A little over a week ago our web site www.har-bal.com was broken into by a hacker who caused a great deal of trouble to both us and our customers. As a result we have abandoned the registered user access to protected areas and all that went with it as a means to ensure the
proper functioning of our site in the future. The web site has been completely re-designed.
We shall be returning to our normal approach of making updates available to registered users if and when they become available. Version 1.5 is not officially released yet except as beta 3 There are a couple of
outstanding issues with ASIO and unusual speed / performance issues on specific machines.
Below are the details of the latest version. Please forward this message to other producers/engineers through your mailing lists that the site is up and running again.
Changes to the GUI include the introduction of a volume control plus the
replacement of the gain drop down list with a slider control. Furthermore
the track statistics are now displayed on the graph (source file name,
filter file name, peak and average power figures of merit).
Finally, five small buttons appear in the bottom right hand corner of the
application screen. The first two control whether focus markers are
displayed and whether the original spectrum is displayed. The focus markers
show you which spectrum represent what is currently playing. The remaining
three buttons toggle the spectrum traces on or off (i.e.. average power,
geometric mean, and peak power).
Two new shelving tools now appear to the left of the gain tool (now renamed
parametric EQ). The first is a low shelf, the second a high shelf tool. Use
of these is largely self evident.
An extra menu command, Equalizer/Match Loudness, can be used to match the
average loudness figures of merit of the current track with the current
reference in an instant. This is quite useful for normalising.
An Equalizer/Loop menu command has been added which does as it says it does.
When pressed while the track is playing the track will loop between the
point at which the play button was pressed and the point at which the loop
button was pressed. Looping will continue indefinitely or until the loop
mode is toggled off.
A tip files feature has been added that gives you information regarding the
character of particular parts of the spectrum while you make adjustments
based on advice stored in a tip file. A tip file is simply a text file and
you can easily create your own tip files should you wish to. An example is
included in this beta and more will be compiled for the final release. To
test this feature open the tip file in the HarBalTip_Files folder and show
the tips. Then select one of the editing tools and move it over different
parts of the spectrum to see what happens.
A range of views have been added to give more information to the user. You
can now select between Spectrum View, Frequency Response View, and Impulse
Response View. You can use the tools to make adjustments in the former two
views but not the latter. To change the view use the Graph/View menu
When Recording EQ