier

- remove CPU from meter window

- fix Reset Gain Al Faders (and link pairs)

- fix Prev button in Amarra Player (4330)


- Fix crash on set digital and 304

- Fix opening 2.3 Gig files.

- Add warning if export is over 4Gig

- Fix missing Feature popup in HD

- Fix incorrect font in panner window


- Fix DDP building waveforms in HD on Open DDP Image

- Fix incorrect display of monitor state on punch-in

- Show correct monitor state when using (PageUp/Down)

- 1117 - Disable editing of End Track Mark Name

- 1119 - Fix open soundfile and adding new tracks (if not needed)


- Fix SRP edit field (too far too right)

- Fix font in rename segment

- Fix Full EQ in HD

- Remove “File Conversion” from BackMgr.

- Do not remove DeleteTracks command in HD menu

- Cleanup window when large (white area)

3312 -

- Fix meter knobs size

- More work on plugin timing (from meters exports null)

- Fix missing SRP/Mark,

- Fix font size in prefs window


- Fix blinking cursor in desk edit field

- Fix Missing LTC window for HD

- Fix NoNOISE II FR not working

- Fix missing EDL Name for Project

- Fix truncated large export (6 channels 1 hour 96K)

- One timing change for plugins

- Add pref for mouse scroll

- Fixes for Amarra Secure Player

• Rewind / FF work

• Show current track / total tracks

• modified UI

Changes Since PreMaster CD 3.3.2 (3267)––

Product name changed from PreMaster CD to soundBlade LE

New Features:

- DDP File Open is now a standard feature

- Global Sonic EQ (basic filter set) is now a standard feature

- secure Player Delivery Tool has been added as a standard feature

- Improved support for compressed file playback (ALAC, mp4, mp3, AAC, FLAC)

- Recording up to 192 kHz with NoNOISE FX option.

Build 3301

- fix issues w/ NoNOISE menu

- fix Fonts in Export Tracks

Build 3299

- fix warning to save (after saving) and closing project

Build 3298

 - fix crash in export (if desk strips assigned incorrectly)

  - fix resetting of Edit Groups/Desk Strips

Build 3297

- fix one bug in export/ddp

- fix corruption in preferences file (caused by Audio IO)

Build 3294 (and earlier)

-IO Preferences - Add “Use Core Audio on Launch”

- Change scroll direction using wheel (in EDL)

-Fix one bug in Export that could cause hang

Build 3291

    - Fix Setting of Auto SRC

    - Add Edit After Export (back) to Export Tracks

    - Prevent “CPU Overload” alert (when not playing)

    - support RME devices (any device with No Settable Clock)

Build 3287

- PQ: - Fix setting of language to “en” for CDText on CD

     - EDL: Fix not being able to drag/lock marks.

     - EDL: Add/Fix Shift-click-arrow to extend selection

Build 3279

- Audio IO Preferences

Audio Interfaces are independent of Audio MIDI Setup.

Build 3277

- Alert user if non-ascii project name is used (on save)

- Fix background DeCrackle

- Fix incorrect CD-Text if Album artist is missing

Fixes shift of Track Names on loadback

Build 3273

- Return functionality: CMD+OPT on D and D adds Track End marks to tracks

Build 3270

Change to setting of Wave Header field AvgBytesPerSrc

Build 3269

Code to Detect and Report missed disc transfers

Changes since PreMaster 3.3 —

New Features:

- Added support for all common audio sample rates: 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 192 kHz

- Addition of global Sonic EQ (basic filter set)

- Added support for compressed file playback (ALAC, mp4, mp3, AAC, FLAC)

- DDP Open option is now standard, enabling opening of existing DDP file sets

- Delivery of DDP file sets

- Deliver a secure DPP player


- Improved handling of Sample Rate mismatch on startup and opening EDLs/soundfiles

- Improved handling of external Sample Rate changes

- Fix Display of Multiple Gain notes (delta display)

- Fix for Channel 2 mute when copying during playback

- Append “.aif, .wav” to recordings

- BWF Metadata fixes for date, coding history, etc.

- Fixes for Export EDL (bit depth and BWF data)

- Default an empty EDL to match Hardware SR.

- Changes to SRC and addition of DSD to SRC

- Fix waveform bugs

- Enhance TPDF dither

- Fix 1x DDP dump error

Mark Info

- Fixes for crashes in editing in Mark Info window

- Fixes to “Zoom to In/Out Edit Point” key command

- Fix for writing JAM files on Intel-based machines

- Fix inconsistent display and use of offset preferences

- Add auto increment of ISRC, clear fields on closing Project

- Fix crash in making a CD from a DDP (with no project open)

- Fix crash after aborting a CD delivery

Background Manger

Sample Rate Conversion

- Support for all common sample rates added

- Support for audio file type conversion

- Do not build waveforms added

- Improved file name handling

- Improved error message reporting


- Fix one crash in Type-E DeCrackle

- Enable NoNOISE II Commands for Selected Segments

- Fix Restore Click on selected segments

- Fix stall/improve speed on long E-Type decrackle

- Fix BBDN handling of Sample Rate above 44.1


- Improvements to BWF meta data handling in Export

- Fix dither checking in Export Tracks

- Improved deliveries and sound

Previous additions and fixes:

- Fix for opening sound files whose paths have been corrupted

- Fix for waveform not building on DDP Open

- Improved dither

- Fixes for exporting sound files at 24 bit

- Added .wav file export support

- Menu and command key fixes

- Other general fixes

- Sample Rate Conversion: soundBlade LE now comes with the Background Manager for Sample Rate Conversion to 44100 for CD delivery.

New Commands —

- Open EDL has been added to the File menu. This command allows you to navigate to EDLs within a Project folder and open them in a new project window.

- Open Dual Sound File command has been added. Selecting this command allows you to open dual mono files in sync, in to Panels Left and Right.

- DDP and CD TEXT DDPs created in soundBlade LE now reference CD TEXT information in the DDPMS and CDTEXT.BIN files. The TS file is still used to deliver CD TEXT to CD-R

System Tuning ––

There are a number of changes recommended to improve performance and stability.

- Apple Key Commands for Spotlight, Encore and other applications interfere with the keys for certain commands. They should be disabled in System Preferences...

- We have found that on most Mac systems, Apple’s Spotlight can seriously affect not only soundBlade LE’s performance, but other audio applications as well. We recommend disabling Spotlight as a step to resolving problems related to sound file skipping during playback or record.

To turn off Spotlight for a specific folder, volume or drive:

1) From the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen, select System


2) In the Personal section, select Spotlight, then select the Privacy tab.

3) Click the + button in the lower left corner and select the folder, volume or drive to be excluded. You can also drag the desired item to the list.

Start by preventing Spotlight from searching these locations:

• Your Home Folder

• Your internal or external audio drives

• Any back up drives connected

While disabling Spotlight completely on your Home Folder is an effective step in troubleshooting, it may not be the best permanent solution for some users. For more specific instructions on troubleshooting Spotlight, see:

Avoid running e–mail, browsers, or other applications while exporting or delivering DDPs, CDs.

Known Issues —

- Waves 9: A blank window will appear after opening a certain number of plug-ins.

There is no workaround at this time. (soundBlade SE and soundBlade HD)

- Auto Space duration set to 0 seconds using Crossfade as fade type with multiple files via Drag & Drop yields only one Start and End Mark

Work-around: Command A to select all files, then use Edited Black to Marks from Marks menu.

- Edit menu->Auto Space All Segments command with Marks produces error -20200.

Work-around: Clear Marks, execute command, remark project as needed- Sound files with names longer than 27 characters or special characters may prevent waveform metadata from being built. This may also prevent sample rate conversion from progressing.

Work-around: Rename file with <28 standard alphanumeric characters.

- Sample Rate Conversion of AIFC files is not supported.

- Because soundBlade LE employs the CD writing functions built into Mac OS, 3rd party optical disc writers are handled differently than Apple–supplied, in–built drives. A simple and inexpensive application, Christian Moeller’s PatchBurn <>, creates a “Device Profile” used by the operating system when addressing the drive. NOTE: Patchburn is not necessary in Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) or later.

- When using a 3rd party FireWire–attached CD-R or DVD-R drive, the device must be powered up and attached prior to starting soundBlade LE in order for the application to recognize the drive. To prevent rare but expensive repairs to your equipment, always plug in FireWire peripherals with power off, then power on afterwards.

- When rearranging CD Tracks in the Mark Info window, Track 1 cannot be moved.

Work-around: Move Track 1 using the Track Bar within Project.

- When dragging fades, sometimes the audio underneath the fade will move or be unintentionally offset on the time-line.

Work-around: Undo the fade change, perform the fade move again and then turn the fade tool off until needed to protect your fade settings.

- Occasionally, stereo playback or editing will break momentarily.

Work-around: Click on the mono Edit Mode button and back to stereo again to reset.

- If segments are moved after PQ Marks have been placed, your mark locations must be checked.

- If sound files are part of a Project when saved as a Default Project, the sound files will be referenced in all default Projects. Always save an empty Default Project.

3.0 Refinements —

- Response time for the user interface is improved.

- The maximum open file limit has been increased to 10,240 files.

- The PQ Listing now shows the CD Track, Artist and Album names.

- Opening .sd2 files with Region Markers, and Create Marks enabled, has been fixed.

- The ability to drag or drop an IMAGE.DAT file into a Project has been added.

- Fixed bug in the delivery of blank CDs when no Panels are selected in the Project.

- The delivery of DDP file sets will now always use the Destination Edit Group and top Panel in a Project. This change addresses the creation of empty DDP file sets.

- A change has been made which suspends background processing during auditions. This improves foreground process performance.

- Checking for the presence of valid iLoks when opening New Projects has been optimized to reduce the time required.

- Improvements have been made to reduce late read/writes during Delivery.

- Improvements to handle DDP file sets with more than one audio or DDPMS file.

- The PQ Listing now shows the CD Track, Artist and Album names.

- Improvements have been made to naming abilities in the Export Sound File process.

- The application returns an error if two Start of Track Marks are at same location.

- Improvements have to file name handling and waveform metadata creation.

- The Reverse Soundfile command has been fixed.

- The default behavior of command–dragging sound files into a Project has changed. In this release, holding down the command key when releasing a dragged sound file into a Project causes soundBlade LE to create Start of Track Marks for each sound file. To revert to the legacy behavior of Start and End of Track Marks, hold down the command and option keys prior to dropping sound files onto the top Panel.

- A fix has been made to address crashes on undo.

- A fix has been made to address crashes when quitting the application.

- A fix has been made to the Auto Space function so as to correctly read its preference setting.

- A fix has been made to handle extended ASCII characters with diacritical marks.

- A fix has been made to DDP deliveries when aborting and starting another job.

- A fix has been made to some menu items in soundBlade LE.

- Fixes have been made to clarify menu entries in soundBlade LE.

- A fix has been made that allows Shift–G to bring up the Gain dialog in Mark Info.

- A fix has been made to meter scaling in the Details window.

- A fix has been made to burn CD Text and ISRC with open session CD-Rs.

Implementation Specifics —

Please take note that the following features may seriously affect your use of this application:

- DDP file sets created by soundBlade LE are “source-mode complete.” This means that 2 seconds of pregap are present, with silence before the first SOT (Start of Track) mark. DDP file sets created by some vendors are “source-mode incomplete,” and are lacking the 2 second pregap.

- Note that, in the Speed menu, the descriptors are provided as a guide and are not explicit. Your actual delivery speed is host–specific and may vary from the stated rate.

- If segments are moved after PQ Marks have been placed, your mark locations must be checked.

- If sound files are part of a Project when saved as a Default Project, the sound files will be referenced in all default Projects. Always save an empty Default Project.

Using soundBlade LE with Avid® Hardware —

With the release of ProTools 9, the integration of soundBlade LE and Avid hardware became very easy. Just make sure that your Digidesign hardware setup is predefined in Audio MIDI Set Up as ‘Default Input’, ‘Default Output and ‘Properties For’ with OS 10.5, or ‘Use This Device For Sound Input’ and ‘Use This Device For ‘Sound Output’ with OS 10.6 and 10.7.

For older ProTools 7 hardware, you can add soundBlade LE to the list of recognized applications in the Digidesign CoreAudio Manager. Refer to Digidesign’s CoreAudio Usage Guide for information on associating soundBlade LE with your Pro Tools hardware and configuring the Digidesign CoreAudio Manager.

Contacting Sonic Studio, LLC —

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Software Updates —

Updates to soundBlade are available in the Downloads section of the Sonic Studio website.

studioCare Support Program —

Why Do You Need studioCare?:

Sometimes things don’t quite go as expected – usually with a deadline looming! Sonic Studio’s studioCare program gives you fast access to highly skilled and experienced engineers with a passion for audio as well as the capability to provide a solution. studioCare compliments the 30-day tech support that’s included with your software, extending and enhancing the value your product with high-priority response to your software and hardware questions. From the casual home studio to the largest corporate facility, you can count on studioCare to keep you ahead of the curve.

What Is studioCare?:

studioCare is Sonic Studio LLC’s professional priority support program. Designed with your needs in mind, it’s like having a technician on call, reducing downtime by prioritizing your incoming support requests. As a studioCare user, you can rest assured with:

• Priority support during regular Sonic Studio business hours.

• Scheduled support sessions 7 days a week.

• Access to pre-release software updates and patches

• Remote diagnosis and problem solving

• Getting answers - No question too simple or complex

• Recurring billing - keeps your coverage current

Annual Support & Maintenance Programs:

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soundBlade Tutorial Videos —


These video tutorial provide important instructions and tips for using Sonic Studio Pro software and are targeted at all soundBlade products.

View all soundBlade-releated videso HERE or select a topic from the list below:

Advanced Editing Techniques

Basic Navigation

How To Make A Quick CD

Using Plug-ins As Desk Events

Sonic Studio Process Sample Rate Converter

Sonic Studio Mastering EQ

Creating A Secure Player

Manual DeClick II Overview


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