WILLMAR - Chicken Systems is proud to release the public beta version 2.5 of their popular Translator program.

We finally got to the point a month or so ago that we could resist putting new enhancements into Translator, as to pull back, put the car in the garage, and do the refinements and optimization that can only be done by \"parking it.\" The result is Version 2.5, which is the speediest, most efficient, and most flexible Translator to date. Most everything has internally been cleaned up and sped up.

(For more information, see www.chickensys.com/translator)

So, what\'s in this new version?

Improved Roland->GigaSampler reading and grouping
Rewritten Ensoniq->Giga and E3/ESi->Giga routines
Full parameter sets for EXS, HALion, Roland XV-5080, and Triton
System context menus on left pane right-clicks
Korg Triton Support
SampleCell I support (as a source)
Overall speed and efficiency increase

New Roland Grouping function when translating entire disks. Many people have complained that when they translate a whole Roland CD, they wind up with 2gigs or more of data. This is because of how the Roland architecture is done; many Patches/Performances share samples, and with separate .gig files you can\'t share samples. A possible solution would be to make 1 gigantic .gig file for the CD, but that doesn\'t work because a .gig file can only hold 128 Instruments.

Our solution is to calculate \"groups\" of Patches or Performances that share certain quantities of samples, and make 20-30 large .gig files. This possibly cuts replication down to zero, although there will possibly be some.

Check the new option in Options-Roland, under \"Bulk Disk Convert in Groups.\" This only kicks in when you are converting an entire disk (drag the disk or the Performance Folder, or the Patches folder), and it works with Performances or Patches.

You can now modify the incoming samples you are translating; you can clip leading or trailing samples to a certain threshold. This often makes a sample more responsive, and saves space. Check the new option in Options-Other.

SoundFont: Combines linked stereo samples
Added more parameters
Split large SoundFonts which have >128 Presets or Insts
Ensoniq: The routine has been rewritten to accommodate some of the more esoteric Ensoniq functions
Combines \"Layer-Linked\" stereo samples
Support Pitch Tables
Supports Layer Delay (by adding silence to the sample, since this is not available in Giga)
Improved filter translations
Emu 3/ESi: Combines stereo samples
Added Velocity support
Added more parameters
SampleCell: Added SampleCell I (source) support
All: Added new Giga 2.2 parameters (Attack Vel Sense, control info, LFO 2, 3, other)

We added Custom Comment sheet in Options; for Giga and .wav files, so now you can add you own comments to every .gig file that is translated. Also, when extracting .wav files from .gig files, you have the option to transfer Giga comments and embed these in the resulting .wav files.

You can now extract objects out of a .gig file; either each individual Instrument, or each sample as a single generic .gig file, or \"groups\" of Giga Instrument with like samples (see the Roland description above, it\'s the same routine). Just right-click on a .gig file on the left pane.

We included Giga in Audio Stripping processes, in the Audio Processor.

Garth Hjelte
Chicken Systems Customer Support
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