Version History BPM Studio Private, Pro and Standard

Version 1.5.0 / release date: 2.08.1999
Version 2.0.0 / release date: 18.11.1999
Version 3.0.0 / release date: 20.04.2000
Version 3.0.5 / release date: 03.05.2000
Version 3.2.0 / release date: 23.08.2000
Version 3.2.5 / release date: 04.09.2000
Version 3.3.0 / release date: 12.10.2000
Version 3.4.0 / release date: 06.11.2000
Version 3.4.5 / release date: 14.11.2000
Version 3.4.6 / release date: 28.11.2000
Version 4.0.0 / release date: 15.06.2001
Version 4.1.0 / release date: 04.09.2001
Version 4.2.0 / release date: 05.11.2001
Version 4.5.0 / release date: 02.05.2002
Version 4.6.0 / release date: 13.05.2002
Version 4.7.0 / release date: 12.11.2002
Version 4.7.3 / release date: 08.04.2003
Version 4.7.4 / release date: 17.04.2003

Version 4.7.5 / release date: 22.05.2003
Version 4.8.0 / release date: 18.09.2003
Version 4.9.0 / release date: 10.03.2004
Version 4.9.1 / release date: 22.03.2004
Version 4.9.5 / release date: 31.12.2004
Version 4.9.6 / release date: 11.01.2005
Version / release date: 10.13.2005
Version 4.9.8 / release date: 24.05.2007
Version / release date: 29.05.2007
Version / release date: 18.07.2007
Version / release date: 03.07.2008
Version / release date: 05.12.2008
Version / release date: 20.03.2009
Version / release date: 14.11.2009
Version / release date: 24.11.2009
Version / release date: 29.06.2010
Version / release date: 23.09.2010

Version release date: 23.09.2010

1. Support for new dongle type

You can download the Update right here

Version release date: 29.06.2010

1. fixed an problem with VBR files

2. sampler memory detection under 64 bit systems fixed

3. several corrections/fixes for 64 bit systems

4. new drivers for 64 bit systems in the setup

You can download the Update right here

Version release date: 24.11.2009

1. M3U playlist could not be loaded

2. Editing of tracks was not possible

3. Runtime error 217 in private version fixed

You can download the Update right here

Version release date: 14.11.2009

1. fixed an access violation when the archive was empty

2. improved ASIO compatiblity

3. improved ASIO resampler, sometimes clicks could occur

4. improvements for MultiCore processors, i.e. Dual Core

5. improved Memory Manager, faster memory allocation, less fragmentation, MultiCore optimised

6. fixed a problem in waitlist mode, when single play was enabled

7. reworked the options, they will be shown now in modern windows design

8. adjustments for Windows 7 in the application and installation

6. several other minor bugs and issues fixed

You can download the Update right here

Version release date: 20.03.2009

1. improved ASPI driver detection

2. improved dongle detection and behaviour

3. "Out of Memory" error while scanning the hard drive (hopefully) fixed, we could not reproduce this

4. change the FaderStart box code to support other mixers

5. import of "Smartmusic" playlists fixed and reworked

6. several other minor bugs and issues fixed

You can download the Update right here

Version release date: 05.12.2008

1. tracks could not be edited, fixed

2. in network configurations is now a possibility to define master computer

3. function "Archiv-Update" reworked, repairs now the archive and corrects file paths

4. several other minor bugs and issues fixed

You can download the Update right here

Version release date: 03.07.2008

1. fixed some crackling noise in the kernel and asio drivers

2. fixed some problems with the loop player, i.e. the LED's on the RCP

3. improved the CD-Writer compatiblity and detection

4. improved compatiblity to windows Vista

5. several other minor bugs and issues fixed

You can download the Update right here

Version release date: 18.07.2007

1. speedup of the "scan for files" function, VBR files will be no longer automaticall scanned

2. fixed the "archiv update" function, finds only new files now and removes non existing files or corrects paths of moved files

3. new group menu entry "Scan VBR files" to manually scan VBR files and get correct play times

4. fixed a bug in the password login dialog

5. fixed an "Outline Index out of bounds" error before the seach dialog

6. fixed an minor problem with the quicksearch while typing characters in the archive

7. fixed a bug with deleting identical tracks

8. fixed a bug with the time display on the RCP's

9. fixed an access violation at the end of a track

10. fixed a problem with cue points and the MasterTempo

11. improved the CD-Writer compatiblity and detection

12. fixed a lockup bug with IE7/WMP11 and mmrtkrnl.exe

13. fixed a player lockup problem when IE7 or WMP11 is installed

14. fixed some issues with Cues and Loops when using the tempo function, cues and loops completely reworked

You can download the Update right here

Version release date: 29.05.2007

1. fixed a error in the BPM Counter with Multichannel Directsound devices

2. fixed a problem with the AutoSave function

3. fixed a problem with sometimes distorted sound after some time

4. fixed a bug in the options when switching between DirectSound and WaveOut

5. the latency in the audio option was sometimes not updated correctly

6. improved again time syncronity between software and hardware

You can download the Update right here

Version 4.9.8/ release date: 24.05.2007

1. fixed a problem when loading tracks in the CD-Player

2. fixed a problem in the loop sampler

3. fixed an access violation at the end of a track when using the master tempo function

4. the red dot for played tracks was sometimes not set correctly

5. general better stability and performance

6. more modern design for the options window etc.

7. new installation system for compatiblity with Windows Vista

8. new cd writer library which now supports not only ASPI but also SPTI. That way it supports now all CD writers and writer types even USB ????and FireWire. The CD writer upgrade is included with the Windows Vista upgrade but is also available separately in our shop.

9. new Mastertempo for the Windows Vista upgrade, after upgrading to this version the new HQ Mastertempo is of course also available under other operating systems.

10. the time display in the remote control was sometimes not syncron with the software

11. fixed a runtime error in the BPM Studio Player

12. adjustment of the audio engine for new soundcards, better overall compatiblity and stability

13. automatic channel detection implemented under Windows Vista. For Vista it's no longer required to supply the number of channels on the commandline. To use Multichannel Directsound under Vista you need to set the correct number of channels in the Vista audio settings. I.e. set 5.1 for 6 channels or 7.1 for 8 channels.

14. support of BPM Studio Pro for the AlcaTech Music-Services

15. support for USB network dongles implemented

16. ???? support for new USB/Serial adapters implemented

17. extended options for Faderstart/Stop

18. many other smaller bugfixes and corrections

18. Windows Vista compatiblity, find the Upgrades here

You can download the Update right here

Version release date: 10.13.2005

1. the archive of BPM Studio are now compatible to DigiScratch 2

2. file format "AMA" (Alcatech MusicAbo) now supported

3. fixed a problem with antivirus software

You can download the Update right here

Version 4.9.6/ release date: 11.01.2005

1. The Ripper could crash sometimes

2. When using the MasterTempo it could also occur a crash

3. fixed a problem with the Kernel driver under Win9x

4. Some other minor things

You can download the Update right here

Version 4.9.5/ release date: 31.12.2004

1. Different small problems fixed in the Ripper

2. When ripping complete CD's wrong position ssaved

3. When editing multiple fileinfos (ID3) the selection checkbox is now checked when entereing something in a edit field.

4. The MultiChannel option was not saved correctly

5. The kernel driver is now again loaded correctly under Win9x

6. ASIO performance and stability optimiced for smallest latencies

7. If the playlist was empty no tracks could be loaded with the Remote Controls

8. The CDDB lookup now correcty "various" entries for samplers

9. Fixed a bug in the Loop Sampler (skips)

10. Improved and speed up the harddrive scan for files

11. Mpeg Deocoder optimization when loading VBR files, support for Mpeg 2.5 LSF files.

12. Support for new CD-Writers, for details visit the support section at

13. The config window of the streaming module sometimes disappeared

14. In the FileOpen dialog files could sometimes not loaded correctly when these files are located on connected network drives

15. The recording could sometimes not started correctly

16. In Time-Remaining mode the time display was sometimes not updated correctly on the remote controls

17. At the end of the Brak function was a click

18. Overall performance improvement

You can download the Update right here

Version 4.9.1/ release date: 22.03.2004

1. This update fixes a few minor problems of version 4.9 (ripper, little player and so on).

You can download the Update right here

Version 4.9/ release date: 10.03.2004

1. A sand glass appeared while working with the program and did not go away, this problem has been solved.

2. After setting Direct-Cue Points and changing the ID3Tag, the Cue Points could not be loaded again.

3. Once a file has been deleted, the corresponding SCN and Cue File will also be deleted.

4. Also with large archives the search function will not lead to dropouts any longer. The priority allocation has been optimized.

5. When starting BPM Studio the autostart option of the CD-Rom LW will be switched off.

6. Usually, the BPM Studio uses the start-date for the list of played songs. This is necessary
to view all songs played after 12 p.m. in one list.In some cases this option is not wanted,
therefore you have the opportunity to switch this function with the registration value "UseRealDateForPlayed" off.

7. During the manual fading the Direct-Cue Points have not been loaded correctly.

8. Within the search function the typing of letters esp. fast typing, caused sometimes errors.

9. The autobackup function executes now 50 instead of 10 rotating backups, to prevent the overwriting of backups.

10. The Kernel driver has not been installed correctly on some systems, this problem has been solved.

11. The full text search with (Wildcards *, ?) can now be switched off.

12. Within the options you have now the opportunity to specify that a multiChannel soundcard
is being used. This makes the soundcard-test unnecessary and improves the synchrony between the
Main and Monitor channel.

13. There was a problem when setting Cue-Points directy on Audio CD's.

14. The FreeCDDB can now also output "Year" und "Genre" if this values exist in the data. BPM Studio supports now this add-on.

15. If the archive was sorted by time, problems occured.

16. When changing the data directory, the path for play lists is also being changed.

17. Some (WDM) soundcards played mono data too fast.

18. The MP3 encoder allows now to encode 48 Khz.

19. USB serial devices and USB remote control units (if available) book in correctly even though the connection was teared apart.

20. The system sounds will be restored (hopefully) when shutting down BPM-Studio.

21. Changes on the Kernel driver, fixes for the new M-Audio Delta driver as well as the Hammerfall DSP system, in general a better compatibility with divers drivers.

22. The Kernel driver now supports hyperthreading and is not crashing down, when hyperthreading is activated in the Bios.

23. Changed latency allocation and the display within the kernel driver, e.g. the hammerfall DSP system works now with a 1.5 ms latency, and this absolutely stabil!

24. The Kernel driver supports now the switching of the latency within the running system over the Control Panel of the soundcard, if this is supported by the soundcard. (e.g. Hammerfall DSP system)

25. Within the FileOpen dialog it was not possible to choose an entry using the CheckBox
when trying to choose a titled device e.g. "DATA (E:)"

26. When scanning the archives it was possible that defective ID3Tags crashed BPM Studio.
Esp. a program named MP3Ext writes tags with wrong size specifications, which are not expected.

27. When accessing the "SearchDialogs" using the shortcut ALT+S and accidentally pressing
W the key lock activated itself and it was not possible to press any key neither of the keyboard nor of the remote control.

28. Support for many new CD Recorders, you can find a detailed list here.

29. The sorting of columns within the lists has been advanced. Only the list shown is sorted immediately, the sorting of the whole archive is done in the background.

30. Is a file being deleted, it is moved directly into the recycle bin, besides the shift key is being pressed at the same time, then the file will be deleted straight away. BPM Studio follows the Windows conventions.

31. BPM Studio supports starting with version 4.9 the Hercules DJ Console.

32. When changing the data directy the playlists are not imported correctly, this has been solved.

You can download the Update right here

Version 4.8/ release date: 18.09.2003

1. Under some rare conditions BPM-Studiio could crash after arround 45 minutes - fixed.

2. Sometimes the change of a CD was not detected correctly, it was required to toggle to the CD-Writer module first - fixed.

3. Support for many new CD Recorders, you can find a detailed list here.

4. There was a bug in the loop sampler when saving a loop on the sampler buttons - fixed.

5. Several other small bugs fixed and internal details changed to move forward to version 5...

You can download the Update right here

Version 4.7.5 / release date: 22.05.2003

1. When the ASIO driver was used sometimes there appeared a message "Out of memory" - fixed

2. Because of the usage of a new Frauenhofer MP3 encoding library the quality of encoded files has gone worse than before - now we´re using the formerly used library again. The encoding quality should be the same like before.

3. Recording and streaming of mp3 files only took place in 64 kBit - fixed.

4.Support for many new CD Recorders, you can find a detailed list here.

5. There was a bug when doing some loops in the sample player - fixed.

You can download the Update right here

Version 4.7.4 / release date: 17.04.2003

1. Not all the samples within the sample player are loaded starting the program - fixed
You can download the Update right here

Version 4.7.3 / release date: 08.04.2003

1. Crashes and freezes after 3-8 hours, after restarting the message appeared "Dongle not found" - fixed.

2. Double click on mp3-files, no playing in the MP3 player - fixed.

3. Some other smaller bugs - fixed.

You can download the Update right here

Version 4.7.0 / release date: 12.11.2003

1. Support for many new CD Recorders, you can find a detailed list here

2. Kernel driver fix for Maya 7.1, works now with all 8 channels at 3ms.

3. DirectSound Multichannel Fix for Maya 7.1, works now with all 8 channels

4. DirectSound Multichannel Fix for Maya 7.1USB and Maya 5.1USB

5. Support for Techno Data USB dongles (new)

6. We now use instead of as CDDB Server,
Gracenote has changed the licence conditions.

7. BPM Studio is now capable to run Applications when you start BPM Studio in the exclusive shell mode. You can usethe following registry key to specify the Applications that should be started when running in exclusive shell mode:


The pattern follows the conventions of:


You can specify more than one Application in this registry key, this was necessary because some soundcards don’t offer all functions if you don’t start their control panel, this sometimes also affects the Kernel driver

8. Support for Windows media files (requires Windows media 9 Encoder SDK which can be found here)

9. Alot of further bug fixes...

You can download the Update right here

Version 4.6.0 / release date: 13.05.2002

1. improved CD-ROM Support under W2K/XP (faster, without pause between the Tracks)

2. unfortunately the File Archive was sometimes not correctly loaded and destroyed completely

3. some critical errors in the Kernel Driver recovered. This could cause the entire system to crash after longer time.

Version 4.5.0 / release date: 02.05.2002

1. The Quick-Search function in the file archive didn't work properly, fixed

2. Some special characters have not been shown correctly in the scroll text display, fixed

3. When applying several users, the playlist archive wasn't stored, and the lists were stored in folders. fixed

4. Kernel Driver adaption for theRME HammerFall and HammerFall DSP

5. The HTTP server could be initiated to crash, fixed

6. Support for many new CD Recorders as follow:
- Acer 6206A / 4232A / 4432A / 6232A / 6432A / 8430A / 8432A / 1032A / 1832A / 1208A / 1610A / 2010A / 2410A
- Actima 4420
- AOpen 9420 / 9624
- Creative Labs 2224 / 4224 / 4800 / 6424 / 8432 / 8433 / 8435E / 8438E / 121032E
- Cyberdrive CDRW602
- Grundig CDR100IPW
- Hewlett Packard 4020 / 6020 / 7100 / 7200 / 7500 / 8100 / 8200 / 8250 / 8290 / 9100 / 9200 / 9300 / 9500 / 9600 / 9700 / 9900 / M820E
- Hewlett Packard DVD+RW Writer 100
- Hi-Val 2242
- Iomega All Models
- Imation 4x4x20 / 8x2x20
- JVC XR-W2010 / XR-W2020 / XR-W2040 / XR-W2080 / XR-W4080
- Kodak PCD225 / PCD600
- LG/Goldstar 8041 / 8042 / 8080 / 8081 / 8082 / 8083 / 8120 / 8160
- Lite-On All Models
- Memorex 620 / 1622 / 2642 / 2216 / 4224 / 6424 / 8432 / 8220S
- Micro Solutions BACKPACK (all models)
- Mitsumi 2401TS / 4801TE / 4802TE / 4804TE / 4808TE
- Mitsubishi CDRW226
- NEC 7500 / 7700 / 7800
- Olympus CDS615E / CDS620E
- Panasonic (Matsushita) 7501 / 7502 / 7582 / 7503 / 7585 / 7586 (see notes below)
- Philips 522 / 2000 / 2600 / 3600 / 3610 / 3801 / 4201 / 4401 / 4801 / 4851 / PCRW1610 / PCRW2010 / OmniWriter
- Philips PCRW2410
- Pinnacle RCD5040 / RCD4X4
- Plasmon RF4100 / CDR4220 / CDR4240 / CDR480
- Plextor All Models
- Ricoh 1420C / 6200 / 6201 / 7040 / 7060 / 7063 / 7080 / 7083 / 7120 / 7125 / 7163 / 7200 / 8040 / 9060 / 9120
- Ricoh 7240 / DVD+RW Writer 5120
- Samsung SW-204 / SW-206 / SW-207 / SW-208 / SW-212 / SW-216/ SM-304 / SM-308 / SW-408
- Sanyo All Models
- Smart & Friendly All Models
- Sony 920S / 924S / 948S / CRX100 / CRX110 / CRX120 / CRX140 / CRX145 / CRX160 / CRX168 / CRX0811 / CRX1611
- Sony CRX170 / CRX175 / CRX185 / CRX2411
- TDK All Models
- Teac CD-R50S / CD-R55S / CD-R56S / CD-R58S / CD-W54E / CD-W512E / CD-W516E
- Teac CD-W524E
- Toshiba SD-R1002 / SD-R1102 / SD-R2002 / SD-R2102
- Traxdata CDRW2260 / CDRW4260 / CDR4120 / CDRW2224 Plus
- Waitec WT2036 / WT2422 / WT2444 / WT3244 / WT412 / WT624 / WT824 / WT4046 / WT2082 / WT3284
- Wearnes CDR-432 / CDR-632 / CDRW-622
- Yamaha All Models

7. Many further small bigfixes

8. Support for the Creative Audigy sound card

Version 4.2.0 / release date: 05.11.2001

1. Some programs create incorrect BPM values in the ID3 Tag, which were interpreted by BPM Studio in a wrong way then. The values are always interpreted correctly now.

2. M3U Playlists from WinAmp have partially not been loaded correctly, when relative path data were used, fixed.

3. The Loop problem on some soundcards with DirectX 8 was corrected.

4. Under Win2K/XP an access violation took sometimes place within the AutoFade mode, fixed.

5. The file-update function listed all the titels as new ones, where the path itself had changed, fixed.

6. The buttons +DIR, +FILE were not brought up to date, when the data path itself had changed within the options and an update would have been necessary, fixed.

7. The network dongle had not been recognized correctly anymore because of an error within the MARX library, fixed.

8. Little bug corrected when writing the ID3v1 Tags

9. Bug corrected within the ID3 parser, so the file could not be loaded completely anymore.

10. Kernel-Driver fixes for new Win9x driver of the DELTA cards.

11. Kernel-Driver for W2K/XP, which are only available for cards, which offer this option at the moment, but then with up to 2ms latency!!! (eg Egosys-GigaStation)

12. Kernel- Driver support for WDM audio driver among Win9x (GigaSampler) (WaMi Box)

13. DirectSound support for Multichannel Interleaved WDM driver (Emagic EMI 2|6)

14. Performance optimization for USB audio devices, which functions optimally in connection with BPM-Studio and with the lowest latency now.

15. Drastical performance optimizations for Win2K/XP.

16. Some rarely appearing access violations were corrected (Win2K/XP)

17. Sometimes (very rarely) a hop appeared at the beginning of a title, when, after Auto-Cue, the Positions-Slider was moved to 0 during the play, fixed.

18. When a start position had been set within the File-Editor, the setting of "on the fly" cue points did not work correctly, fixed.

19. The Cue points of older versions(< 4.x), which were set within the File Editor, are imported now when loading a title.

20. Direct support for the FTDI USB -> Serial Converter, which will be offered directly by ALCATech soon. With this adapters the remote controls can be also driven by USB optimally.

21. Support for USB Dongles, these are available at ALCATech at an extra charge.

NOTE: With this version and thanks of the pro advanced hardware development it is finally possible to inset BPM Studio on notebooks now, too:
- USB audio hardware from different manufacturers
- USB Dongles
- USB Serial Adapter for the connection of a remote control on notebooks without COM Port

Version 4.1.0 / release date: 04.09.2001

1) Kernel driver adapted to Marc-2, Marc-4 and Hammerfall DSP system

2) Bug fixed in BRAKE function (change between BRAKE and pause in software)

3) Bug fixed in demo version, while Audio-Play and when Evaluation message showed up

4) W2K Bug fixed in Audio Engine, dropouts when fast pushing the CUP button

5) Bug fixed in Audio Engine, sometimes BPM hang when turning into SeekMode (SetPosition)

6) BPM-Match function changed for Slider version, see also revised manual

7) Kernel driver newly compiled, by using a new compiler a wrong code was compiled which led to a crash on some soundcards

8) When ripping the last frame of some CD's a error could be caused, fixed

9) Little Bug cured when updating the Title Scrollings in AutoPlay

10) Option "Warn Before Remove Files" was not saved, fixed

11) When creating "users" in BPM Studio or the File Archive was put on a self-defined folder, then the Playlist Archive had probably not been saved, fixed

12) In the CD-Writer nothing could be inserted from the Clipboard, fixed

13) When inserting many files into a CD-Writer file project, partly a negative file size was presented and the bar was calculated wrong, fixed

14) In Extra Info Dialog for completely ripped CD's (Disc-at-once-Track) was a access violation when the dialog had been opened consecutively 2 times, fixed

15) By sorting subsequent to BPM, values were grouped wrong. First values over 100, then values under 100 (eg 99) were listed, fixed

16) Realtime BPM Counter did not show the exact "hundred points" but only the_00.x because of rounding errors, especially at titles oscillating between 99.9 and 100 BPM, fixed

17) When users who used the archive of the administrator were created, it was possible that administrator and user have overwritten the cue points mutually. Now each user has his own cue directory whereas in the options menu it is adjustable, if the Cues of the administrator should be loaded if the user has not created any Cues for the title. If Cues get modified or newly created, they will always be saved within the Cue directory of the user.

18) Sometimes the FadeIn didn't work correctly (in AutoPlay or via Fade button) and the title did start with full loudness immediately, fixed

19) BPM-Studio Clean Start unfortunately didn't work any more...

20) Mono files were not loaded and played any more (by bug in AGC), fixed

21) After creating users with an own File Archive no ripping and encoding was possible within this user, because the directory was not created on the harddisk, fixed

22) When recording in MP3 in the recorder, the format adjusted in the options will be used now

23) At Ice/Shoutcast Streaming the MetaInfos will be transferred also by twofold Playlist, previously this took place only by Waitlist.

24) If the Genre field is left free when ripping, "other" will not be inserted anymore.

25) In the modus "Sorted Archive" the sort button remains pressed now to make the sorted modus more knowable.

26) The directory for Playlists is normally the data directory under the BPM installation, because it has to remain private also for several users, every user has his own Playlists.

27) BPM-Studio creates now a backup of the File- and Playlist Archives automatically by any program start. This function can be switched off in the program options. The backup will be created in the data directory "\Backup\Date+Time" and can be loaded anytime by the backup function, eg should the archive disappear, which will happen very rarely. To avoid useless loading of the harddisk, only 10 of the latest backups will be stored. All the elder ones will be deleted automatically.

28) Through a little bug by the "silentless at the end" detection during the normalization, some titles were normalized over an over, fixed

29) When generating the list "Songs Played" the date will be taken from the program start now, otherwise two lists would be created for an evening that lasts past midnight, because the date changes in that case, too. So it was difficult to retrace the complete evening.

30) The maximum size of the files which can be loaded into the Sampler will be determined dynamically and independently from the RAM
ex 64 MB : 30 sec
ex 128 MB : 40 sec
ex 256 MB : 60 sec
ex 512 MB : 120 sec
ex 1024 MB : 240 sec

31) When editing the File Infos of several titles under W2K only the first title was changed, fixed

32) The level indicator in the left display of the old remote controler did not work, fixed

33) Debouncing time of the buttons of the new remote controls was increased, unfortunately malfunctions by contact bouncing appeared occasionally especially by using the Play/Break and Cue buttons.

Version 4.0.0 / release date: 15.06.2001
4.0.0 / New Features:
1. As the popup menus became even longer by more functions, now rarely used entries are hidden in the style of WinME or Office 2000. The hidden entries can be made visibly at any time by clicking the small arrows downward in the menu. The hiding of the menus itself can completely switch off by option, then everything remains as usual.

2. The standard groups like " SEARCH RESULTS ", " NEW FILES " etc. are now always in the selected language shown, by changing the language the names of those standard groups will be renamed accordingly.

3. Print functions, aye! -) Both the Playlists, and individual groups in the File Archive can be printed. However, groups inclusive sub-groups or the complete archive can be printed,. The print functions can be adapted by means of extensive settings and sorting possibilities to almost all needs, a WYSIWYG Print Preview is available as well.

4. The columns in the File Archive and the Playlists can be specified now freely and changed in the size. By double-click on a column in the header of the File Archive, the archive sorts itself after this column. Thus the columns can be adapted to all needs.

5. BPM Studio was extended by an efficient Playlist Managment. In Playlist View, complete Playlists can be put on and sorted in different groups. Furthermore, in Playlist View a list of the played songs is administered in order to recognize at a glance and at any time which titles have been played on a certain day. Of course the Playlists can simply be loaded into the Playlists of the Players again, printed, sorted, etc.. Now by printing a list with the played songs a GEMA lists can be provided.

6. Has a search in the archive been unsuccessful, the search dialogue will now show up immediately to make a corrected input and/or renewed search simpler. The dialogue can be simply cancelled with ESC of course.

7. Visualizations options can be adjusted now for each Player individually, e.g. left Player Spectrum Analyzer, right Player Cue points.

8. Up to 6 Cue Points can be stored now directly in the Players. To switch into the Cue Point Mode, right mouse button in the display and then to Cue memory. All Cue points are of course equipped with Instant Cue and can be called up in under 6 ms, thus very interesting sampling effects can be realized. In order to store the Cue Points, any file which has been created for Cue Points is being put in a file with the ending .cue that contains the Cue Points. Additionally, complete loops can be placed on the Cue buttons as well which extends the sampling possibilities even more.

9. " Automatic Gain Control " to regulate the volume automatically. Further explanations in the manual.

10. In the Ripper a complete CD can be now be copied as individual Track. This is sensible for CD's without pause between the Tracks (mix etc..). The individual Tracks and positions are stored thereby and is such mix leaded into the Player later, the individual titles can be controlled by pressing the Track buttons with the right mouse button, the left mouse button goes to the next or previous Track as before. The Extra Tracks can be edited via the button "More..." in the FileInfo dialogue.

11. Pitch or BPM Matching (Pitch To) works now via the remote control as well. Is the "Match" function activated in a Player, the BPM value of one Player is adapted to the BPM value of the other Player. The other Player to which the pitch was adapted to works immediately as master, i.e. each change on the pitch slider of the Players causes likewise a change of pitch in the other Player, thereby the speed of the Players remain synchronous. The Player momentary active as " Pitch Master " is recognizable by a flashing Pitch LED. Is a new Track loaded into the Master Player, the Pitch Lock is cancelled and the slider of the Slave Player works again. The Pitch of the Slave Players however remains at the given value by the Master as long as either the Pitch is switched off or the Pitch Slider has been moved some millimeters.

12. It gives now a real Brake Function. With the current Player running one can let the Player run out slowly by pressing the Play button with the right mouse button, afterwards the Player stands on Pause. Pressing the Play button with the right mousebutton at a halted Player lets the Player run up slowly, the Cue Point remains always unchanged. The Brake Function can be cancelled at any time by pressing anew Play with the right mouse button. With the new remote control is it possible to switch on/off the Brake Function via the Brake button and then handled directly via the Play button. While a Player executes Brake itself, the Player can be manually pushed or slowed down by means of the internal Jog Wheel, similarly to a turntable.

13. Pressing of the " Match BPM " button (previous " PitchTo") with the right mouse button fades out the Player with the adjusted fade time.

14. The reset of the position of the Player isn't done any longer by pressing the Cue button twice, but by holding the Cue button for 1 second. Thus changing between track beginning and set Cue is possible. With the old function (pressing 2x) it unfortunately could cause faulty operations frequently.

15. On BPM-Studio Pro two remote controls can be attached at the same time. This is not intended to e.g. that 2 DJ's work with BPM-Studio at the same time can, but in order to e.g. place each remote control in different areas and access BPM-Studio from both areas. For each remote control exist separate options of course, like COM port etc., thereby each remote control needs their own COM port. The remote control types can be mixed at will, sometimes however there are some restrictions which are related to that the sliders at the remote controls cannot be moved automatically. With two remote controls and both equipped with sliders, one must be specified as Master in the options, in the other one the sliders are inactive. At one remote control with sliders and one with pitch wheel only the sliders will work, the pitch wheels of the other remote control functions remains without function. With two remote controls equipped with pitch wheels there are no restrictions, this solution is therefore to be given the preference, if possible.

16. CD-Extra CD's with additional data tracks, e.g. video are now correctly read. So far it gave frquently problems with the last track.

17. BPM-Studio Pro has now a internal telnet and HTTP host. This makes it possible to control the most important functions remotely over telnet or any web browser. Furthermore BPM-Studio can be controlled over this interface from another application as well by simply sending HTTP commands and using as Host "localhost". The implemented commands are obtained by entering the following address in your WEB Browser while BPM-Studio and a server are active:


Port stands thereby for the HTTP Port adjusted in BPM-Studio.

An small sample application how the access over HTTP generally works are available from ALCATech upon request. At present a demo for Delphi exists which can simply transferred to other development systems.

18. Immediately youcan a special network version of BPM-Studio. With this network version you receive only a Dongle into which the desired number of licenses are burned. Thus you only need one Dongle at the server. This has the advantage that the client needs no additonal Dongles and no Dongle can " be lost " anymore. Furthermore the installation of BPM-Studio in the network will be simplier and the network licenses are offered at a more favorable price than the single versions.

19. Ex right away BPM-Studio supports the COM Ports 1-4, this extension became necessary as e.g. USB - > Serial adapters install on COM 3 and otherwise would not been usable. Attention USB - > Serial adapters are not to recommend for the connection of the remote controls as they are very slow and the reaction of the remote controls is not optimal.

20. The CD Writer functionality was now implemented. With this module audio and MP3 CD's can be created in a quite simple way. The functionality does not come near to an grown burner program and it shouldn't of course, in the foreground stood a simple handling. For the moment the following burners are supported. New burners are added every 3-4 months via a free driver update:


- ACER 4232A / 4432A / 6206A / 6232A / 6432A / 8432A
- ACTIMA 4420
- AOpen 9420 / 9624
- BTC 62IE
- CREATIVE 2224 / 4224 / 4210 / 4800 / 6424 / 8432 / 8433 /8435 / 8438 / 121032
- Discmatic AD1050
- Freecom 8432
- HEWLETT PACKARD 4020i / 6020i / 6020es / 6020ep / 7100 / 7110 / 7200 / 7500 / 7570 /
  8100 /8110 / 8200 / 8210 / M820E / 8250 / 9100 / 9200 / 9340 / 9500 / 9600 / 9700 / 9900
- HI-VAL 2242
- IMATION 4x4x20 / IMRR080020 / 8x8x20
- IOMEGA ZIP CD (alle Modelle)
- JVC XR-W2010 / XR-W2020 (2626) / XR-W2040 / XR-W2042 / XR-W2080 / XR-4080
- KODAK PCD225 / PCD600 / Disc Transporter
- LG/Goldstar CED-8041B / 8042B / 8043B / 8045B / 8080B / 8083B / 8120B
- LiteOn LTR-1240 / LTR-12101B
- MEMOREX 620 / 1622 / 2224 / 2642 / 2216 / 4224 / 4420 / 6424 / 8220 / 8432 / 6424-4
  (Trimax 2000) / TwelveMAXX 1032A
- MITSUMI CR-2401 / CR-4801 / CR-4802 / CR-4804 /CD-4805
- PANASONIC / MATSUSHITA CW-7501 / CW-7502 / CW-7503 / CW-7582 / CW-7585 / 7586
- PHILIPS CDD522 / CDD2000 / CDD2600 / CDD3600 / CDD 3610 / CDD 3801 (CD-RW 200) /
  OMNIWRITER / CDD4201 / CDD4401 / CDD4801
- PLASMON RF4100 / CDR4220 / CDR4240 / CDR480
- PLEXTOR PX-R24CS / PX-R412C / PX-RW4220T / PX-R820T / PX-R8220 / PX-8432 /
  PX-W124 /PX-W1210 / PX-1210 / PX-W1610
- RICOH RO-1420C / MP6200 / MP6201 MP7040 / MP7060 / MP7063/ MP7080 / MP7083 /
  MP7120 / MP 7200/ MP8040 / MP9060 / MP9120
- SMART & FRIENDLY 226 / 2001 / 2004 / 2006Plus / 2224 / 4000 / 4006 / 4012 / 8020
- SAMSUNG SW-204 / SW-206 / SW-207 / SW-208 / SM-304 / SM-308 / SW-408 / SW-212
- SANYO alle 8X und 12X
- SONY CDU-920S / CDU-924S / CDU-948S / CRX100E / CRX110E / CRX120E CRX120E /
  CRX140E / CRX140S / CRX145S / CRX145E / CRX160S / CRX160E / CRW-0811
- TDK VeloCD 8x / VeloCD 12x / VELO 16x/10x/40x
- TEAC CD-R50S / CD-R55S / CD-R56S / CD-R58S / CD-R58E / CD-W54E / CD-W512E /
  CD-W512S / CD-W516E
- Toshiba SD-R1002
- TRAXDATA CDR 2224 Plus / CDRW2260 / CDRW2260 PLUS / CDRW4260 / CDR4120 / 8432
- WAITEC WT2036 / WT2422 / WT2444 / WT3244 / WT412 / WT624 / WT824 / WT4046 /
  WT2082 / WT3284
- WEARNES CDR-432 / CDR-632 / CDRW-622
- YAMAHA CDR100 / 102 / 200 / 400 / 401 / 2216 / 2260 / 4001 / 4216 / 4260 / 4416 / 6416 /
  8424 / 8824 / 2100

Please consider to reduce first of all the speed by problems with the burner function, each blank cannot be written with each speed. In in any case you should switch off the automatic notification for all CD-ROM drives in the device manager, otherwise problems can arise in particular when burning audio-CD's.

Should further problems emerge please consult the following pages: (German) / (German) (English) (English)

In particular you should study the pages about Firmware Upgrades and ASPI Driver intensively.

21. The Clipboard functions were extended, with the usual Clipboard function a complete group can be taken over directly from to File Archive in the Clipboard. In particular in connection with the Writer module this function is helpful to take over a complete group into the Writer window.

22. Capable real-time " Loop Sampler " in connection with remote control. Further explanations in the manual.

23. Now also Playlists (PLS, M3U) can be pulled directly from the Windows Explorer into BPM-Studio by drag & drop.

24. Is the Control held while pressing on the " Load Playlist " button, the Playlist is attached to the existing Playlists.

25. The loading of the Archive at program start cannot be cancelled anymore. Unfortunately inexperienced users have cancelled the loading procedure again and again and thus archives have been destroyed.

26. The Pitch Bend Function has been overworked. From time to time it happened after pressing Pitch Bend + / - the pitch made itself independent and " ran away ". The Bend buttons can be pressed now at the same time and always the last pressed key has priority. In particular with a fast lightly touch of the two keys this works very good.



Version 3.4.6 / release date: 28.11.2000
3.4.6 / Bugfixes:
When changing the file info of several list entries not all changes got applied or sometimes unchecked tracks were changed - fixed

Version 3.4.5 / release date: 14.11.2000
3.4.5 / Gimmicks:
The search algorithm was optimized und works now in seconds even with big archives

The search function does not display any double entries any longer

The archive updat function was optimized drastically an takes no more than 10..20 minutes even with large archives, took hours or even days in former versions
3.4.5 / Bugfixes:
Achive loading was optimized and works significantly faster especially with larger archives (about 10 times)

Some small problems with the fader start got fixed

When loading an older file archive in version 3.4 all tracks were marked normalized - fixed

Version 3.4.0 / release date: 06.11.2000
Important ! The file archive is now no longer downward compatible, but there will be no longer any limitations of the number of files in the lists.
3.4.0 / New Features:
In the new generation of remote controls the faderstart function was implemented. To activate check the "Fader Start" box in the remote options. Caution: Fader start only works with remote controls with hardware revision 3.00B and up. The fader start has been made available in the software now and can be used with new RC units.

AutoUpdate for sound card drivers: In BPM Studio an automatic upgrade function for audio drivers is implemented. ALCATech receives the latest driver versions from selected sound card manufacturers and make the accessible on the ALCATech server for download. By the AutoUpdate function you not only get informed about new versions of BPM Studio, even about the latest drivers for your soundcard. To make this possible, BPM Studio recognizes the existing audio hardware and its driver versions and compares them to the driver data on the ALCATech server. Whenever there is a new version you will receive a notification including the corresponding link.
3.4.0 / Gimmicks:
New hotkeys in the lists. By this some shortcuts have been changed. Selected track can be loaded directly into the playlists now. Further Windows- compatible clipboard function were implemented (CTRL-C, CTRL-V etc.) See details here
3.4.0 / Bugfixes:
Because of the design of Winx the list size was limited to 32768 entries. By the development of a replacement of the Windows listbox control this limitation no longer exists.

Sometimes the ripper wasn't able to read the last frame of a track correctly.

The system froze when searching and setting a position in the CD player.

The set auto cue level didn't get assigned.

BPM-Studio could be started twice that wasn't wanted that way...

Under W2K shutdown/restart didn't work correctly. Fixed The AutoStart Funktion (/AUTO) didn't work correctly.

When the audio buffer was set to 2 sec in the audio options the current track quit playing after Search--> Play.

Also with a 2 sec. preload buffer and instant cue short loops and skips occured after Search --> Play. When playing a song in the monitor and starting another track blue screens appeared in a few cases.

Some genres of older versions did not get adapted correctly.

Some small troubles with the Kernel Driver and Delta soundcards got fixed.

AutoPlay, in the wait list mode witha hard fade were played back delayed and the first 500 ms were cut off.

Very small files, although already normalized, got normalized over and over again.

A problem occuring with sector synchronisation and block sizes above 13 on some CD-ROM drives got fixed.

At tracks over 60 minutes length the time is now displayed correctly (at least till 99:99.0 minutes).

When using the Kernel driver in some cases the allocated memory wasn't freed which could lead to a rapid loss of free memory. In this case some malfunctions as dropouts or jittering after some hours could occur.

Version 3.3.0 / release date: 12.10.2000
3.3.0 / Gimmicks:
The kernel driver now got its own entry in the system settings.
When there are any problems with the Kernel driver it can be easily deactivated.

In the BPM Studio audio options the latency of the kernel driver can be set now. This can be useful when playback stutters on sounds not tested by us, for instance Caution: Anyone who does not know what he should do should keep his hands off this !!!

Instant cue function: The audio engine got reviewed and is now capable to jump from any position back to the cue point within 4 ms (depending on the audio driver). Especially interesting is this feature at the cue play function (normal or alternative) which can work as a sampler now.

Complete Windows ME support. ME now works as fine as Win 98, the known disadvantages of Win 2000 and and Windows NT do not exist and we can recommend Windows ME as well as Windows 98 without any limitations.
3.3.0 / Bugfixes:
A "small" bug in the user options got fixed. In some cases the passwords were visible to all users. (sorry ;-))

Hybrid CD's where the last track is a data track are now being processed and read correctly

The communication with the control unit got improved so that less commands have to be transmitted.

An error (Invalid driver ID) when opening the options under Windows 95C got fixed

A problem with the kernel driver and some driver versions of the SB PCI got recovered. The driver could be selected but the player did not run.

At stop and restart of a player there is no "rough" stop but a short fading of 25 ms is executed to avoid clicks.

Unfortunately the system sounds were not switched off at properly the start of BPM Studio which led to troubles sometimes. All system sounds are now being disabled completely and restored after shutdown of BPM Studio.

As soon as the kernel driver was installed it was not possible to switch the comuter to suspended mode which was especially annoying withn notebooks. The kernel driver now supports suspended mode and does not have to be deactivated.

Some customers pointed out that the MP3 codec of the newer versions sounds worse. The reason was the new encoder library we received from Fraunhofer. Tests confirmed this so we returned to the previous version which never caused problems.

At some installations the playback was spoiled by noise - fixed

Some small bugfixes in the kernel driver

Lots of trifles and clean ups not interesting for the normal user

Version 3.2.5 / release date: 04.09.2000
3.3.0 / New Features:
In the list menus there is now a entry "Export" by which selected Titles can be copied or decoded.
3.2.5 / Bugfixes:
Lots of trifles and clean ups not interesting for the normal user

Version 3.2.0 / release date: 23.08.2000
3.2.0 / New Features:
Extremely exact Realtime BPM counter working between 50 and 300 BPM with 99% accuracy. The following ranges are available: 50...100, 75...150,100...200, 150...300 BPM. The value is being calculated directly in the player and does not requier a separate

BPM counter. Once calculated the value can be transferred directly to the ID3 tag.

In the BPM Studio Audio Options a new driver type can be selected, the Kernel driver. This driver developed by ALCATech adresses the soundcard at an extremely low level and offers extremely ahort latency times (4-10 ms) by high stability because of its high priority. The driver gets back on existing driver functionalities as e.g. DirectSound and works on almost all cards even those that produced dropouts because of their missing Direct sound drivers. The kernel driver only works with windows 95/98, NT and W2K are NOT suppoted until now because of the limitations of the operating system.

CDDB batch query: After inserting several CD's the CDDB query for these CD's can be done in one go.

Loudness adjustment: The normalize function was reviewed completely and works now as a loudness adjustment. The file archive menu now contains a new option „Normalize" with which the whole file archive will be normalized in one go. At large archives this process might take several hours but has to be done only once for each song. When adding new files and normalzing files already scanned will not be scanned again and will therefore go faster. When normalizing peak and RMS levels of all songs are being scanned and the value of the average loudness is being detected. When finished the song with the highst and the lowest loudness level is detected and all songs will be adjusted based on these values. Songs with a high volume level will be damped and songs with a low level will be amplified, the dynamics remain widely untouched because only one amplification factor is used for each track and no dynamics adjustment is applied.

Internet connection can be established/terminated manually right click on CDDB button

New driver interface for EASI drivers (eMagic)

Pro version only: Calibrate Sliders: The control unit options now have the button „Calibrate". In case the sliders don't reset to the middle position this can be calibrated by clicking on this button.
3.2.0 / Gimmicks:
Low level audio engine reviewed and optimized completely. Parallel processing of Data by MMX optimizing improved. Memory comsuption of the audio engine reduced.
3.2.0 / Bugfixes:
At times BPM Studio did not recognize the change of a CD, fixed

Blue screen in Dsound.vxd caused by some DirectSound drivers e.g. Midiman 2044 avoided

When more than 999 songs were loaded in a playlist the track number was cut off, fixed

When player is stopped you can toggle between the recent cue-point and the song start. When jumping back to the start of song silence is being skipped

Some genres are no longer being stored in the registry and will therefore not erased when the registry is cleared In the file options folders in several levels are displayed correctly

Troubles with the bitmap drawing on some graphic cards were fixed

Smaller problems with ASIO drivers were fixed

New Spline interpolation filter offering better pitch quality with ASIO, EASI, WAVE and Kernel drivers

Master tempo algorithm completely reviewed. Much better quality and MMX optimized.

Version 3.0.5 / release date: 03.05.2000
3.0.5 / Neue Features:
The same track can be loaded to the playlists several times

„agressive refresh" option - It's possible to deactivate the aggressive refresh (all displays are redrawn at slower speed). This function improves the performance up to 10% per player on slower computers (Celeron(TM) Notebooks etc.)
3.0.5 / Gimmicks:
Improvement of performance from 7 to 10% by optimizing New keyboard shortcut Alt+V = Visualization
3.0.5 / Bugfixes:
An error by changing the preload buffer size in the audio options was fixed

The last 2-3 seconds were cut off, this error was fixed

An error at the „Silent Detection" (Auto-Cue) was fixed

Access Violation by using front/rear outputs was fixed

Version 3.0.0 / release date: 20.04.2000
3.0.0 / Neue Module:
Several users can work without influencing each other by using the user administration Skin support
3.0.0 / New Features:
„Master Tempo" (time stretching, changing playback speed without changing the pitch)

WinAmp Visualization PlugIn support

Full Screen mode 800x600 and 1024x768 supportet, at higher resolutions several modules are being displayed additional

Several tracks can be selected and edited in the File Info Box. So an artist or album entry can be assinged to a hole group of tracks

3D soundcard support, so with a Terratec DMX sound card e. g. a two-channel-solution can be obtained. Hint: Due to the fact that the front and rear output are offer a different quality of playback, this solution is not suitable for professional use. Terratec DMX and SB Live were tested successfully, but the SB live does not offer enough hardware buffer space to work as monitor for BPM Studio.

BPM Studio now comes with extended networt support. A system can consist of one server and several clients. The servers File Archive is displayed on all clients, but changes can only be made on the server. Changes in the servers File Archive are automatically detected by the clients.

BPM Studio can be run as an exclusive shell application. This feature is useful for applications were users should only be allowed to have access only to BPM Studio and no other programs on the system.

BPM Studio was optimized for multiprocessor systems running under NT or W2000. Each player can use seperate processor, if present, which improves the systems stability and player performance.

For the CDDB query BPB Studio either uses an existing internet connection or the automatic dial function of Windows and terminates the connection correctly.

The settings of the CDDB query are being expanded, to use alternate CDDB servers you can enter URL and port number of the server

Advanced CDDA parameters can be setup for each CD-ROM drive
33.0.0 / Bugfixes:
In some configurations BPM Studio lost the File Archive. This bug is fixed now

Temp files are being delete completely now

The ID3 tag was not written on write protected files, This has now be changed

No temp files are generated on writing ID3 tags

Sometimes the group "SEARCH RESULTS" were deleted by the autosave function

Access violation occured when exiting the BPM Counter

A problem in the whole system when using DirectSound at W2000 was avoided. (With a start of a player the last 0,5 seconds of the previous song was repeated)

Version 2.0.0 / release date: 18.11.1999
2.0.0 / New Modules:
A new module called Loop Sampler was insert

By using the MP3 Streaming-Modul the master output can live streamed in a network or the Internet. BPM Studio supports the Shoutcast/Icecast protocols, and no other external modules are needed. In our check outs we streamed with 128 kBit, and the system load was smaller than 30%

Language Modul: BPM Studio supports now different languages. (in this time are available the languages english and german and we work on italian, france and dutch)

Backup Modul for the file archive
2.0.0 / New Features:
Every modul that could save the titles in WAVE till now can save now directly in MP3. So the recorder can now record MP3's in realtime.

The monitor-function has been completly redone. The different sample frequencies of the soundcards will be corrected, so drifting apart of the output signals between monitor and master will be avoided

MP3 to WAVE decompressing

Presets for the equalizer settings

Displaying pitch and pitch area in the display of the remote control

NEW: fulltext search (wildcards *, ?)

Now you can seach for BPM areas e.g. 120..130 BPM

You can drag titels from the playlists to the cd-player, so the cd-player is a 3rd player or a comfortable preview player.

Autosave feature: every 5 minutes the whole state of BPM-Studio is saved to disk. Even when the system crashes you wont lose your archives or other data.

With the buttons A,B,C you can set the pitch area for each player, even from the remote control.
2.0.0 / Gimmicks:
When autoplay-mode was active while program shut down, it will be activated when you start BPM-Studio again.

AutoCue (skip silence at the beginning)

The CPU usage was reduced about 5%, this means again more performance

The options of the ASIO drivers can be changed directly from the options of BPM Studio

The wave out drivers have been optimized. Buffers of 3x8192 are no problem on fast computers (P III 500), this reduces the delay that is always higher than the delay of the other drivers.

A lot of customers, who work with the Digital SL, could not change to BPM-Studio when they had bigger filearchives created with visiosonic software. Because Digital SL encoded all MP3 files.We took a closer look at the encoded files and we determined that this encoding is not for protecting copyrights. The encoding only prevents the users of Digital SL to change to another system, like BPM-Studio. Because in our opinion all software should be compatible as possible, we implemented a function that can read the encoded Digital SL files, without changing them. Welcome to BPM-Studio and much greetings to Visiosonic ;-)

A new command line parameter has been added. With /auto your can start BPM-Studio in auto-play mode. A playlist called 'auto.lst' will be loaded an played. When you install BPM-Studio in an auto run folder of windows you only have to turn on the computer an it will start to play. This is usefull for cafes, bars, etc. when there is no DJ. Additionally you can use the parameter /SHUFFLE.

There is a new Hot-Key: with [Control]-[Shift] or [Alt]-[P] you can the play selected track in the player
2.0.0 / Bugfixes:
The „List Index out of bounds" error was fixed.

Errors while saving the settings of the sampler were fixed.

„Unable to create file" error was fixed. BPM-Studio now checks the filenames for illegal chars (like " \/:*?"<>|. ") replaces them with a blank char.

An error with the CD-Text informations was fixed

A memory leak that could crash your system was fixed

ASPI driver (NT) initializing error was fixed

The noise problem in cobination with newer versions of Windows 95 was fixed

You can now disable the ASPI Driver that could cause problems under NT

The long-term stability has been improved

Internet problems on startup were fixed

An error while parsing the ID3 Tags was fixed.