Orinj version 4 beta

Submitted by mic on Wed, 09/26/2018 - 13:34

We are releasing version 4 of Orinj.

Beta release of Orinj

This is a beta release.

Beta means that this release has not been fully tested. We do not guarantee that it is stable. Use it if you are adventurous and want to experiment with the new features of Orinj.

Major changes in Orinj version 4

The following are significant changes between Orinj version 3 and Orinj version 4.

  • Full integration of MIDI files and loop files: In this version, a recording session can include wave files, MIDI files, and loop files. The previous version allowed on wave and MIDI files. MIDI integration was limited. It no longer is. Menu commands that before worked only on wave files will now also work on MIDI and loop files. Examples include the position of a sound block in the session, looping blocks, and others.
  • Consistent approach to editing sound files: You can now switch to the corresponding Orinj view– wave, MIDI, or loop – to edit any sound file in a session.
  • Better file management: All sound files – waves, loops, MIDI files – are editable, but originals are also kept. Original files will only change when the user chooses to save edits.
  • Better use of the wave and MIDI file formats: Markers (that is, comments or notes) () are now saved as parts of the MIDI file or wave file as is permitted by the MIDI and wave file format standards. These comments then remain in the files and will show up if these files are opened in other sessions or in other software.
  • Ease of use: Right-clicking on sessions, tracks, and sound blocks will produce popup menus with commands.
  • Converting MIDI to wave: Orinj can now convert MIDI files to wave files with the help of a DLS file. Specify a DLS file for the Orinj synthesizer in the preferences and convert the MIDI file in the MIDI roll view. Converting MIDI to wave helps to make use of the wave specific DSP effects (reverbs, equalizers, compressors, and others. In this beta release, this functionality is still experimental.
  • Replacing drum hits: Also experimental, this helps replacing all drum hits (e.g., all kicks) in a recorded track (e.g., a kick track) with another sample (e.g., another kick or something else). The replacement matches the position and amplitude of the original drum hits.
  • Generating waves: Orinj version 4 can generate square waves, saw waves, sine sweeps and other. The Orinj generators use a common framework that is similar to the one used by the Orinj effects. This means that anyone with programming skills can create generators to be used with Orinj.

Other changes in Orinj version 4

Smaller changes include:

  • Dither: The Orinj Dither is a new DSP effect.
  • Optimization of the graphical user interface and some effects (e.g., choruses, reverbs): The Oinj application is now lighter and faster.
  • Online help only: The Orinj help is no longer part of the application. It is now available only online.
  • "Do not show this message again" questions: The user can now choose to hide selected warnings.
  • Simpler installation and folder structure.

There are also bug fixes. We will list these in our forum.

Orinj version 4 and Java

Orinj version 4 will work on Java versions 7, 8, 9, and 10. Most importantly:

  • With Java 9 and 10 we no longer have to deal with small fonts, menus, and buttons on high-definition screens.
  • The same Orinj installation will work on all Java versions above. We no longer need different installations for different versions.


As always, licenses for version 4 will also enable all functionality in version 3. Licenses for version 3 will not enable all functionality in version 4.

What next

We are updating the online help for Orinj to better explain all the additions listed above.

In the meantime, we will be making changes to this beta release to prepare a stable release that will replace the current version 3.

authors: mic

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