[LAA] [ANN] Ecasound 2.4.6 released

Kai Vehmanen kvehmanen at eca.cx
Mon Aug 13 19:13:27 EDT 2007

Hello all,

Ecasound 2.4.6 has been released! Releases notes follow:

1. Summary of changes

Ability to specify a custom configuration resource file
has been added. Several long-standing bugs have been fixed. 
The licensing of rubyecasound has been changed.

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.

3. Changes since last release

* Ability to specify a custom resource file has been added.
   This allows to use different settings for different sessions,
   without having to modify system wide, nor user's default,
   settings. Additionally, by specifying a null resource file,
   accesses to global and user resource files can be disabled.
   This can be done with the '-R' ecasound option and 'resource-file'
   interactive mode command (see ecasound (1) and ecasoundrc (5) man

* License of rubyecasound, Ruby implementaion of the Ecasound
   Control Interface (ECI), has been changed from GPL to LGPL. This
   aligns rubyecasound with other ECI implementations.

* Fixes to many long-standing bugs. See the full change list
   for details.

Full list of changes is available at:
  - http://www.eca.cx/ecasound/history.php

4. Interface and configuration file changes

None in this release.

5. Contributors to this release

Patches - Accepted code, documentation and build system changes

   * Martin Michlmayr (1)
       Header inclusion errors reported by GCC 4.3
   * Junichi Uekawa (1)
      Incorrect page numbers in TOC of the programmer's and user's guides

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

   * Joe Planisky (1)
       Bug in time crop gate (-gc).
   * Rémi Rouaud (1)
       Parsing bugs triggered by localized LADSPA plugins
   * Aaron Heller and Etienne Deleflie (1)
       Chainsetups with loop devices would run infinitely

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

   * Klaus Schulz and Keith Creasy (1)
       Ability to specify a custom ecasound resource file

6. Links and files

Web site (and mirrors):
 	http://eca.cx (fi)
 	http://ecasound.seul.org (us)
 	http://ecasound.sourceforge.net (us)

Source packages:
 	md5sum: b095cacd668d67438f75ea8336b9eed0

List of distributions with maintained Ecasound support:
 	See http://eca.cx/ecasound/download.php

  links, my public keys, etc at http://eca.cx/kv

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